Gamescom 2022 will open its physical doors and livestream next week—the show is expected to announce many new, upcoming game titles from major devs and publishers.
Gamers can expect their next fix with the big gaming event, gamescom 2022 fast approaching. Gamescom 2022 will consist of digitally livestreamed content and in-person elements that will take place over five days. The event will begin on August 24 and the physical event will be held in Cologne, Germany—with livestreamed coverage for everyone around the world to tune in.
Gamescom has been known for hosting huge showcases for Xbox, SEGA and Warner Bros. Games in the past. Gamescom Opening Night Live is not something to be missed as it takes place a day before the event sets off—expect big announcements, reveals and world premieres throughout the event week.
Gamescom 2022: Here is the TLDR
- What is it? The world’s largest gaming event
- Where is it? Cologne, Germany but streamed online globally
- When is it? August 24 to August 28, 2022
- Who is attending? Xbox, Ubisoft, SEGA, 2K, Warner Bros and Bandai Namco are among the big names
What is Gamescom?
Gamescom is known to be world’s largest video game, next to E3 and the latest Summer Games Fest. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2019, the event saw 373,000 visitors, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their latest gaming, esports, and tech projects. Many gaming fans gathered to celebrate new game announcements at the Koelnmesse Exhibition Center in Cologne, Germany.
Typically, the in-person event would allow the attendees to try out news games before release. The rest of the exhibition would involve community activities, like cosplay contests and esports competitions. Additionally, it would be used as a meeting point for the games’ industry’s retail, trade, and media representatives.
This year, gamescom 2022 has returned to its full capacity in-person for a five-day journey, from August 24 to August 28, 2022. The developer conference, Devcom, precedes gamescom from August 22 to August 23.
Gamescom 2022 Schedule: Expected Lineup
Below is a rough schedule of what specific highlights would be happening across the gamescom event:
- August 22 – August 23: Devcom
- August 23: Opening Night Live (more on this below)
- August 24: Gamescom Entertainment Area (open for trade and media)
- August 25 – August 28: Gamescom Entertainment Area (public)
- August 24 – August 26: Gamescom Business Area
- August 25: Gamescom Congress
- August 25 – August 28: Gamescom Event Arena
- August 26 – August 28: Gamescom City Festival
When is Gamescom Opening Night Live?
Gamescom has its own gaming news conference called “Opening Night Live”, which takes place the evening before the event kicks off. The producer and host, Geoff Keighley confirmed on Twitter Opening Night Live would be returning for gamescom 2022.
This year’s opening show will take place before the event kicks off on August 23 at 8pm CET / 7pm BST / 11am PT / 2pm ET (August 24 at 4am AEST). The live show will be two hours frilled with thousands of fans and will feature over 30 games on stage.
So far, we already know Sonic Frontiers will be showcasing their world premiere trailer at gamescom and that Subnautica dev, Unknown Worlds will be announcing their latest game. Keighley also revealed that a world premiere trailer of Squanch Games’ first-person, action shooter, High on Life, will be revealed as well. Aside from those reveals, more trailers, big reveals and interviews are to be expected during the evening event.
Which Devs and Publishers Might be at gamescom 2022?
Various publishers and developers have already confirmed their attendance at gamescom 2022, providing a good scope of what they may be bringing to the table at the major event.
Microsoft stated their confirmed attendance in a press release, “We’re excited to confirm that Xbox will be back on the show floor at gamescom 2022 in Cologne, Germany. Fans in Europe and around the world can expect updates on some announced games coming to Xbox in the next 12 months.”
Ubisoft was another big name that revealed they would be at gamesom. They already showcased that Skull and Bones was an upcoming project, but many fans would be excited to hear more about the next Assassin’s Creed, rumoured to be called “Assassin’s Creed Infinity.” Warner Bros, Sega, 505 Games, Koch Media, 2K Games and Bandai Namco are among the other big names that have confirmed they’ll be attending gamescom 2022. Hideo Kojima may finally reveal his latest collaborative project with Xbox as well!
Unfortunately, Sony, Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, EA and Take-Two Interactive noted they would not be attending gamescom this year. However, the event organizer has already confirmed over 500 companies would be participating in the massive gaming event.
Gamescom 2021 saw many reveals last year such as the CG reveal trailer for the Saints Row reboot, a new gameplay trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, a preview for Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, a demo for Call of Duty: Vanguard, a release date for Halo Infinite, and it announced Marvel Midnight Suns. It also had other major announcements such as a world premiere trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, world-exclusive gameplay for Life is Strange: True Colors, and the debut of Jurassic World Aftermath Part 2 for Oculus Quest 2. This year’s gamescom will not be one to miss!