The gaming presentation season is in full swing, and while players have already glimpsed the future of gaming, more events are pending, including Gamescom 2020.
What is Gamescom?
Gamescom started in 2009 and is an annual game conference traditionally held in Germany. Several publishers and developers meet there to demonstrate their upcoming products and hold exhibits for fans to demonstrate them. The fair is usually attended by thousands of people. In 2019, 373,000 visitors were reported.
In March of this year, Gamescom organizers organized a purely digital conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to similar events and exhibitions going online. The multi-day event begins on August 27. Geoff Keighley hosts the opening night Live and ends on August 30th.
Which companies are taking part in Gamescom 2020?
Gamescom 2020 has a fairly long list of participants, some of which are the most notable:
- 2p games
- Activision Blizzard
- All in! Games
- Another indie studio
- Put together entertainment
- BANDAI NAMCO entertainment
- Bossa Studios
- Electronic Arts
- Fast travel games
- Gamers Health United
- Indie arena booth
- Koch Media
- Mass creation
- Sega Europe
- The Fox software
Which companies have organized their own events?
Gamescom 2020 is part of the larger Summer Game Fest 2020, which includes game conferences hosted by a number of companies, including some of the publishers featured at Gamescom 2020.
Electronic Arts' EA Play Live 2020 event took place in early June and featured the titles currently under construction as well as EA's work for the next generation. The presentation was highlighted by Star Wars: Squadron, although EA also demonstrated its evolving sports game engine and announced the development of Skate 4.
Ubisoft recently streamed the Ubisoft Forward event, which focused mainly on Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion, although Ubisoft also announced Far Cry 6 during the presentation. Maybe Ubisoft will use Gamescom 2020 to show more of the latter.
Microsoft will host its storefront next week, with a focus on the games that launch next to the Xbox Series X console. Xbox hasn't revealed too much about Halo Infinite, which is expected to be a big focus of the presentation.
Gamescom 2020 closes the Summer Game Fest.