E3 has always been a great big US behemoth of a games show, for good and for bad. Gamescom then has been the European antidote. Slightly more modest and it always feels like it’s built a little bit more around gamers than the press. Good news coming out of Microsoft today then: they will be appearing at Gamescom 2018.
Various outlets (thanks IGN and Eurogamer) are making reference to new hardware on show. It’s doubtful that we’re talking next-gen consoles at this stage. But it does seem to suggest so new bundles in time for the Christmas rush and speculation here is that we might even see the new Elite controller.
The full blurb from Microsoft is below.
“It’s a great time to be an Xbox gamer! Hot on the heels of our record-breaking E3 briefing, and the amazing reaction we’ve had from our fans, we’re excited to let you know that Xbox will be coming to gamescom in Cologne, Germany this August. We’ll be bringing a great line up of games from developers around the world that we can’t wait for gamers in Europe to get their hands on.
Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll be getting up to at the show this year:
This year at gamescom, we will be hosting a special episode of Inside Xbox, broadcast live from our Xbox booth in the Koelnmesse. Tune in on Tuesday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. CEST (7:30 a.m. PDT) for lots of news, new Xbox One bundles and accessories, and features on upcoming titles that we can’t wait to tell you more about and perhaps even a few surprises!
Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2018
Xbox FanFest will return to gamescom once again this year, this year on the Rhein River! FanFest will happen for one incredible night on Thursday, August 23. More information on tickets and all the special activities happening on this day will be revealed very soon. Be sure to track #XboxFanFest for all updates.
The Xbox booth will feature a fantastic line up of 25 games across a diverse range of genres – we’ll be making sure everyone has a way to play and have fun! If you’re coming to the show, do make sure you pay us a visit – we’re in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse (North entrance).
This is the first time that European gamers will have the chance to jump in and try out many of our newest gameplay experiences including the open world freedom of driving through stunning beautiful historic Britain in Forza Horizon 4 or embarking on a journey to unravel Ori’s true destiny in this emotionally engaging, hand-crafted, story-driven adventure in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Gamers will also have the opportunity to get the first ever hands-on with State of Decay 2’s Daybreak Pack, an all-new mode set to release in September.
And you won’t want to miss the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds experience, featuring a new mode for Xbox One, playable for the first time at gamescom – and only in the Xbox booth.
Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer will also be at gamescom, located right next to the Xbox booth in Hall 8, where they will be bringing back the always popular HypeZone LIVE experience! Attendees will have the chance to earn victory in battle royale matches and even walk away with big prizes, while everyone at home can watch the turmoil unfold. Get a head start on the competition by watching some HypeZone action on Mixer.com now.
Visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop
Making our European debut and in partnership with Game Legends, come and visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop in the Gamescom fanshop arena. Fly your gaming colors and show off your fandom for Xbox and award-winning franchises like Halo, PUBG, and Gears of War with all new apparel and collectibles. We will have more information on this exciting new initiative over the coming weeks.
Show opening times are as follows:
- Tuesday, August 21 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
- Wednesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
- Thursday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
- Friday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
- Saturday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST”
Personally, I think it’s time we saw more of Crackdown 3. It should be in a very playable state, given we’re looking at launch in early 2019. What would you like to see or even get your hands on if you’re going?
Suffice to say, Gamescom will be a busy week for us here. Stay tuned to XboxSector for all the news as it arrives.