Gamescom 2021 organisers have revealed new details about next week’s event, including a show programme featuring over 70 developers and publishers.
The event will kick off on Wednesday, August 25 with an Opening Night Live showcase including over 30 games, Koelnmesse and the German Games Industry Association said on Wednesday.
Opening Night Live will start at 10.30am PT / 1.30pm ET / 6.30pm BST / 7.30pm CEST with a half-hour pre-show, followed by the main event, which will last for two hours.
“The community can look forward to new game reveals, updates on the most anticipated games and other surprises with guests on stage and much more – all live streamed for fans around the world.”
This year, for the first time, Keighley will be joined by a co-host from Germany, with GameStar’s Natascha Becker sharing the stage.
On August 26, the IGN-produced Awesome Indies event will show off around 40 indie titles during a 90-minute presentation beginning at 11.30am PT / 2.30pm ET / 7.30pm BST / 8.30pm CEST.
Announcements and trailers will be interspersed with “comedy bits and other surprises in various locations around Venice Beach”.
Gamescom 2021 will take place from August 25-27. It will be an all-digital event for the second year running after its organisers abandoned plans to stage a hybrid show combining digital elements with on-site events due to restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic.
Additional online programming from IGN, following Opening Night Live and surrounding Awesome Indies, will include gameplay deep dives and trailer premieres.