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Gamescom 2012 – what to expect and when

Thursday, 9th August 2012 15:42 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The world’s largest games event opens its doors in Germany next week. The big hitters? The major players? The storm troopers? Patrick Garratt maps out what to expect.

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The show itself takes place from August 15-19 in Cologne, Germany. That’s Wednesday to Sunday next week.

Press conferences – including showing from Sony and EA, are being held on Tuesday.

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Gamescom 2012 starts next week. The year’s penultimate major show, Cologne’s monster truck event is always home to surprises and major announcements, and this time will be no different. Despite Microsoft pulling out this time, Sony and EA are to both hold key press conferences. Sony, especially, is one to watch.

Given the virtual no-show of Vita at E3 in June, expect Sony to go hard on its handheld. A price-drop may be too much of an ask at this point, but you should be watching for big-ticket Vita software as a main thrust of Sony’s show. The company will be hoping gamescom is a key point in the little man’s fortunes this year.

Don’t expect to see PS3-4000 to be announced. As we’ve said before, stocks of the current Slim are too high for a reveal yet. Sony has traditionally used gamescom as a platform for hardware announcements – PS3 Slim was shown in Germany for the first time in 2009 and the reworked, $99 PSP was debuted there last year – but this is Vita’s time. We don’t know, but we wouldn’t bet against a Christmas price cut. There’ll be no new model, though.

PS3 first-party software will be on full display. Expect new content from the biggest Sony hitters. Doors open for the Sony’s conference next Tuesday at 6.00pm. You’ll be able to watch it live.

The other main press conference at gamescom this year is being held by EA. The publisher’s slate is well laid out for the rest of the year. You’ll see Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Crysis 3 and FIFA 13 as the big tickets. It’s too early for a look at Battlefield 4. You’ll probably get a nose at Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, the free-to-play BioWare game, as it’s due out this calendar year for PC and iPad. Sim City and Overstrike are likely to appear as well.

EA’s press conference gets going on Tuesday at 3.00pm.

Ubisoft is holding a press conference this year, but it’s during the show itself. It starts at 3.00pm on Wednesday, and is likely to focus on demos of Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3 and ZombiU and Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation. Ubisoft’s gamescom 2012 line-up features no mention of Watch Dogs.

Capcom, too, is holding a press conference on the Tuesday. It starts at 11.00am.

Remember that gamescom’s a public show, the focus of which it to put games in front of German punters. There’ll be a great deal of software on the showfloor, but the main attractions will be obvious. Blizzard will have StarCraft II: The Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria available for open play, and Activision will be bringing the first ever playable version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Microsoft’s Major Nelson and Acey Bongos will be in charge of this.

Square Enix will be showing Final Fantasy 7 PC, Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and more.

Bethesda will be bringing along Dishonored and DOOM 3: BFG Edition.

Other notables include Resident Evil 6, DMC, Rome: Total War 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

This is just broad strokes. There’ll be surprises. We’re going to be bringing you a ton of content next week in both video and text form, so stay with us for all the news.

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14 Comments

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  1. DocCylon

    Great scott I hope EA finally show more of C&C Generals 2. Ever since the VGAs reveal it’s completely fallen off the radar.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Nope. Not for a while yet, I reckon.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Razor

    Not at all confident on the Vita showing.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SlayerGT

    “We’re going to be bringing you a ton of content next week in both video and text form, so stay with us for all the news.”

    Oh I will Pat. Oh I will :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Edo

    Come on Respawn,show us what you ve’been cookin’ in the oven ;) .

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Giskard

    Patrick, seeing as you had the best E3 coverage of any site I browsed, I hope you live up to it with this Gamescon.

    Keep it coming!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    @3,
    If nothing new is shown , Vita will be doomed for the rest of the year.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DocCylon

    @2 Know something we don’t? :P

    Upon recently rewatching the VGA teaser, it does look pretty early in Dev, especially considering when the studio was set up. But I want it now damn it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    I’m attending the Sony press conference and i’d be surprised if they actually finally show some good interesting upcoming Vita stuf, we will see. I just hope to god we won’t see Wonderbook again.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Hunam

    Tbh, I want the PS3 super slim. The current slim is horrid and really needs a shorter update. It’s like an ugly square.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. deadstoned

    Rome 2 please get some gameplay vids ^^ . Can’t wait for that one. I need to freeze myself and go forward in time so the wait is shorter xD .

    #11 2 years ago
  12. jetalpha

    “Activision will be bringing the first ever playable version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Microsoft’s Major Nelson and Acey Bongos will be in charge of this.”

    GO Microsoft you can do it just go. hell yeah …

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Talkar

    Blizz will also host panels with the SC2 devs ;)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. silentbob

    For the love of all that’s good, get yourselves an appointment booked with Oculus for a demo of their Rift VR HMD.

    I’d love to get a viewpoint from an industry figure I (vaguely) trust!

    #14 2 years ago