If you like games then there is one single event in the world that you must take not of, sure you have E3, but the size of E3 is completely dominated by the next gaming convention in our calendar, Gamescom.
Gamescom is a massive games convention that is honestly yearly and is completely open to the public. It will kick off on Wednesday, August 17th for the media and trade day this year, after which it will then open up to the public too from August 18th, through to August 21st.
But what can you expect from this convention exactly? Well, that’s what this article aims to tell you.
One thing that Gamescom will be slightly short on is press conferences. So far we haven’t heard too much about upcoming press conferences, even Microsoft has decided not to host a briefing this year.
However, they will be hosting something called Xbox FanFast during the convention.
Last year, Sony didn’t host a press conference at Gamescom, and this year we haven’t heard anything from them, so it’s unlikely that they will be hosting a press conference at Gamescom either.
However, there are still some companies that will provide you with your press conference fix, one of which is Electronic Arts, who are hosting a “Grand Opening” on August 16th of 5PM GMT/ 6PM CET.
As for other major conferences, we don’t yet know much more than that.
With or without press conferences, there will be a lot to see at Gamescom 2016 thanks to all of the exhibitors attending the convention.
Here’s the list:
- 1C Company
- 505 games
- Bandai Namco
- CD Projekt
- Deep Silver
- Electronic Arts
- Focus Home Interactive
- Nordic Games
- Oculus VR
- Sony Computer Entertainment
- Square Enix
- Team 17
- Turtle Beach
Of course, with all those exhibitors you can expect to see some games, here’s the list of the games that you will see during the show (some of which will even be released shortly after the convention).
- Batman: Arkham VR (PS VR)
- Battlefield 1 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Civilization VI (PC)
- Destiny: Rise of Iron (Xbox One, PS4)
- Dead Rising 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Dishonored 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Cuphead (Xbox One, PC)
- Far Point (PS VR)
- FIFA 17 (Xbox One, PS4)
- Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PS4)
- Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, PC)
- Gears of War 4 (Xbox One, PC)
- God of War (PS4)
- Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
- Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Xbox One, PC)
- Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
- Mafia III (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- PES 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Planet Coaster (PC)
- Pokemon Sun and Moon (3DS)
- ReCore (Xbox One, PC)
- Rock Band: Rivals (Xbox One, PS4)
- Sea of Thieves (Xbox One)
- Skylanders Imaginators (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)
- Steep (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Titanfall 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends (PC, iOS, Android)
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- The Last Guardian (PS4)
- Watch Dogs 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Worms W.M.D. (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- WWE 2K17 (Xbox One, PS4)
What good are games without hardware? Well the answer is not much.
Thankfully there will also be a ton of hardware that we expect to see during Gamescom to keep you going between the game demos.
One of the biggest is the PlayStation VR headset, which we expect to see a lot during the show (alongside some games for it).
We might also see some games that support Oculus’ Touch motion controllers, which will work with the Oculus Rift headset and will be released before the end of 2016.
During Gamescom, we expect to see some upcoming games that will support this new Oculus Touch hardware.
HP has also said that they plan to show off some new gaming products alongside Logitech, who also plan to launch some new additions to their G range of accessories.