The first day of Gamescom is at an end. The press conferences are over, the headlines are typed up and both Matt and Carl are currently crushing a whole bunch of next-gen games to bring you hands-on impressions from the bleeding edge.
However, now that's all done and dusted, it's time to pick apart the biggest headlines of the day and discuss some of the most genuinely surprising revelations we learned over the last 24 hours. Even though Sony's press conference was more sedate that we expected, there were still a fair few megatons to drop...
PopCap plans to push the limits of next-generation hardware with their upcoming sequel, which has surprisingly chosen Xbox One as lead platform. As opposed to, say, iOS.
It's an odd state of affairs, but hey, we've got a fever. An extreme fever. And the only prescription is... well, you know.
The fact that a Fable game is coming to Xbox One is about as surprising as... well... an unsurprising thing. It's been a long day. Don't judge me. However, the fact that we'll be able to play as a villanous commander who can control a horde of creatures and set up dangerous dungeons will be a refreshing change of pace for the stagnant series, along with its prequel setting and 4-player co-op.
8: Where Was God Of War IV & Uncharted 4?
Answers on a postcard.
Actually, no, because everyone will write "waiting to be announced shortly before the PS4 launches for one last publicity push. Hopefully."
7: Terminators: The Video Game Announced
Oh yes! Oh God no. Oh... yes?
Reef will have to deliver with Rambo: The Video Game before we trust them with this license. No pressure.
You all wanted it. You're all getting it. Though The Division was originally only announced for PS4 and Xbox One, it's clear that the home of RPGs more than deserves its own version.
Interestingly, though, the Xbox One will get some exclusive content, despite Massive previously saying that all platforms were created equal. I can use a mouse on PC, though, so I don't particularly care.
5: Crackdown 3 MIA
We were all rather expecting Microsoft to reveal a Crackdown sequel during their Gamescom showcase, what with all the rumours and teases flying about. More to the point, since Dead Rising 2 was added to Games For Gold to hype up the incoming Dead Rising 3, we hoped that the original Crackdown was featured for the very same reason.
No such luck. What are you working on, Ruffian?
There ain't no rest for the wicked. Even if you're on the bus.
In other news, Microsoft's Minecraft Monopoly Melted Magnificently. I wish I'd thought of that headline earlier.
As Amiga fan(boys) to a man, we were chuffed to learn that Shadow Of The Beast is getting re-imagined, remade, gussied up and shoved out on PS4.
Please be great. Please.
We like nice surprises.
"Hang on," I hear you interrupt - somewhat rudely I might add. "Sure, the PS4 launches on November 29th. That's great news, but surely it didn't surprise anyone on the planet? We knew it would release before Christmas."
You're right, of course, but you've got to let me finish. Sony may have locked down their release dates...
...But Microsoft Didn't
This puts the battle for next-gen into an exciting state of flux. At any time, Microsoft could be poised to steal a march on Sony by holding a major press event and hurrying their entertainment system out of the door before the PS4 can react. Conversely, though, they might still be so busy retrofitting the OS at the last minute that they literally have no idea what they're doing.
Either way, it'll be fun finding out.
Stay tuned to Dealspwn.com for the latest news from Gamescom and our elite ground team, who'll be bringing you hands-on and video coverage throughout the next few days.