If we had no E3 event this June, the rival gamescom trade show which happens every year in Cologne, Germany, is going all digital this month. The conference’s opening night will kick off at 11 AM PT today, and Xbox Game Studios, PlayStation, EA, Activision, 2K and more are all planning some gaming announcements during the show.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) August 27, 2020
On the Xbox front, it looks like we’re going to get some news about Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. Age of Empires II: DE made an appearance last year before its fall release on PC, and it’s possible that Age of Empires 3: DE could be released this fall as well.
Make sure and tune into this year’s all digital @gamescom!
Thursday, August 27
11am-1pm PT 🌴
2pm-4pm ET 🏙️
— Xbox (@Xbox) August 25, 2020
The tweet from the Xbox team also teased some Xbox Game Pass and ID@Xbox news, in addition to some Wasteland 3 and Destiny 2 news. Wasteland 3 is coming to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC tomorrow and the first reviews published yesterday are pretty solid, though the just-released Flight Simulator remains the highest-rated Microsoft game in years.
As for Destiny 2, we already knew that the game and all of its DLCs including the new Beyond Light would come to Xbox Game Pass in November. Xbox head Phil Spencer is known to be a big Destiny fan, so it’s nice to see the loot shooter finally coming to Xbox Game Pass, especially since the subscription service still lacks a service game of this caliber.
We plan to cover the event live, but you can watch the gamescom opening night livestream here when it kicks off at 11AM PT:
This year was pretty special for video games fans due to the absence of E3, leading video game companies to do new games announcements on their own. gamescom actually used to be the biggest annual trade show for gamers with more visitors than E3 in Los Angeles, and it’s nice to see the Association of the German video game industry maintaining a digital event this year.
What do you expect to see during the gamescom opening night? Sound off in the comments below.