• 'Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart" will launch during the launch window for the PlayStation 5, although what that means exactly is subject to interpretation
  • A new gameplay trailer for the game was presented at the conclusion of the digital-only Gamescom Opening Night Live
  • Other titles featured included "Star Wars: Squadrons," "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War," and "Unknown9: Awakening"

At the conclusion of Gamescom Opening Night Live, an extended gameplay trailer for “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart” was presented together with the announcement that the title would be released at some point during the launch window of the PlayStation 5.

With the PS5 currently still set for a holiday 2020 release, points out that the precise meaning of “launch window” remains ambiguous. It could mean a side-by-side release with the console, it could also mean a release a few weeks later. A few months after the console’s release might be too much of a stretch though.

Developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart” will serve as a canonical continuation of “Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus.” However, this can act as a purely standalone title on its own.

A trailer for “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” opened the Gamescom Opening Night Live show after a wider reveal to the media yesterday, with over 30 games from studios of all sizes appearing in the showcase. That was followed by a trailer for a new game from Reflector Entertainment entitled “Unknown9: Awakening,” which is planned for PC and next-gen consoles.

A showcase of new concept art for BioWare’s in-development new “Dragon Age” title was also shown as was a trailer for the “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” expansion to be released on Oct. 27. Gameplay was also shown for “Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond” with a release window of holiday 2020 on Oculus devices.

Willem Defoe, James McAvoy, and Daisy Ridley have also lent their voices to “12 Minutes” was revealed. Meanwhile, “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” will be delayed to spring 2021.

“Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time,” “Star Wars: Squadrons,” “Godfall,” “Chorus” (from Fishlabs and Deep Silver), and “Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout” Season 2 were also highlighted during the showcase.

Finally, a number of Gamescom Award winners were announced. However, the majority of the award categories will not be given out until August 30.

The following awards were given out at Opening Night Live today:

  • Best Action-Adventure Game – “Watch Dogs: Legion” (Ubisoft)
  • Best Action Game – “Star Wars: Squadrons” (Electronic Arts)
  • Best Indie Game – “Curious Expedition 2” (Maschinen-Mensch)
  • Best Xbox Game – “Tell Me Why” (Microsoft)
  • Best Multiplayer Game – “Operation: Tango” (Clever Plays)
  • Best Nintendo Switch Game – “Little Nightmares 2” (Bandai Namco)
  • Best PlayStation Game – “Cyberpunk 2077” (CD Projekt Red)
PlayStation 5 console
Sony released this picture on June 11 of its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, without revealing pricing or a launch date. Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.