It’s August now, and that means Geoff Keighley’s Never-ending Train is heading to Cologne, Germany for the E3-of-Europe, Gamescom. Get ready for a flurry of announcements (maybe), reveal (maybe) and free game promo t-shirts available in one size (sure) when Gamescom launches in five days, featuring most major publishers and developers, plus a ton of indies.
Whether you’re visiting Gamescom or just watching from home, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know and what’s worth keeping an eye on. As the German might say, auf geht’s!
Everything you need to know about Gamescom
What is Gamescom?
It is the largest gaming event in the world, with over 350,000 attendees (before the pandemic). Fewer tickets will be 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 host a “climate-friendly” event that will provide free local public transportation, plant trees, and offset greenhouse gas emissions. carbon emissions among other initiatives to make the conference as close to carbon-neutral as possible.
Where is Gamescom?
It’s in Cologne (or Köln, if you’re German), in the west of Germany. The actual venue is Koelnmesse, a giant convention center that will host more than 300,000 visitors to Gamescom.
However, there will also be an online component for anyone to watch at home.
August 23 – August 28, 2022. Technically, the conference kicks off on August 24, but Opening Night Live will take place on the evening of the 23rd, chaired by Geoff Keighley.
Did you say “Geoff Keighley”?
Oh yes. He’s hosting Gamescom’s Opening Night Live, just like he did last year.
When is Opening Night Live?
August 23. See below for time zone information:
- Central European Time: 8pm
- British Summer Time: 7pm
- Eastern Time: 2pm
- Pacific Time: 11am
- Japan Standard Time: 3 a.m. on August 24
- Australian Eastern Standard Time: 4am on 24 August
ONL will be two hours long, with over 30 games shown, both new and previously announced.
Should I watch Opening Night live?
In 2021, ONL had a bunch of trailers, with announcements of about 30 games. Such announcements include news about Game Ninja Turtlesrelease date for Forbidden Horizon in the West and Jett: The Far Shoreand take a look Death Stranding: Director’s Cutso it’s probably safe to say that 2022 will feature similar announcements – just don’t expect Nintendo to introduce too much.
Where can I watch Opening Night live?
Keighley will host the show and streaming from his Game Awards YouTube channel:
How to access Gamescom content online?
Most of the hot stuff will be streaming, which we’ll cover in the next point.
But there is also something called “Gamescom EPIX“, is an online adventure that rewards players with awards and achievements throughout the month of August. You play as AI EPI, a small robot on a mission to protect Gamescom’s vault from the evil ‘FEARTURE’. field of errors and malfunctions ” .
Tasks in EPIX include exploring the Gamescom website for hidden items and information, changing your username, solving Captcha (yes, really), filling out surveys, and basically just doing perform a series of comprehension tasks to prove that you have read all the text on the web page. Rewards include virtual features, like banners and avatars, as well as ticket discounts and a chance to win a t-shirt or game code.
What is the schedule?
Monday, August 22 – Tuesday the 23rd is Devcom, a business development conference.
Tuesday, August 23 is Opening Night Live.
Wednesday, August 24 is Gamescom’s first official day, but it’s only open to select commercial, media, and private visitors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (for visitors only). from 1 p.m. onwards).
Gamescom will then be open to the public from Thursday 25 to Sunday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
|Day||Time (Central Europe)||Incident||Where to watch?|
|Tuesday, August 23||8pm||Opening night live||YouTube, Twitch|
|Wednesday, August 24||8pm||Future game show||YouTube, Twitch|
|Thursday, August 25||2pm – 8pm||Xbox Booth Live||YouTube, Twitch|
|Friday, August 26||5:30 pm||Great Indian show||YouTube|
What is Nintendo showing at Gamescom?
Here’s what they had to say earlier this year:
Gamescom is a central event in Nintendo’s event calendar. However, this year, after careful consideration, we decided not to participate in Cologne.
Instead, players can try out games for the Nintendo Switch as part of a variety of events across Germany. Previously planned events include long distance runs with our airstreamers and bullock carts, such as at venues like the SWR Summer and the Stuttgart Youth and Children’s Festival. For Japan and video game fans, we decided to take part in the main Matsuri Japan Festival in Frankfurt as well as DoKomi in Düsseldorf and Animagic in Mannheim. Further stops and promotions are planned.
We look forward to seeing our fans again at more events in the region. “
Which companies are exhibiting?
More than 500 companies will be present at Gamescom. Some big names:
- Warner Bros
- Bandai Namco
- Embracer group
And some of the small to medium ones:
- THQ Nordic
- Raw Fury
- The game of modesty
Publishing company Not Attendees included Sony and Nintendo, as we mentioned.
Notably, Ukrainian developers were offered free booth space this year, following the invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.
Are we aware of any major announcements?
A couple! Geoff Keighley tweeted out some of the sneak peeks that were available for Opening Night Live:
- News and a new trailer for Sonic Frontiers
- Check out the Xbox/PC title High lifefrom Squanch Games
- A new look at Back to Monkey Island
- The world premiere of Goat Simulator 3
- Subnautica Unknown Worlds studio’s next game (a brand new IP)
How to buy tickets?
A little late, right? You can buy tickets on Gamescom . websitewith the following prices:
|Ticket Type||Wednesday||Thursday or Friday||Saturday or Sunday|
|Day ticket||–||25 EUR||30.50 EUR|
|Discounted day tickets (elderly, pupils, students, apprentices, severely disabled people)||–||18 EUR||23 EUR|
|Family day pass (maximum 5 people, maximum 2 adults + minimum 1 child aged 7-11)||–||40 EUR||50 EUR|
|Evening ticket (4pm onwards)||–||9 EUR||9 EUR|
|Wildcard day ticket (1pm onwards)||59 EUR||–|
Opening Night Live also has tickets, priced at EUR 29, provided you’re over 18 and have photo ID.
Environmentally conscious attendees can also purchase a Green Ticket, which adds one Euro to the ticket price to support the Gamescom jungle.
Anyone who doesn’t like queuing can purchase a “Super Fan Ticket”, which offers the following benefits:
- Guaranteed 3 instead of 2 Fast Lane tickets (subject to availability)
- Get exclusive customization options for your gamecom 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 apps here.
What is Gamescom’s COVID policy?
Koelnmesse appears to be complying with German rules regarding COVID. There are currently no restrictions on entry into the country, except for “areas of concern for virus variants” – and as of writing, there aren’t any. Anyone who tests positive at the conference is required to isolate “to the greatest extent possible”, unless they have had a booster shot, or have previously had COVID and at least one vax.
Clear, Koelnmesse is still trying to limit access to indoor areas “in such a way that a minimum distance between people is regularly guaranteed”, but there is no guidance on what that means. In addition, participants were advised to wear masks “voluntarily”, but not required.
From the Gamescom website:
“Koelnmesse will continue to adopt its comprehensive hygiene policy, such as providing hand sanitizer dispensers and periodic cleaning.”
From their press release, Koelnmesse COO said:
“The post-Corona comeback is challenging for many events and tradeshows. So it’s better for gamescom to defend its position as the world’s biggest gaming event in its first year after taking a break thanks to a lot of agencies represented on the site.”
Will you go to Gamescom? Do you have any more questions for us to answer? Let us know in the comments section.