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 now underway, so here are the games and possible hardware we have seen so far or are still hoping to catch at the show.
- Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to
- Best upcoming Xbox One games to look forward to
- Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to
- Best upcoming PC games to look forward to
What is Gamescom and when does it run until?
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 today's press and trade-only day, 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 traditionally held press conferences and showcases at former Gamescoms, they are few and far between this year.
Xbox hosted a special Xbox Live from Cologne presentation on the Monday prior to the show opening. You can watch it again below.
EA abstained from hosting a press conference this year. As did PlayStation and Nintendo.
Another company to stream an online announcement video during Gamescom was Google, with its second episode of Stadia Connect announcing some of the key titles coming to the cloud gaming platform. It too is available to watch below.
The biggest livestream to have appeared so far, though, came from the show organiser itself. Gamescom: Opening Night Live was a jam-packed announcement stream hosted by The Game Awards' Geoff Keighley and included 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 was also an appearance by Hideo Kojima, who presented new footage of the PS4 exclusive Death Stranding.
You can rerun it below.
Gamescom 2019: Our highlights so far
We are currently making our way around the show, going hands-on or seeing some of the biggest games and devices on display. These are our particular highlights to date.
Asus ROG at Gamescom 2019
Asus held a dedicated Republic of Gamers event on the Monday evening before the show itself. It unveiled a few new products in the gaming monitor and motherboard areas. Plus, the Asus ROG Chakram gaming mouse that includes a small analogue thumbstick on the side that can be used for flying or driving sections in games, for example.
However, for us, it's most intriguing announcement was the Asus ROG Strix Go 2.4, a mobile gaming headset designed specifically for phones, tablets and the Nintendo Switch. Not only does it have decent audio tech inside, it comes with a USB-C dongle, which plugs into your mobile device and therefore ensures a more stable, lower latency connection to the wireless headset that through Bluetooth.
Bandai Namco at Gamescom 2019
Bandai Namco has 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.
We've played demos of each of them, so will be bringing you more on the games soon.
Cyberpunk 2077 at Gamescom 2019
As is now the norm, Cyberpunk 2077 has a good shout as having stolen the show and the one-hour demo we sat through at Gamescom reinforced why; it is not only looking superb, the gameplay we've seen so far just makes us even more excited. Not only do you get a digital ghost of Keanu Reeves effing and jeffing guidance when you need it, the stunning, dynamic game world and depth of character customisation could well ensure that your gameplay experience is tailored just for you.
What's more, it was revealed at this Gamescom that Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to Google Stadia, as well as the previously announced PS4, Xbox One and PC versions. It will be later in 2020, however, with the conventional editions hitting stores first, on 16 April next year.
Gamescom 2019: What else to expect
Although we don't expect to see anything else truly groundbreaking (don't expect anything 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 is always plenty more gameplay and actual hands-on this time around.
Here then are some of the top companies and their games we still to catch at the show.
Xbox at Gamescom 2019
As well as a massive show floor booth, Xbox is hosting an off-site Open Doors event at a theatre up the road. It is free to enter and gives visitors the chance to participate in tournaments, view panel discussions and much more.
The biggest games we're yet to see from Xbox include Gears 5, Battletoads, Minecraft Dungeons and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. The cloud gaming platform Project xCloud is also be available for show-goers to try out.
A whole bunch of third-party games are also 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 still has a massive booth on the show floor.
Death Stranding is its biggest title this year.
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 a whole raft of Switch games 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.
Ubisoft at Gamescom 2019
Ubisoft is at Gamescom, of course, and is showing more on Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and Watch Dogs Legion, along with DLC of some other existing games.
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 at Gamescom this year:
- Asus ROG
- CD Projekt Red
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games
- Focus Home Interactive
- Koch Media
- Square Enix
- THQ Nordic
- Turtle Beach