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Gamescom 2018 award nominees list leaks new PS4 game


 

Gamescom just revealed its nominee list for its 2018 awards, and one nomination stood out in particular, since it hasn’t even been announced yet.

A game called Project Mephisto was listed in the category for “Best Console Game – Sony PlayStation 4.” While the other nominees—Marvel’s Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey—both had their respective publishers listed next to them, Project Mephisto, which is working title, didn’t have any such information attached to it.

So, what is it?

Our first guess is that it’s related in some way to one of the “multiple” Diablo projects that Blizzard recently teased. Mephisto is one of the Prime Evils who’s defeated in Diablo II. Blizzard did state that more information about one of its Diablo projects would arrive “later this year,” and an announcement at Gamescom would technically count as “later this year.”

However, we have another theory. Bare with us, because this is about to go down a weird rabbit hole that probably will amount to nothing, since it’s most likely the Diablo thing.

We discovered a September 2013 post on TIGSource Forums describing a game from indie developer Nuke Nine called “Project Mephisto.” That project eventually became (we think) Vagante, which went through four years of early access development before finally launching version 1.0 in February 2018. The game looks similar to the recently released Dead Cells, in that it combines platforming, procedurally generated levels, and roguelike mechanics. It isn’t well-known, but it’s well-liked on Steam, having “Very Positive” overall reviews.

Is it possible that Vagante is getting a PlayStation 4 port? Is there a reason why the very, very indie developer would wait until Gamescom to announce it? Is it possible that it’s so good, it deserves to be ranked alongside games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed Origins? I don’t know. I haven’t played it. It looks neat, though.

Like I said, maybe we’re digging a little too deep for this one. It’s probably just some dumb Diablo thing, which probably means we’ll see a new Diablo game announcement at Gamescom, and blah blah blah. Or it could be something else entirely. Who knows!

We reached out to Sony and Nuke Nine for comment to see if they have anything to do with this, and we’ll update if we hear anything.

Anyway, since this was supposed to be a post about the 2018 Gamescom award nominees and not a Pepe Silvia–style headfirst dive into our own insanity, here’s the full list:

Best Action Game

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Add-on/DLC

  • Destiny 2
  • State of Decay 2

Best Casual Game

  • Life is Strange 2
  • Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
  • Team Sonic Racing

Best Family Game

  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Super Mario Party

Best Puzzle/Skill Game

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Persona 5: Dancing in the Starlight

Best Racing Game

  • F1 2018
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Team Sonic Racing

Best Role Playing Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
  • Kingdom Hearts 3

Best Simulation Game

  • Anno 1800
  • F1 2018
  • Farming Simulator 19

Best Social/Online Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dying Light: Bad Blood
  • Rend

Best Sports Game

  • F1 2018
  • FIFA 19
  • PES 2019

Best Strategy Game

  • Anno 1800
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms

Best PlayStation 4 Game

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Project Mephisto

Best Xbox One Game

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Forza Horizon 4

Best Nintendo Switch Game

  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best PC Game

  • Anno 1800
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Mobile Game

  • Hyperdrome
  • Shadowgun War Games

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Gamescom 2018 award nominees list leaks new PS4 game

A mysterious game called Project Mephisto showed up on the Gamescom nominee list, so what is it?

By Michael Goroff | 08/15/2018 02:30 PM PT

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Gamescom just revealed its nominee list for its 2018 awards, and one nomination stood out in particular, since it hasn’t even been announced yet.

A game called Project Mephisto was listed in the category for “Best Console Game – Sony PlayStation 4.” While the other nominees—Marvel’s Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey—both had their respective publishers listed next to them, Project Mephisto, which is working title, didn’t have any such information attached to it.

So, what is it?

Our first guess is that it’s related in some way to one of the “multiple” Diablo projects that Blizzard recently teased. Mephisto is one of the Prime Evils who’s defeated in Diablo II. Blizzard did state that more information about one of its Diablo projects would arrive “later this year,” and an announcement at Gamescom would technically count as “later this year.”

However, we have another theory. Bare with us, because this is about to go down a weird rabbit hole that probably will amount to nothing, since it’s most likely the Diablo thing.

We discovered a September 2013 post on TIGSource Forums describing a game from indie developer Nuke Nine called “Project Mephisto.” That project eventually became (we think) Vagante, which went through four years of early access development before finally launching version 1.0 in February 2018. The game looks similar to the recently released Dead Cells, in that it combines platforming, procedurally generated levels, and roguelike mechanics. It isn’t well-known, but it’s well-liked on Steam, having “Very Positive” overall reviews.

Is it possible that Vagante is getting a PlayStation 4 port? Is there a reason why the very, very indie developer would wait until Gamescom to announce it? Is it possible that it’s so good, it deserves to be ranked alongside games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed Origins? I don’t know. I haven’t played it. It looks neat, though.

Like I said, maybe we’re digging a little too deep for this one. It’s probably just some dumb Diablo thing, which probably means we’ll see a new Diablo game announcement at Gamescom, and blah blah blah. Or it could be something else entirely. Who knows!

We reached out to Sony and Nuke Nine for comment to see if they have anything to do with this, and we’ll update if we hear anything.

Anyway, since this was supposed to be a post about the 2018 Gamescom award nominees and not a Pepe Silvia–style headfirst dive into our own insanity, here’s the full list:

Best Action Game

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Add-on/DLC

  • Destiny 2
  • State of Decay 2

Best Casual Game

  • Life is Strange 2
  • Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
  • Team Sonic Racing

Best Family Game

  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Super Mario Party

Best Puzzle/Skill Game

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Persona 5: Dancing in the Starlight

Best Racing Game

  • F1 2018
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Team Sonic Racing

Best Role Playing Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
  • Kingdom Hearts 3

Best Simulation Game

  • Anno 1800
  • F1 2018
  • Farming Simulator 19

Best Social/Online Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dying Light: Bad Blood
  • Rend

Best Sports Game

  • F1 2018
  • FIFA 19
  • PES 2019

Best Strategy Game

  • Anno 1800
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms

Best PlayStation 4 Game

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Project Mephisto

Best Xbox One Game

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Forza Horizon 4

Best Nintendo Switch Game

  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best PC Game

  • Anno 1800
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Mobile Game

  • Hyperdrome
  • Shadowgun War Games
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About Michael Goroff

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Michael Goroff has been gaming for almost three decades. He's a lover of all games and systems, but he mostly plays Xbox. That being said, if he's a fanboy, he's a fanboy for the game industry as a whole. Spit white-hot fanboy hate at him, trash talk his Gold II rank on Rocket League, or maybe just send him a cordial hello on Twitter @gogogoroff.