Our top 5 trailers from Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live

Staring off this year’s Gamescom with a bang, Gamescom Opening Night Live showed off a bunch of new and upcoming games that we simply can’t wait to get our hands on. That being said, we thought we would round up 5 of our favourite trailers form the stream and why we can’t wait for each of these to hit our consoles.

5. Dead Island 2

It lives! We all remember the initial trailer for Dead Island 2, even if it debuted just over 8 years ago back at E3 2014. That being said, we were gifted a new gameplay trailer that marked what can only be considered a return to form, complete with wacky characters, a vibrant Santa Monica inspired setting and so much blood and gore, it will make your head spin. No, we really mean it. This gameplay trailer also highlighted a bespoke gore system which lets you cut through flesh, bones and organs with precision.

Either way, we’re just glad that this is back; and for real this time. Dead Island 2 will launch on all major platforms on the 3rd of February, 2023.


4. Dune: Awakening

We’re simply glad that an iconic sci-fi franchise like Dune is also getting a resurgence. From Denis Villeneuve’s film remake to the upcoming strategy game Dune: Spice Wars, it only feels right that such an expansive world like Dune gets a survival-based MMO for fans of the franchise and genre alike. The cinematic trailer shows an unnamed protagonist surveying the desert landscape, a brewing sandstorm in the distance, while a Shai-Hulud (otherwise known as a giant sand worm) erupts from the ground.

While we’re still yet to get a peek at gameplay, we can only imagine it will play alongside other similar third-person open-world experiences. At the time of writing, no official release date has been announced, although you can sign up for the beta here.


3. New Tales from the Borderlands

I personally feel that the original Tales from the Borderlands is the best Telltale game. There, I said it. So you could imagine my excitement when New Tales from the Borderlands was revealed, highlighting a new trio of characters locked in a battle with weapons manufacturer Tediore. As you’d expect, our protagonists are also set on finding yet another hidden vault that could be the answer to all their problems, with Tediore understandably hot on their heels.

As Telltale Games is sadly no longer at the helm, it remains to be seen just how New Tales from the Borderlands will function from a gameplay perspective, although we’ll keep our fingers crossed in hoping for yet another point-and-click adventure. New Tales from the Borderlands will launch on all major platforms on the 21st of October, 2022.


2. Hogwarts Legacy

Even we’ll admit, the hype is getting strong with this one. While we were finally given an official release date only weeks ago, a new trailer has dropped, highlighting the origins of Salazar Slytherin and the nature of Forbidden Curses and dark magic. It’s unclear if this serves as a flashback sequence containing specific characters, or more of an introduction to the narrative which will set the story in motion. Either way, consider us excited.

Hogwarts Legacy will launch on all major platforms on the 10th of February 2023, along with both Deluxe and Collector’s Editions that will provide a 72-hour early access pass.


1. The Callisto Protocol 

For what many wold have thought to be a Dead Space clone of sorts, is rapidly building a strong case for one of the most original (and brutal) games on the horizon. Don’t get me wrong, the horror vibes are at maximum capacity, with dark environments and intimidating creatures, but it’s the incredible pace of this gameplay trailer that has us excited for more.

The trailer doesn’t show off much in the way of a narrative, but sees our protagonist weave their way through what feels like a sea of enemies, before being caught in a rapid ride down a sewer canal. Fair warning here, if you are squeamish in any way, we recommend watching the end of this trailer through the slits of your fingers, because the gory finish is undoubtedly visceral as it is engaging. We understand this section of gameplay may have been specifically curated for such a trailer, but consider us sold. The Callisto Protocol will launch on all major platforms on the 2nd of December, 2022.

And that’s a wrap! We’ll be sure to touch base with each of these titles as more news and content drops, so stay tuned.

Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.