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Gamescom 2019: The games and announcements to expect

Gamescom is Europe’s answer to E3. Held annually in Germany, it is a similarly huge event for gamers, with the biggest forthcoming titles on display for press, trade visitors and the public alike.

This year’s event is only around the corner, so here are the games and possible hardware we expect to see at the show.

What is Gamescom and when does it open?

Gamescom started in 2009 and is held annually at the Koelnmesse convention centre in Cologne, Germany. It generally runs in mid to late-August.

This year it starts with a press and trade-only day on Tuesday 20 August, with public days running from 21 – 24 August.

Here are the show opening times for each day:

  • Tuesday 20 August 2019: 7am to 8pm CEST (press and trade visitors only)
  • Wednesday 21 August 2019: 9am (press and trade), 10am (public) to 8pm CEST
  • Thursday 22 August 2019: 9am (press and trade), 10am (public) to 8pm CEST
  • Friday 23 August 2019: 9am to 8pm CEST
  • Saturday 24 August 2019: 9am to 8pm CEST

Games 2019 press conferences

While several companies traditional held press conferences and showcases at Gamescom, they are few and far between this year.

Xbox will be hosting a special Xbox Live from Cologne presentation on Monday 19 August at 5pm CEST (4pm BST, 8am PDT). That will be available on Mixer and YouTube, among other places. However, there is no press conference as such.

EA is also abstaining from hosting a press conference this year.

PlayStation and Nintendo might host stream State of Play and Nintendo Direct online presentations during the show respectively. However, neither will host an actual press event in Germany itself.

Another company to stream an online announcement video during Gamescom will be Google, with the second episode of Stadia Connect available to watch on Monday 19 August, starting at 7pm CEST (6pm BST, 10am PDT).

However, the biggest livestream to make a note of will come from the show organiser itself. Gamescom: Opening Night Live will be a jam-packed announcement stream hosted by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley and will include a look at a star-studded games line-up, including titles from 2K, Activision, Bandai Namco, Bungie, Capcom, EA, Epic Games, Google Stadia, Koch Media/Deep Silver, PlayStation, Private Division, Sega, Square Enix, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft and Xbox Game Studios.

There will also be an appearance by Hideo Kojima, who will present new footage of the PS4 exclusive Death Stranding.

It starts at 8pm CEST (7pm BST, 11am PDT) on Monday 19 August and you will be able to view it here.

Gamescom 2019: What to expect

Although we don’t expect to see anything truly groundbreaking (there will be nothing more on Project Scarlett and you can forget all about the PS5), Gamescom is a great show for imminent games. And, as it is closer to the release dates of many of them than E3 was, there will plenty more gameplay and actual hands-on this time around.

Here then are some of the top companies and their games we expect to see at the show.

Xbox at Gamescom 2019

As well as a massive show floor booth, Xbox will be hosting an off-site Open Doors event at a theatre up the road. It is free to enter and will give visitors the chance to participate in tournaments, view panel discussions and much more.

The biggest games we expect to see from Xbox include Gears 5, Battletoads, Minecraft Dungeons and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. The cloud gaming platform Project xCloud will also be available for show-goers to try out.

A whole bunch of third-party games will also be playable on the Xbox booth, including Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.

PlayStation at Gamescom 2019

PlayStation no longer hosts any specific media events at Gamescom, but it will still have a massive booth on the show floor.

We fully expect Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to be playable on the PS stand, as Activision is a close partner. And, Death Stranding will no doubt be a major focus considering its November release date.

Sadly, we don’t expect to see or hear much on The Last of US II or the PlayStation 5.

Nintendo at Gamescom 2019

Nintendo has announced that a whole raft of Switch games will be available to play on its show booth.

These include Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Astral Chain, the Switch version of The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

There will also be a livestream of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate invitational tournament on the afternoon of 22 August – shown on the Nintendo UK YouTube channel.

Bandai Namco at Gamescom 2019

Bandai Namco will have several games on its show floor booth, including the spiritual sequel to Until Dawn, Man of Medan. Also confirmed are Dragon Ball – Kakarot, Code Vein and RAD.

Perhaps its biggest forthcoming game won’t be playable, however. Bandai Namco is distributing CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 in Europe, but you will only be able to get a glimpse of it in a behind closed doors session at the show. Thankfully, Pocket-lint will be attending a demo so will give you our impressions soon after.

Ubisoft at Gamescom 2019

Ubisoft will be at Gamescom, of course, and is expected to show more on Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and Watch Dogs Legion at the very least.

However, many of the bigger announcements are expected for the weekend as it will be running its own community event in Birmingham, UK, across 24-25 August.

Other companies at Gamescom 2019

Here are the other big brands that will be at Gamescom this year:

  • Alienware/Dell
  • Asus ROG
  • Bethesda
  • Bigben
  • Capcom
  • CD Projekt Red
  • Codemasters
  • Daedelic
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • Intel
  • Koch Media
  • Konami
  • Nvidia
  • Rebellion
  • Sega
  • Square Enix
  • Team17
  • Tencent
  • THQ Nordic
  • Turtle Beach
  • Twitch

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