Although we are still in the middle of June, when various developers and publishers are throwing their announcements and trailers at us in digital showcase events, we are already looking towards August 2022. That starts on August 23rd “Opening Night Live” event kicking off gamescom week. For the first time since the pandemic, we can expect a mix of digital program items and on-site action.
Cancellations of major publishers
If you’re considering stopping by the exhibition center in Cologne, you might be wondering which publishers and developers will have a booth there. It is clear that Nintendo canceled participation in gamescom 2022 at the beginning of June (source). Instead, they want to give players the opportunity to try out games for the Nintendo Switch at other events in Germany – for example at the “Main Matsuri Japan Festival” in Frankfurt, at DoKomi in Düsseldorf or at AnimagiC in Mannheim.
You also have to be strong if you want to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Overwatch 2, Diablo 4 or other Activision Blizzard games in Cologne. Even the well-known publisher, which was taken over by Microsoft this year (the acquisition is still being assessed), is staying away from gamescom 2022 (source). 2K, Rockstar Games and Wargaming will also be absent.
Is there someone who has already confirmed their participation in gamescom 2022? Yup, here’s the list (via games economy):
- Assemble Entertainment
- Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Kalypso Media
- Cook Media
- Level Infinite (Tencent Games)
- THQ Nordic
There’s a whole range of manufacturers who have not yet made a final statement. These include Capcom, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and CD Projekt Red.
New look, new ticket prices
With the motto “More premium, more lifestyle, more community” and a new logo, the Cologne trade fair and the game are giving a new brand orientation for the upcoming gamescom event. The gaming fair wants to position itself as more valuable and mature. The old “Heart of Gaming” still exists, but the new claim “Ahead of the Game” shows that the industry wants to be one step ahead.
In a certain way, the realignment is also reflected in the prices, which are significantly higher than in 2018 or 2019. Here is the overview:
- Day ticket Thursday / Friday – 25 euros each (reduced: 18 euros, in 2019 pupils and students could still buy a ticket for 9 euros)
- Day ticket Saturday / Sunday – EUR 30.50 each (reduced: EUR 23, in 2019 it was EUR 19.50 without reduction)
- Day ticket family Thursday or Friday – 40 euros each
- Day ticket family Saturday or Sunday – 50 euros each
- Evening ticket (admission from 4 p.m.): 9 euros
The discounted tickets are valid for pupils, students, trainees, pensioners, seniors over 65 years of age, severely disabled people and voluntary social service workers.
Notice it this year NO ticket sales on site will give. In any case, you have to order your tickets digitally in advance. The tickets are only available while stocks last. Anyone who wants a ticket must register with their own account. You can only pay by credit card or PayPal. The price includes two reservations of your choice for game stations or closed trailer areas. If you want a third reservation, you can secure it with the Superfan ticket upgrade. Allow for a surcharge of 1.99 euros per person per day.