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Top Five Surprises From Gamescom 2017

by Elise Favis on Aug 29, 2017 at 01:26 PM

Gamescom 2017 amassed 350,000 visitors, breaking last year's attendance rate record with fans and game companies coming to the European event from all over the world. While it has a huge number of fans attending, Gamescom nonetheless is seeing fewer and fewer big announcements each year. We still had some interesting surprises this year, however, even if they were few and far between. Here are our top five surprising moments from the event.

This feature was co-written by associate editors Elise Favis and Javy Gwaltney.

Fe Reemerges After Two Year Absence 
Zoink Games' Fe was first introduced at E3 2015, and we hadn't heard much about this colorful platformer since then. During EA's presser at Gamescom, however, it reemerged on stage with a short teaser. It was also announced it would be coming to another platform: Nintendo Switch. You can read about our hands-on impressions and how it compares to Ori and the Blind Forest by heading here. Fe releases next year.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Turns Out To Be The Star Of The Show
Despite being a nearly year-old Early Access game, the Xbox One port of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds ended up being the most popular game at Gamescom. We passed the Xbox booth several times while on the show floor and the line for the PUBG stations were backed up beyond the booth and out onto the show floor. Our own Javy Gwaltney managed to get his hands on the port for a single session before things got too crazy. Here's what he thought of it.

Biomutant Arrives Out Of Nowhere And Is Delightful
Biomutant is the rollicking, kung-fu focused new IP from publisher developer THQ Nordic, and it's a trip. Jeff Cork checked it out for us and admired how wacky and silly the game is. You can read his impressions here

Kingdom Come Might Live Up To Its Ambitions
Kingdom Come has turned heads since its announcement as a Kickstarter project in 2014 thanks to this RPG's large scope and atypical focus on history over fantasy. As the game nears its release in February, the game seems to be shaping up rather well, with Jeff Cork having enjoyed his time with a preview build of the game. 

Assassin's Creed And Final Fantasy XV Crossover
Well, we think it's safe to say no one predicted this. Announced during Gamescom, Ubisoft revealed that Assassin's Creed armor, as well as an Assassin's Creed-themed festival, would be coming to Final Fantasy XV on August 30. You can watch a trailer for the DLC here. Like most things with Final Fantasy XV, it's slightly bizarre but also compelling.

For more on Gamescom, check out our interview with Capcom on Monster Hunter: World.