Hold on to your capes, Bat-fans: the whole LEGO Batman trilogy is up for grabs on Steam in our giveaway this week!
Gamescom 2019 begun with a special edition of Inside Xbox, where it was announced that seven titles will join the Game Pass library this month, three of which are available now.
The Bard's Tale Trilogy recently hit Game Pass and on 27 August you can continue the series, as The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut will be available for Xbox and PC.
And finally, 30 August will see the launch of Bloober Team's Blair Witch, a psychological horror title that "studies your reactions to danger and stress."
Let us know what you'll be playing this month in the comments below or over in the forums.
Arr winner be Dean Garfield!
The Gamescom festivities kick off next week and we're expecting to see lots of new trailers, gameplay and announcements along with the usual post-E3 updates over the course of the event. There are three livestreams in total, all taking place one after the other on Monday, 19 August. All times stated are in GMT.
Microsoft have teased "big news and reveals" on some of the biggest titles coming our way, such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Wasteland 3, Empire of Sin, Greedfall, The Surge 2, Vigor, Metro Exodus and Blair Witch, as well as some info about what's coming to Xbox Game Pass and November's X019 showcase.
You can catch Inside Xbox at 5pm, via Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
For those who don't want Google Stadia to crash and burn, Stadia Connect is said to be "all about the games" showing even more brand new trailers and going behind-the-scenes with some of their partners.
Google are keeping their cards close to their chest but the platform is already sporting a healthy lineup of launch titles, including Destiny 2, Metro Exodus, Mortal Kombat 11 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
You can watch Stadia Connect at 6pm on YouTube.
Opening Night Live
The last of the big streams, and possibly the most anticipated, is Opening Night Live, hosted by The Game Awards' Geoff Keighley.
A number of big names are slated for the stream and we'll also hear from some independent studios. The confirmed list of appearances so far includes Death Stranding director, Hideo Kojima, and:
You can tune in to Mixer, Twitch or YouTube at 7pm to see them in action.
THQ Nordic have a packed week ahead of them, with livestreams starting at 10am Tuesday through Saturday. Those in attendance will get the chance to go hands-on with a handful of games, whilst the rest of us will have to make do with watching. We can look forward to seeing a previously unannounced title and more from the following:
Check out this image for the full rundown and watch it live on Twitch, YouTube or Facebook.
Head to the forums or comment below to let us know if you'll be watching any of the livestreams and check out what we think will be the highlights of Gamescom 2019.
Codemasters’ (F1 2019, DiRT Rally 2.0) GRID reboot will be playable for the first time at Gamescom, which takes place in Cologne, Germany next week.
“We are so excited to bring our vision for dynamic motorsport racing to the Gamescom community,” said GRID Game Director Chris Smith. “I truly look forward to seeing all the players having fun with GRID and creating their own racing stories, I hope to see you there.”
GRID features a variety of cars and race types – including, point to point, circuit and street racing – all set across four continents. Havana was the latest Street Circuit to be announced for the game, which you can see in action in the video below.
GRID is out 11 October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. A Google Stadia version will be available some time in November.
Are you going to Gamescom? Looking forward to trying GRID? Let us know below or in the forums.
Traxmaster Software’s neon-drenched, level-shifting 2.5D platformer, Exception, is now available on PC and consoles.
All the action is set to a futuresynth soundtrack created by some of the genre’s top artists, including Waveshaper and Kalax.
“After five years in development I am stoked to finally release Exception for everyone to enjoy,” said Will Traxler, Founder of Traxmaster Software.
“The shifting environment in Exception offers players a new way to experience action platforming while the whole game aesthetic harkens back to arcade nostalgia.”
Exception is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC with an RRP of $14.99/€12.49/£10.99
Let us know what you think of the game below or over in the forums.
Studio Fizbin, an independent team from Germany, are partnering with publisher Mixtvision to bring Minute of Islands to the masses.
Mo will discover the truth about herself, the islands and the Giants living below the surface, as she journeys across the "haunted islands of her homeworld and into the depths of her subconscious," in an "emotional, poetic story of self-exploration."
The colourful world is brought to life through a hand-drawn, comic book art style and deeply atmospheric soundtrack, with curious characters, intricate details and tiny discoveries littered across multiple unique islands.
Minute of Islands is due to release early 2020 on Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC.
Like the sound of Minute of Islands? Let us know below or over in the forums.