The current COVID-19/coronavirus situation has not yet abated. The panic and danger people around the world are experiencing is very real, and that has affected many an industry. This includes the gaming sphere as well, with the likes of E3 and GDC 2020 getting canceled or delayed. Ubisoft and Microsoft are going the digital route to showcase their products during that period. Bethesda, on the other hand, has also shelved plans for a presentation. Considering all these, Gamescom is still set to commence this August in Cologne, Germany, albeit with a stronger digital presence.
Shift in focus
In an official press release, Gamescom has stated a decision on the physical show has not been made. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the event each year, and that remains a risk during this pandemic. With that in mind, the official decision on a physical show will be made in May. Publishers, developers, sponsors, and more will be keeping a close eye on the plans being made.
Unlike E3, Gamescom is most likely going to continue, albeit in the digital space. There are plans in motion for the event to have a “significantly expanded” online presence. This will be boosted by a much bigger Opening Night Live show with Geoff Keighley. The Gamescom Now stream schedule will also likely get a comprehensive expansion.
In view of #COVID19, existing digital formats such as #gamescom: Opening Night Live and gamescom now will be significantly expanded. Whether #gamescom2020 will take place as usual or as a digital gamescom will be determined in mid-May.
— gamescom (@gamescom) March 31, 2020
This way, interested fans and gamers can still get their fix of the latest and greatest, but without risks. The shift to the online space makes things even easier, with access to trailers, reveals, developer talks, and more being more convenient through the web.
Time to shine
With E3’s cancellation, one way or another, this could very well become the most important Gamescom yet, happening this August 25-29. The form it ultimately will take remains to be seen though. Stay tuned for updates.