During the event in August, Microsoft plans to share new information about Xbox games that are set to come out in the next 12 months.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo has had a difficult couple of years, having been canceled entirely in 2020 and 2022, but returning for a smaller digital-only event in 2021. Despite this, companies and studios have had to find other ways to showcase upcoming video games in the absence of the big and bombastic summer event. Companies such as Sony, Nintendo, Xbox, and Ubisoft have traditionally held their own events, giving them complete attention rather than sharing it with other announcements.
However, the absence of E3 has increased the importance of the other existing annual shows. Tokyo Game Show, Game Awards, and Gamescom have all become hotspots for fans looking for new information and to see upcoming games in action. Gamescom, which will feature Summer Games Fest host Geoff Keighley during Opening Night, is quickly approaching, and many studios, including Microsoft, have already begun teasing what they’ll be showing.
Microsoft announced its intention to return to the show floor in Cologne, Germany, after a hiatus of several years. The company is planning content for attendees at Gamescom, as well as a day of livestreamed content for those who are unable to attend. The livestream will begin on Thursday, August 25 at 8 a.m. ET and will feature developer interviews and gameplay from a variety of upcoming games, including Pentiment, Minecraft Legends, A Plague Tale: Requiem, and others.
For those attending Gamescom from August 25 to 28, the Xbox Booth will feature 36 stations of content featuring a mix of first and third-party titles. Fans will also have the opportunity to test out the new Xbox App on the latest 2022 Samsung Smart TV, as well as take photos with displays set up to mimic events in games such as walking the plank in Sea of Thieves, fighting Piglins in Minecraft Legends, and even taking a selfie with VASCO, a robot companion from Starfield. FanFest, an after-hours event, will also return with meet-and-greets and other activities.
Aside from Xbox, there have already been numerous Gamescom-related announcements. While Sony and Nintendo will not be attending Gamescom this year, Ubisoft announced in June that it will be there, most likely bringing Skull and Bones before its release, though Assassin’s Creed will most likely not be included due to a September showcase a few weeks later. Sonic Frontiers has also confirmed their attendance, as has Krafton, who will be showcasing their upcoming horror game Callisto Protocol as well as a new IP from the Subnautica team.
Pentiment, announced at Summer Game Fest, is a return to more classic narrative RPGs from Obsidian. Pentiment is essentially a murder mystery set in the past. You take on the role of journeyman artist Andreas Maler in 16th century Bavaria. A man was brutally murdered at your abbey, and your friend and mentor is being held responsible. It’s up to you to solve the case and keep your friend from hanging.
Pentiment will be released in November, but A Plague Tale: Requiem will be released on October 18th. Requiem, the sequel to 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence, picks up with Amicia and Hugo on the hunt for a rumored island where they can be safe from those who accuse them of witchcraft. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned, and the refugees are forced to flee the authorities. Amicia is armed with a crossbow this time, and Hugo appears to be gaining control over the swarms of rats he can summon. However, as recent gameplay trailers show, you do not have complete control.