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What to anticipate at Gamescom 2018

Europe’s largest video games convention, Gamescom, will formally kick off on August 21. Held in Cologne, Germany, the present will see the most important names within the trade coming collectively to flaunt their wares, together with Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and builders together with Bethesda, Ubisoft, Activision and extra. 

Gamescom tends to play second fiddle to E3, the mega gaming occasion that takes place every June in LA. It is at E3 that corporations are inclined to first announce thrilling new titles, however at Gamescom we hope to dig a little bit deeper into these video games and have extra alternatives to truly play them. 

Here is what it’s essential to find out about Gamescom 2018, and what gaming titles we’re most excited to take a look at. Verify again, as we’ll be updating this text with extra data because it arrives. 

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The place and when is Gamescom 2018?

The present takes place August 21-25 in Cologne, Germany. It is a fairly metropolis, well-known for a pleasant beer known as Kolsch that is served in small glasses. In consequence, I are inclined to get them organized two at a time. 

Whereas the opening day is put aside for commerce and press (it provides us journalists more room to roam the halls), public tickets can be found for the remaining days. In case you’re desirous about attending, day tickets price 15.50 euros upfront or 18.50 euros on the day. 

Gamescom 2018 press conferences? 

Precise press conferences are a little bit skinny on the bottom this yr, as most corporations made their huge bulletins again at E3. Nonetheless, there are some notable occasions to pay attention to.

Nvidia GeForce Gaming Celebration 

Monday 20 August at 5:30 p.m. CET (5:30 p.m. UK time, 12:30 p.m. ET, 9:30 a.m. PT)

‘The occasion will likely be loaded with new, unique, hands-on demos of the most well liked upcoming video games, stage shows from the world’s largest video games builders, and a few spectacular surprises!’ says the official invite from Nvidia. The ‘spectacular surprises’ have been rumoured to be surrounding the upcoming GTX1180 graphics card, however sneaky Nvidia followers took apart a recent teaser and located clues that the brand new card will really be the GeForce RTX 2080.

Microsoft on-line launch

Tuesday 21 August at 4:30 p.m. CET (4:30 p.m. UK time, 11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. PT)

Slightly than host a bodily convention at Gamescom, Microsoft is as a substitute streaming an announcement in the form of a special episode of ‘Inside Xbox’ on Xbox.com, Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Fb, and Twitter. Microsoft stated it will be displaying ‘the newest on Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, and State of Decay 2, plus breaking information, unique interviews and never-before-seen content material for a lot of different video games.’

Bethesda, EA, Sony and Ubisoft have all up to now confirmed that there will likely be no official press convention at Gamescom this yr. 

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Leaks and predictions?

The massive prediction up to now is Nvidia’s RTX 2080/GTX 1180 graphics card, which, based mostly on the numbers, will sit proper on the high of its lineup and subsequently promise an enormous enhance in gaming efficiency to anybody with sufficient money to shove one — or extra — of them inside a PC case. 

Whereas we do not know for certain when it will present its face, we are able to anticipate a number of associated builders speaking about how their new and upcoming titles will look even higher on this new {hardware}, making Nvidia one of many larger corporations to keep watch over this yr.

We’re not anticipating another huge surprises on the present this yr, however as a substitute we’re hoping to dig a little bit deeper into a few of the titles we noticed at E3. 

 

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