(Pocket-lint) - Gamescom 2021 has started. Germany's biggest annual videogames convention is underway, but as with most conventions these days, it is virtual-only in 2021.
Over the next couple of days, there will be additional amazing online presentations and shows, but it was officially kicked off with a two-hour long traditional Opening Night Live event, hosted by The Game Awards' Geoff Keighley and GameStar's Natascha Becker.
Here are our highlights of everything launched and shown.
How to watch Gamescom 2020 Opening Night Live
You can rewatch it via the video at the top of this page.
Alternatively, you can watch it on The Game Awards' YouTube channel.
All the announcements
Here are all the games announced and/or shown during the ONL showcase.
Developer Volition is going back to its roots with a reboot of Saints Row - ditching the aliens and some of the sillier aspects from the last few chapters for a more grounded open-world adventure. There's an all new character lineup too. Exciting.
You can read much more about the new Saints Row right here.
Marvel's Midnight Suns
A brand new Marvel game is coming, this time from 2K Games. A tactical RPG based on a lesser known comic book series, it'll be released in March 2022 and features a diverse list of characters - including Ghost Rider, oh yes! The best part is that you can customise an all-new superhero to play as.
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Real gameplay was shown during Opening Night Live for the first time. A proper play through of the tense opening sequence for Russian female character Polina Petrova. It also marks a return to the more realistic look of Modern Warfare.
You can read much more about Call of Duty: Vanguard right here.
Although Xbox ommitted Halo Infinite from its own Gamescom stream, Opening Night Light got an exclusive on the free-to-play multiplayer mode - including a brief cinematic trailer. We also officially learned that the game will launch with campaign and multiplayer combined on 8 December 2021.
You can read much more on Halo Infnite right here.
Halo Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Halo Infinite Xbox Series X
Wow. As well as a special edition version of the pro Xbox controller, there's a special version of the Xbox Series X itself.
You can read more on the Halo controller and Xbox Series X here.
Cult of the Lamb
Coming from Devolver Digital, Cult of the Lamb looks a crazy but brilliant action-adventure starring, well, a lamb.
Midnight Fight Express
Humble Games' Midnight Fight Express was shown a little during the Xbox event on Tuesday. We got to see more of it here.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
A new retro-inspired TMNT beat-em-up is coming soon and we got to see a glimpse of the gameplay.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania
So many characters are joining the monkey gang for the new game, including Morgana from Persona 5. We also got to see a load of the mini games in the above trailer.
Season 0 of the game is now available, with a new trailer showing what you can enjoy in the free-to-play battle arena/portal game.
The beta of Ubisoft's massively multiplayer outdoor sports game is now open to everyone until 28 August.
Century Age of Ashes
Fly dragons. That is all.
Strikerz Inc is launching a free-to-play football league online.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
The entire Skywalker saga in the subject of an all-new Lego Star Wars game. It'll be available "spring 2022".
Synced: Off Planet
A companion shooter! Yep, we're wondering exactly what that might be too.
The Outlast Trials
Yep, Outlast will be back in 2022.
This could well be the most incredible looking and crazy game yet. It genuinely looks like people in costumes going mad in the suburbs.
Jurassic World Evolution 2
Return to theme park creation in Frontier's bigger and better simulation game sequel.
Far Cry 6
ONL got an exclusive on the story trailer. You can read much more about Far Cry 6 right here.
Vampire The Masquerade: Blood Hunt
Early access on Steam starts 7 September.
A new theme park management game is coming from Bandai Namco.
Jett: The Far Shore
We got to see more on Jett and we'll soon get to play it ourselves as it's out on 5 October.
Horizon Forbidden West
A delay to the release date has sadly been announced: 18 February 2022. No new trailer either.
Amazon's MMORPG will be fully available from 28 September 2021. ONL got a new trailer.
Marvel Future Revolution
This is available to download for free now for iOS and Android.
Tales of Luminaria
A new Tales of Arise series game is coming to iOS and Android.
Jumanji The Curse Returns
Yep, a Jumanji game.
We didn't get to see much during ONL, but there will be more gameplay shown in the coming days.
Deadmaus is coming to Core. Er, yeah.
Disney and Fall Guys combine for a jungle Book themed event.
We didn't get to see much, but you can buy the song from the trailer. Er, what?
Age of Empires IV
We got to see trebauches during the Xbox Stream, now actual gameplay. Hurrah!
Valheim: Hearth & Home
A superb anime-style trailer announced that Valheim: Heart & Home will be available from 16 September.
New footage of new multiplayer maps for the FPS that's coming soon.
Horizon's Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact. 'Nuff said.
Kung fu combat is king in Sifu. It'll be available from 22 February 2022.
Death Stranding: Director's Cut
Opening Night Live ended with a new gameplay deep dive trailer of the amazing changes coming to the reissue.
You can also follow all of the goings on at Gamescom 2021 on its dedicated homepage here.