The organizers of Gamescom have published a list of companies that will work with them this year. As last year, the entire event will take place online, although there has been talk for some time that Gamescom could be one of the first major trade fairs to welcome the first visitors to the fairgrounds after the coronavirus pandemic. However, the situation is still not recording this and we will be able to watch games from companies such as Activision, Microsoft, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Sega or Ubisoft again only remotely. Of course, Gamescom will also include Geoff Keighley’s big show – Opening Night Live – but if you were hoping to watch Sony news on it, you were hoping in vain.
As indicated above, the Japanese giant is missing from the list of the largest companies, which, on the other hand, is not a big surprise with regard to E3 or last year’s Gamescom. And it’s a state that players are likely to get used to and a completely different direction in which Microsoft is heading. However, it is not certain at this time whether the individual companies will have their own conference at Gamescom, as was the case in June during E3, or they are mentioned only because they provide at least some materials or their games flash to the aforementioned Onening Night Live. In any case, these are the following companies: 505 Games, Activision, Aerosoft, Assemble Entertainment, Astragon Entertainment, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Gamevil, Headup, Koch Media, NExT Studios, Sega Europe, Team17, Thunderful Games, Ubisoft, Wargaming and Xbox.
Beyond these companies will be On the place prepared 80 more independent titles from various but carefully selected authors, grouped under the banner of the Indie Arena stand, as if it were right in Cologne. On this occasion, we can remind you that the organizers of Gamescom are preparing virtual stands, which can be visited from the central hub of Gamescom Now, but still vivid memory of a similar initiative during E3 in us causes abdominal pain and we firmly hope that this part of the fair will have some real meaning and function. Finally, the central motto of this year’s Gamescom is to be the “New Normal in Games”, so it would be appropriate to present it in an adequate form, if we are also to worry about the loss of the classic – ie physical – form of trade fairs. Either way, Gamescom will take place from August 25 to 27, and we will try to be as close to it as possible.