What do we know about Gamescom?
Gamescom is coming and ScrewAttack will be there (in the form of yours truly), so it's time to round up everything we know about the event so far. Note that this list will constantly be updated when new info is available and will focus on newly confirmed announcements (or at least very interesting rumors.)
The following have been confirmed their attendance so far:
- Bethesda Softworks
- Bigben Interactive
- Blizzard Entertainment
- DeepSilver/ Koch Media
- Electronic Arts
- Gaya Entertainment
- Namco Bandai
- Perfect World
- Red5 Studios
- Riot Games
- Sony Computer Entertainment
- Take-Two Interactive
- Trion Worlds
- Turtle Entertainment
- World Cyber Games
What will we get to see?
Blizzard will show off World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, which'll also be playable on the show floor. They'll also premiere the CG opening of the game, which may or may not be re-titled Kung Fu Panda 3 later on. Zing, and such. We'll also get to play some Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Diablo3. Apart from games, Blizzard will have a live orchestra playing some classic tunes from Blizzard games, autograph sessions, giveaways and some professional Starcraft 2 matches.
Konami is packing playable versions of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (SPORTS!), Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate. There'll also be some interviews and trailers.
Take-Two is RUMORED to show some GTAV, because a recent trailer for Gamescom shows off some very brief footage of the game. Now obviously this doesn't mean diddly-squat (especially considering that the game didn't make an appearance at E3 even though it was teased in the promotional material as well) but considering how lackluster this year's Gamescom is going to be, let's just pretend for a while alright? I could use some respite from the intense Wonderbook action Sony will be smacking down.
Will it even take place?
After Sega, Nintendo, Microsoft and THQ announced that they would not be attending, many people started to wonder if Gamescom might be cancelled outright. While the Gamescom PR team continuously asserts that it will take place just as planned, German newspaper BILD allegedly obtained some insider information stating that the organizers are currently investigating whether or not it would be profitable enough...with the results tending towards "no."
The problem with this: BILD is a joke of a newspaper (hell, it's actually more of a tabloid) that is well-known for embellishing stories and generally being all-around drama queens. They're one of those newspapers you can count on to add "..., might kill us all" whenever there's a new scientific discovery, even when it's about cheese or something. Not to dwell too much on it, but their headline for this story translates to "Cologne fails with stolen game expo." Apparently Gamescom was "stolen" because the organizers decided to move it from Leipzig to Cologne. Go figure.
So yeah, unless the organizers make an official statement, I'm not gonna buy into the rumors.