Gamescom 2016: Overwatch, Pokémon, and Injustice 2

We’ve already seen some exciting reveals at Gamescom, and the awesomeness continues to stream out of Cologne with the latest updates.

Two of the big titles attracting attention in recent months, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, have been demonstrated in greater detail, whetting fans’ appetites for more of their favourite creature-catching action. Overwatch’s DLC has also been a focus, and the latest news on Injustice 2 is pretty damn sweet too.

Enough small-talk – let’s get stuck in …

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon MoonPokémon Sun and Moon are set to hit the market in a few months, and Nintendo has been livestreaming the games at Gamescom. One of the most exciting revelations has been Turtonator, a dynamic new Pokémon with a great pink-and-yellow design. Will this become one of the series’ icons? We’ll have to wait and see, but this volcano-dwelling creature certainly has the potential to capture fans’ imaginations in a big way.

Other new, exciting features includes Alola forms, which allows players to evolve their Pokémon into different forms we’ve seen before, with ‘mon such as Vulpix, Ninetales, Sandshrew having their own. The new Alolan Region looks set to be a great location, with plenty to see and do.

The new games will also introduce the Z-Move. This enables Pokémon to unleash a massively powerful move whenever the trainer and the Pokémon themselves activate it together. While it’s unlikely to revolutionize the entire fighting system, the Z-Move should at least bring a nice breath of fresh air to the experience of playing Pokémon.

Overwatch DLC

Overwatch DLCBlizzard treated attendees with their promised animated short at Gamescom. This charming little tale focuses on Bastion, Overwatch’s tough-cookie robot, as he connects with nature. It’s gorgeous to look at, and expands the Overwatch universe in grand style.

Blizzard also revealed Overwatch’s first new stage, Eichenwalde. This vertical map is set in a colourful, abandoned German village, with the kind of massive castle every good German village should have. This new map is built for both Escort and Assault modes, with the former focusing on players escorting a battering ram to the castle. Sounds cool, right?

This can only help attract even more players to Overwatch – it recently broken the 15 million mark, and this will surely just keep going up and up for the time being.

Injustice 2

Injustice 2Anyone who played NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us is no doubt ready for the sequel to come along, craving new characters and more fast-paced brawling.

Harley Quinn was one of the coolest, most fun villains/anti-heroes to play as in the first game, and she returns for the sequel. Now that she’s a little more mainstream (thanks to the Suicide Squad movie), Harley’s likely to be more of an attraction for new players, and her default design in the game is clearly intended to tie-in with the movie. The graphics are incredible, and Harley looks especially fantastic; she even brings her pet hyenas along for the ride.

harley quinnHarley’s Suicide Squad co-star, Deadshot, is one of several new playable characters. Again, his default look is evocative of the film’s design, with the mask and armour a little different to the comic-book style. Of course, NetherRealm Studios took some liberties with the characters’ designs in the first game, and it’s no bad thing.

Injustice 2 is also introducing Supergirl, Blue Beetle, and Gorilla Grodd to the mix, while staple characters (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) will all return. Of course, we’re sure other heroes and villains will be released as DLC following the game’s release.

What do you think of the revelations at this year’s Gamescom so far? Let us know!