Alright, I might not be quite as cranky about Gamescom (and similar events) as Pete, but we’re alike in that my hype for them has also waned over the years. I mean- I don’t mind the flood of trailers that follows in the slightest, but we have so much to look forward to over the very near term, I find it rather difficult to fathom adding even more to the pile.

But then they said the magic words.

The passphrase to my gaming-heart.


There are a couple of red flags already here, not least of which, Nexon. So I would expect a fairly heavily monetised play experience, venturing potentially into the pay-to-win territory. That’d be a fairly significant reason to put it aside.

Then there is the clear willingness to rely on fan service to titillate their way to interest.

I mean… Bit unnecessary really, the gameplay shown seemed to be fairly decent, that aside.

We got grappling hooks in there, we got the guns, we got the… mech-suit (possibly cyborg-esque enhancement?), there appear to be baddies… Sure looks like it might be checking the boxes here.

Oh… But for one fairly glaring omission. Not one single loot shower was on display.



I’m not mad- just disappointed.

Incidentally, I could’ve sworn we’d seen a reveal for this before. Fan service and Nexon and all. Oh. Yup! There we go. We did. Er, a year ago, at Gamescom 2022.

The new-news though is that there is an Open Beta next month, Tues 19th September through to Monday 25th September, and you can sign-up here for Steam, PlayStation or Xbox.

Despite any misgivings I have, I’ll no doubt give it a try anyway.

It isn’t every day a new looter-shooter rolls around!

This was posted during Blaugust 2023, the annual blogging event hosted by Belghast. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

The Blaugust Discord is still available to join in, year-round!


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


Mailvaltar · August 25, 2023 at 2:36 am

Just a couple of days ago I was itching to play Warframe once more, and now I’m fully into it again.

Honestly, I think it is and will be the only looter shooter I need for quite some time still.

    Naithin · August 25, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    No denying Warframe is awesome, but it doesn’t quite scratch all the same itches as a looter-shooter does!

    Sure, there is shooting and there is looting, but there isn’t loot, you know? Mods sort of play that role and it isn’t quite the same as getting that one legendary or unique that will enable the build you want. :)

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