Everything you need to know – Schedules, dates, games and announcements

It’s August, and that means Geoff Keighley’s endless games train is chugga-chuggin’ to Cologne, Germany for E3-of-Europe, Gamescom. Get ready for a bunch of announcements (maybe), reveals (probably) and promotional free games T-shirts that only come in one size (certainly) as Gamescom rolls around five days, featuring most major publishers and developers, plus a ton of indies.

Whether you’re heading to Gamescom or just watching from home, we’ve got everything you need to know and what’s worth keeping an eye on. As the Germans would say, auf geht’s!

Everything you need to know about Gamescom

What is Gamescom?

It’s the largest gaming event in the world, with over 350,000 people attending (pre-pandemic). There will be fewer tickets sold this year, so the conference won’t break the 2019 record of 370,000 attendees.

Fun fact: This year is the first year that Gamescom hopes to hold a “climate-friendly” event, which will provide free local public transport, plant trees and offset carbon emissions, among other initiatives, to make the conference as close as possible. carbon as possible. neutral as possible.

Where is Gamescom?

It’s in Cologne (or Köln, if you’re German), in western Germany. The actual location is Koelnmesse, a gigantic conference center that is expected to host over 300,000 visitors for Gamescom.

However, there will also be an online component for anyone watching from home.

When is Gamescom?

August 23 – August 28, 2022. The conference technically begins on August 24, but Opening Night Live will take place on the evening of the 23rd, hosted by Geoff Keighley.

Did you say “Geoff Keighley”?

Oh yes. He hosts Gamescom’s Open Night Live, just like he did last year.

When is Opening Night Live?

August 23. See below for time zone information:

  • Central European Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • British Summer Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Japan Standard Time: 3 a.m. on August 24
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time: 4 a.m. on August 24

ONL will last two hours, with over 30 games showcased, both new and previously announced.

Should I watch Opening Night Live?

In 2021, ONL had a bunch of trailers, with announcements for around 30 games. These announcements included Ninja Turtles game news, release dates of Forbidden Horizon West and Jett: The Far Shoreand an overview of Death Stranding: Director’s Cutso it’s safe to say that 2022 will feature similar announcements – don’t expect Nintendo to feature too much.

Where can I watch Opening Night Live?

Keighley will host and streaming from his Game Awards YouTube channel:

How do I access Gamescom online content?

Most of the juicy stuff will be streaming, which we cover in the next point.

But there’s also this thing called “Gamescom EPIX,” which is an online adventure that rewards players with prizes and achievements throughout August. You play as AI EPI, a tiny robot on a quest to protect Gamescom’s vault from “the ultra-evil FEARTURE, leader of bugs and glitches.”

Quests in EPIX include exploring the Gamescom website for hidden items and information, changing your username, solving a Captcha (yes, really), completing a survey and, basically running a bunch of comprehension tasks to prove you’ve read it all. the text on the site. Rewards include virtual features, such as banners and avatars, as well as ticket discounts and a chance to win a t-shirt or game codes.

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What is the program ?

General schedule

Monday August 22 to Tuesday August 23 is Devcom, a business development conference.

The evening of Tuesday August 23 is Opening Night Live.

Wednesday August 24 is the first official day of Gamescom, but it is only open to trade visitors, the media and certain private visitors from 9am to 7pm (private visitors from 1pm only).

Gamescom will then be open to the general public from Thursday August 25 to Sunday August 28, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Specific events

Date Time (Central Europe) Event where to watch
Tuesday August 23 8 p.m. Opening Night Live Youtube, Twitch
Wednesday August 24 8 p.m. Future Games Fair Youtube, Twitch
Thursday August 25 2pm-8pm Xbox live booth Youtube, Twitch
friday august 26 5:30 p.m. Impressive spectacle of the Indies Youtube

What is Nintendo showing at Gamescom?

Nothing! They have already confirmed that they will not be present. Sorry!

