Gamescom is days away and the hype is starting to build. The yearly celebration of gaming has quickly become the biggest in Europe, with an estimated 370,000 gamers attending in 2018. All the major platforms & publishers, including the young contender Google Stadia, will be showing off what they have to offer; updating fans on upcoming games and maybe even unveiling some new projects. These large gaming events are a time for being curious so let’s look at just a few of the things we can expect to see at this years Gamescom.
Gamescom is both a press & public event so if you are attending, here are the dates & times you need to know. All times shown below are in CEST time zone.
- Tuesday 20th August, 2019 – 9am to 8pm (Press & trade only)
- Wednesday 21st August , 2019 – 9am (Press & trade), 10am (Public)
- Thursday 22nd August, 2019 – 9am (Press & trade), 10am (Public)
- Friday 23rd August, 2019 – 9am to 8pm (Open to all)
- Saturday 24th August, 2019 – 9am – 8pm (Open to all)
There will be a live show to celebrate the opening of Gamescom, hosted by Geoff Keighley. This will take place on Monday the 19th at 8pm.
Xbox always has a large presence at Gamescom and this year is no different. Along with the typical show floor offerings, Xbox will host a live presentation at 5pm, on Monday 19th. Microsoft will also be hosting an open day at a theatre just down the road from the conference that’s open to all. There will also be tournaments & live panel discussions.
Much like they did at E3, Microsoft will once again take on the catch-all role for many of the third-party games on show including Borderlands 3 & Doom: Eternal. On the exclusive side expect Gears of War 5 to have a large presence, along with the Battletoads remake & Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.
On the techie side of things, Xbox’s new streaming service, X-cloud, will also be usable for those attending the show. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, is bullish on the future of cloud gaming but has tempered expectations by assuring gamers that although cloud gaming is the future, it won’t replace the console anytime soon.
There are two highlight games that those attending should expect to play – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Hideo Kojima’s genre-birthing game, Death Stranding. This would also be an opportunity for Sony to enlighten its fans to whether Death Stranding will be exclusive or multi-platform. In addition to those two major games, I imagine the remake of MediEvil will also be on the show floor.
I doubt Sony will make any announcements regarding the PS5 as that would likely be reserved for one of Sony’s own State of Play events. A recent leak on the forum website 4chan claimed to have info on Sony’s next State of Play, saying it would drop on November 1st, with a further event revealing the PS5 on February 12th, 2020. These leaks haven’t been corroborated so take it with a grain of salt.
We recently reported on the rumours of a possible February release date for The Last of Us II, but it’s looking doubtful we will get any confirmation on this during the event.
Nintendo is having a fantastic year so far and that seems set to continue with a slew of games set to release over the rest of 2019 including The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 & the port of The Witcher 3.
Much like Sony, Nintendo may hold an Nintendo Direct presentation during, before, during or after Gamescom. The company certainly has a lot of great games to show, so I think this is a definite possibility. I expect that there will be several show units of Nintendo’s upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite, attempting to prove the worth of an exclusively handheld version of the console.
Of course, everyone’s favourite French publisher will have a strong presence on the show floor. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint & Watch Dogs: Legion will be the highlights but I expect we’ll see a bit more of Gods & Monsters, the next game from the developers of Assassins Creed: Odyssey. Several games like Trials: Rising & Just Dance 2020 will receive brand new content, available to play first at Gamescom.
Ubisoft is holding its own community event in Birmingham on 24-25th of August, so any big reveals will probably be reserved for that. Fingers crossed we get a location reveal for the next Assassin’s Creed.