Final decision to be made in May.
Gamescom will scale up its digital portion this year with a “significantly expanded” Opening Night Live announcement show.
The event’s “Gamescom now” streaming schedule, which features demos and interviews with developers, will also be ramped up.
As for the physical show – which last year welcomed a staggering 373,000 people to Cologne’s cramped convention centre – organisers said today that no final decision has yet been made.
Whether Gamescom will be held in August as normal or take the form of a digital-only event will be determined in mid-May.
Whatever form it takes, Gamescom will arguably be the most important gaming event left on the calendar following the cancellation of this year’s E3 – to which it usually plays second fiddle. Today’s announcement that it will scale up its digital presence likely comes as a response to E3 skipping 2020 – as plenty of publishers and platform holders still need to reveal games and new console information in the run up to Christmas.
In view of #COVID19, existing digital formats such as #gamescom: Opening Night Live and gamescom now will be significantly expanded. Whether #gamescom2020 will take place as usual or as a digital gamescom will be determined in mid-May.
— gamescom (@gamescom) March 31, 2020