Gamescom is nigh: Every press conference and date listed

Sony, EA and more to make announcements next week

Europe's biggest video games expo, Gamescom, takes place in Cologne next week.


The show's organiser Koelnmesse has said it expects over 300 new products and game premieres at this year's event, with more than 370 exhibitors having signed up to show off their wares.

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau will provide the opening Gamescom keynote, in which he'll discuss "the changing landscape of the games industry" and outline why games that will release in four years "would be unrecognisable to us today".

In addition to the keynote, EA will also host a media briefing at 3pm BST on Tuesday August 14, when it's expected to announce at least one new game. EA's line-up of playable Gamescom titles will include Crysis 3, FIFA 13, EA Sports FIFA Manager 13, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Star Wars: The Old Republic and SimCity.

Microsoft and Nintendo aren't making a fuss over Gamescom so Sony's press conference is perhaps the most anticipated of the show. You'll be able to watch it live on Tuesday, August 14 from 6pm BST. Sony has previously used Gamescom events to announce hardware revisions like the PS3 Slim in 2009 and a budget PSP last year. It says it "will be revealing the future of PlayStation" next week, so expectations are high.

Ubisoft will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, during which it will announce new free-to-play titles set in the universes of some of its popular franchises, and discuss "plans in e-sports and other growing online game genres". The publisher's public booth will offer attendees hands-on time with the likes of Assassin's Creed 3, Assassin's Creed: Liberation, Far Cry 3, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, Rayman Legends and ZombiU.

Capcom is to hold a press conference on Tuesday morning, but details of what it will show are secret. It has been rumoured that Warner Bros. is to announce two new titles at Gamescom, although the publisher itself hasn't confirmed whether that's the case or not.

Namco Bandai will be offering public hands-on time with Tekken Tag Tournament 2, One Piece Pirate Warriors, Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, Tales of Grace f, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Tank! Tank! Tank! Its booth will also have a seated theatre where it'll demo its upcoming Star Trek game exclusively to Gamescom visitors.

Activision has confirmed that Black Ops 2 multiplayer will be playable at its booth from day one of the show, while Blizzard will premiere World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria's opening cinematic on Thursday, August 16, and offer a hands-on demo of the expansion allowing players to explore the starting zone and try out the newest available character class, the monk. Attendees will also be able to take control of all-new Terran, Protoss, and Zerg units in a StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm hands-on multiplayer demo.

Square Enix will deliver a world first gameplay presentation of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, offer the first-ever European hands-on demos of Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs, and show off a range of mobile titles.

Bethesda, Konami, Take-Two and Valve will also have a presence at Gamescom. Here are five things we think you should be looking forward to at Gamescom. Here are some you shouldn't, because it's more than likely they won't be there: Watchdogs, GTA 5 and Respawn's debut game.

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