GamesCom will be returning in 2021 as a “hybrid” event, featuring both online and physical experiences.
GamesCom’s August opening means organisers are cautiously optimistic about the ability of the event to offer in-person experiences. In 2020, the event went completely digital due to the coronavirus pandemic, alongside many other games festivals and cons.
#gamescom2021 goes hybrid! 🎉🎉🎉
We are so excited to announce that gamescom 2021 is planned to take place in Cologne as well as online all over the world! Get ready for our on-site entertainment area, new trailers, demos & much more. 💯🔥 https://t.co/gNkmZkj8Sq
Stay tuned!💜 pic.twitter.com/rYHlYvYRDY
— gamescom (@gamescom) March 18, 2021
Making their announcement on Twitter, GamesCom’s social media team said: “We are so excited to announce that gamescom 2021 is planned to take place in Cologne as well as online all over the world! Get ready for our on-site entertainment area, new trailers, demos & much more.”
The organisers are keeping the physical events to limited numbers, but will once again open up GamesCom’s entertainment areas which have been “especially designed for a reduced amount of on-site visitors, which focuses on the testing of new games live on-site including a digital queue management system.”
Taking place in Cologne, Germany between August 25-29, GamesCom maintains that some of the most popular elements of the event will be digital. GamesCom’s Opening Night Live and Awesome Indies will be hosted online.
According to verified reports, Sony have made the decision to close down their stores for the three consoles. Digital copies of games provided by these three stores will no longer be available to purchase or potentially re-download.