Too bad I missed Gamescom 2015. I had a great time the year before and I was surprised by Cologne’s very pleasant and a charming atmosphere. It’s somewhat similar to Holland where i’m from, but the germans knows how to appreciate food better. I wouldn’t necessary say it’s cheaper, but I like to enjoy a good meal. I would recommend to eat outside of the Gamescom area, because it’s way too expensive inside.
It was also very busy, crowed and standing in lines for hours for a play test isn’t really my thing. I heard from friends that the lines were much shorter on the first day and that you can go almost through everything. I’m not sure how it went this year, but it might come it handy by visiting on the first day if you don’t like to wait around.
On the downside I was also surprised by the people who steal stuff there at Gamescom. I didn’t expect that to happen, because the people seem so relaxed, but my bag got stolen so be careful out there. Don’t keep it out of sight for even a second.
Meeting up with Team17 was a highlight of the trip. We’ve worked together on a few projects, but we never met in real life. It was nice to finally meet the people I’ve worked with and to catch up. They are very sweet and down-to-earth so it was very easy to hang out with them. They couldn’t be more nicer, so they deserve all the success!
The game trailer The Escapists that I did for them was showcased at Microsoft Press Conference. Although the trailer was remade to show updated gamefootage, it still was my trailer. So I was very happy about the extra exposure, but I wasn’t there to see it live on the big screen.
You can look back the Microsoft Press Conference with (remade) The Escapists trailer here: https://youtu.be/HW6SveI_0gA?t=1840
And for older version of The Escapists trailer (which it’s made by me) you can watch here: