Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Gamescom 2013
Gamescom 2013 is imminent. The event is set to take place in Cologne, Germany, and it begins tomorrow.
We’ll be providing recaps of all the major (and some of the minor) events that are set to run during the duration of Gamescom, so be sure to check back on the regular.
Without further ado, here’s what’s in store at Gamescom so you don’t miss a conference or a title—assuming you plan to attend in person.
Microsoft – August 20 – 1am Pacific, 10am Europe
Microsoft will have a notable presence at the event, where it plans to unveil a new exclusive title that’s been touted, thus far, as “Europe’s most famous franchise” or something to that measure. It may refer to Fable 4, which was developed by the UK-based Lionhead Studios.
We’re hoping that in addition to any games they announce that they’ll reveal the release date for the Xbox One.
Electronic Arts – August 20 – 7am Pacific, 4pm Europe
Publishing giant EA Games is bringing several of its major titles to Gamescom, headed by Titanfall, and followed up by Battlefield 4, Need for Speed: The Rivals, Command & Conquer, and FIFA 14.
The publisher is also expected to showcase The Sims 4 for the first time ever in public, as it has stated plans to do so prior to Gamescom. Numerous details about the game have since been leaked, but there may be some actual gameplay footage of The Sims 4 at the event, so it’s not a total bust.
Also on the list may be Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is seeing a continuous stream of reveals over the course of the month.
Sony – August 20 – 10am Pacific, 7pm Europe
Sony has confirmed that it will be putting a focus on the PlayStation 4 at its Gamescom conference, where it is expected to reveal the release date for the console. Here’s Sony’s official word on the matter:
“We’ll kick off the show at 18:00 BST on 20 August 2013 with a briefing to media on our release plans for PlayStation 4, as well as updates on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.”
It’s unknown whether updates on the PS3 and PS Vita will involve price drops, so it’s worth tuning in for even if you’re none too interested in the PS4.
Beyond its hardware, the company is sure to showcase some of its exclusive games, which include InFamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Driveclub, and The Order: 1886.
Activision-Blizzard: Blizzard has confirmed that it will have a strong presence at the Gamescom event, where it intends to showcase some stuff related to Diablo 3. Chances are, half of it is to do with the console version of Diablo 3, while the other half may well be an announcement for Reaper of Souls, the expansion pack for Diablo 3 for the PC.
On Activision’s side of things, we can expect to see more details about Call of Duty: Ghosts and Destiny.
Bethesda: Bethesda confirmed that it intends to show The Elder Scrolls Online at Gamescom, where it will be playable at the booth.
Konami: Metal Gear Solid 5 will not be present at the event, which will be focused entirely on PES 2014 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.
Nintendo: Nintendo is coming to Gamescom and bringing with it a host of Wii U and 3DS titles to the show floor. The Japanese company has confirmed that it will be bringing Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, THe Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Sonic Lost World, Wii Party U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, Wii Karaoke U, and Mario Kart 8—all of which are titles for the Wii U.
The company also intends to showcase a few of its 3DS titles, including Pokemon X and Y, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, and THe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
Nintendo was absent from last year’s Gamescom event, so their return will mark a strong showing for the company.
Square Enix: Square Enix has revealed that it plans to showcase Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, where its Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida will play and discuss the game live before an audience. Meanwhile, Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Game Design Director Yuji Abe will showcase Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.
The company also intends to show demonstrations of the upcoming games Thief and Murdered: Soul Suspect.
Games playable at the booth include Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, Deus Ex: The Fall, and the HD remaster of Final Fantasy X and X-2.
Ubisoft: Ubisoft will not be holding a conference at Gamescom this year, but it will retain a booth presence at the event by bringing new next-gen IP to the show. It’s possible that any announcements the publisher plans to make will be at Sony’s press event, such as its newly announced Child of Light title.