Gamescom 2016: What to expect from the largest video game trade show in Europe

With the absence of conferences and shortage of news, the German showcase focuses on the players.


Virtual reality, perhaps more details on future consoles and, specially many many titles will be the main attractions for the next edition of the Gamescom trade fair, held from the 17th til the 21st in Cologne (Germany), the most important event for European video games.

Although distributors and main developers of the electronic entertainment industry devoted more attention to the Los Angeles event, E3, the German showcase has become a must for the latest developments in this sector that prepares the arrival of new platforms for the coming months sponsored by mainly the interest taken by the technology on virtual reality.

Apparently, this time with the absence of conferences, including Microsoft, have lowered expectations and an event with little news is expected. Most video games have already been presented previously.

However, numerous video games will come to light with the chance of playing multiple of them. Although, as we mentioned above, companies like Microsoft will not held their own conference presentation but definitely will be present with its catalogue of games and introducing “Gears of War 4”, the new instalment of the revolutionary shooter in third person who aspires to strengthen the sells for it’s XBOX in October.

They will be other proposals as “Forza Horizon 3” where driving will join this transverse vision of the company to allow the game from Windows 10 and Xbox One. “Recore” and “Sea of Thieves”, two unique games will also be available in the coming days. Sony, have the presence of “The Last Guardian”, “Horizon Zero Dawn” and “Gran Turismo Sport” in addition to the usual and staging PlayStation VR, their new virtual reality helmet which by the way will be filled with interesting games.

Ubisoft, meanwhile, will attend the European fair with individual somewhat anticipated games, “Watch Dogs 2” and “Ghost Recon Wildlands”, along with “South Park: the Fractured but whole”, inspired by the irreverent TV series, and even a projection of scenes featuring Assassin’s Creed. What about virtual reality? Businesses increasingly are joining this trend with various advertisements and it is expected that Ubisoft will unveil a project called “Star Trek: Bridge Crew.”

Another that adds to this long-awaited technology is Warner will the new trailer for “Batman Arkham VR” compatible with the PlayStation VR system which will arrive later this year, and that will allow players to get into the skin of the Dark Knight and explore the always dark Gotham. It will be available on October 4.

2K come with fresh material that will be released after the summer, “Mafia III” for example the new instalment in the saga of open world inspired by organised crime, or “NBA 2K17” possibly the best simulation of the sport to date. “WWE 2K17” or “Civilization VI” are other cartridges in their arsenal of games for this season.