Gamers all over Europe are gearing up for the return of the annual Gamescom event as it makes its in-person comeback for 2022 next week.
The event is often a highlight on not just the European calendar, but the world. Often the second biggest gaming event next to E3, there’s usually plenty of announcements, reveals and more at the show.
Without any further ado, here’s a round up everything you need to know about Gamescom 2022.
Gamescom 2022 – schedule and location
Gamescom 2022 will emanate from the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany from Tuesday, August 23 through to Sunday August 28.
Proceedings officially kick off with the Gamescom Opening Night Live show on Tuesday August 28. Broadcast live from Cologne, Geoff Keighley will be on hand (with a live audience) – promising plenty of reveals, surprises and world premieres. Keighley is expected to announce the exact time for the show this week, so stay tuned.
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As for the rest of the week, the show opens the floor to the public from August 24, and Gamescom Congress, a conference on the potential of video games, takes place on Thursday August 25. You can check out the full schedule in the handy graphic below.
Gamescom 2022 – Tickets and where to buy
Gamescom is offering several kinds of tickets for those wanting to attend this year, with prices depending on, among other things, how long you want to spend at the event, and which days you go.
A day ticket will set you back €25 EUR on Thursday or Friday, and €30.50 on the Saturday and Sunday. However if you don’t mind going a bit later, you can get an evening ticket that lets you in after 4pm for just €9 EUR for each day.
This year, Gamescom has also announced a Green Ticket scheme. For €1 more, Gamescom will plant a tree as part of their climate protection project, so you can enjoy the show and do something for the environment at the same time.
If you feel like splashing out, there’s also a Superfan ticket, which will let you get three fast lane tickets, allowing you to skip the lines for the more popular stands.
Bear in mind that tickets this year are digital only, so you’ll need the Gamescom Ticketing App, You can download that for iPhone or Android by following the QR code on this page.
You can check out all the various ticket details, and buy your tickets, over on the Gamescom website.
If you can’t make the show in person, you can always watch from home. Check out our complete guide on doing so over here.
Gamescom 2022 confirmed games
There will be a number of games showcased this month – here’s some of the biggest ones we know about. We’ll be adding to this list as it comes through:
- Alone in the Dark
- Spongebob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
- AEW Fight Forever
- Age of Empires IV
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Sea of Thieves
- A Plague Tale: Requiem
- Disney Dreamlight Valley
- Gunfire Reborn
- Last Case of Benedict Fox
- Lies of P
- Lightyear Frontier
- Planet of Lana
- You Suck at Parking
- FIFA 23
- Madden 23
- Goat Simulator 3
Gamescom 2022 who isn’t attending?
There are quite a few larger omissions this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t be getting any news from them around that time. Here are some of the big players not attending this year:
- Activision Blizzard
- Take Two
Ubisoft, THQ Nordic and Bandai Namco are some of the bigger names confirmed to be attending, joining the likes of Warner Bros., Sega, 505 Games, Koch Media, 2K Games, and Bandai Namco.