Here’s what they said earlier this year:

Gamescom is a central event in Nintendo’s events calendar. This year, however, after careful consideration, we have decided not to participate in Cologne.

Instead, gamers can try out the games for Nintendo Switch at numerous events throughout Germany. Previously planned events include roadshows with our airstreamer and bulli, for example at venues such as the SWR Summer and the Stuttgart Children’s and Youth Festival. For fans of Japan and video games, we decided to participate in the Main Matsuri Japan Festival in Frankfurt as well as the DoKomi in Düsseldorf and the Animagic in Mannheim. Further stops and promotions are planned.

We look forward to seeing our fans again at many regional events.”

Which companies are exhibiting?

More than 500 companies will be present at Gamescom. Some big names:

  • Microsoft
  • Ubisoft
  • SEGA
  • ICT Tac
  • Warner Bros.
  • bandai namco
  • 2K
  • Tencent
  • group of kissers

And some of the small to medium ones:

  • Team17
  • Nordic THQ
  • raw fury
  • Humble Games
  • NetEase
  • Lightning

Editors not Among the participants are Sony and Nintendo, as we have already mentioned.

Notably, Ukrainian developers were offered free booth space this year, following the invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.

Do we know any big announcements?

A couple! Geoff Keighley has already tweeted some previews for Opening Night Live:

  • News and a new trailer for Sonic Frontiers
  • A look at the Xbox/PC title Raised on lifeby Squanch Games
  • A new look at Return to Monkey Island
  • A world first of Goat Simulator 3 gameplay
  • The next game from the Subnautica Unknown Worlds studio (a brand new IP)

How to buy tickets?

It’s a little late, isn’t it? Well, you can buy tickets on the Gamescom website, at the following prices:

Ticket type Wednesday Thursday or Friday Saturday or Sunday
Daily ticket 25 euros €30.50
Reduced price day ticket (seniors, schoolchildren, students, apprentices, people with severe disabilities) 18 euros 23 euros
Family day ticket (max. 5 people, max. 2 adults + min. 1 child from 7 to 11 years old) 40 euro 50 euros
Evening ticket (from 4 p.m.) 9 euros 9 euros
Wildcard day ticket (from 1 p.m.) 59 euros

Opening Night Live also offers tickets, which cost 29 EUR, provided you are over 18 and have photo ID.

Eco-conscious attendees can also purchase a green ticket, which adds one euro to the ticket price to support the Gamescom Forest.

Anyone who hates queuing can purchase a “Superfan Ticket”, which grants the following benefits:

  • Secure 3 instead of 2 Fast Lane tickets (subject to availability)
  • Get exclusive customization options for your gamescom profile
  • Get bonus experience points at gamescom EPIX

All attendees will need the Gamescom Ticket app, as all tickets are digital only. You can download the app here.

What is Gamescom’s COVID policy?

Koelnmesse seems to be sticking to German rules regarding COVID. There are currently no restrictions on entry into the country except for ‘viral variant areas of concern’ – and at the time of writing there are none. Anyone exhibiting who tests positive at the conference should self-isolate “as much as possible” unless they have a booster shot, or have had COVID and at least one vax in the past.

Apparently, Koelnmesse still tries to limit access to indoor areas “so that the minimum distance between people is regularly ensured”, but there are no guidelines on what this means. In addition, participants are recommended to wear a mask “voluntarily”, but not obligatorily.

From the Gamescom website:

“Koelnmesse will continue to apply its comprehensive hygiene policy, such as providing hand sanitizer dispensers and cleaning at regular intervals.”

In his press release, the COO of Koelnmesse said:

“The return after Corona is a challenge for many events and trade fairs. It is therefore all the more enjoyable that gamescom is defending its status as the world’s largest gaming event in the first year after the break thanks to the many companies represented on square.”

Are you going to Gamescom? Do you have any other questions for us? Let us know in the comments.

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