Gamescom 2019 starts Tuesday, August 20, but much like E3, the events preceding the convention may steal the show. Geoff Keighley will be hosting Opening Night Live, a stage show promising inside looks at some of the biggest upcoming games in the industry. Early Sunday afternoon, Keighley offered up some specifics about the Gamescom livestream, where online viewers can look forward to 25 different games being showcased, with the entire event lasting near two hours long.
Keighley also released a list of the games already confirmed for the show, as well as almost 10 other publishers who will have something to show. Highlights include the reveal of Borderlands 3's endgame, a Gears 5 campaign premiere, a Destiny 2: Shadowkeep expansion reveal, and Hideo Kojima presenting new information about Death Stranding. A game named Disintegration, developed by some of the original creators of Halo, will have a world premiere trailer at the event, too.
As for which publishers are listed that haven't clarified what they'll be showing, there are a few surprises. Ubisoft, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, and Capcom are all notable inclusions. Most surprising is Google, which will be talking about Stadia during the show, and It's possible that one of Google's first-party exclusives could be shown for the first time at Gamescom.
Those interested in watching the Gamescom 2019 Opening Night Live broadcast can watch across Youtube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Mixer. The show will start on Monday at 11:00 am PT or 2:00 PM ET. As noted, the show is planned to last around two hours long, so be prepared.
24 hours from now, @gamescom #OpeningNightLive airs around the world. Here's a look at some of what you'll see on stage. Honored to be over here in Germany to kick off things off with so many amazing developers! See you at 8 pm CEST / 2 pm ET / 11 am PT streaming everywhere. pic.twitter.com/ortWBXA9T8— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) August 18, 2019
The Opening Night Live show from Geoff Keighley is just one event of many leading into Gamescom 2019. The fun starts at 6:00 am PT with the Nintendo Indie World showcase, and Inside Xbox will follow at 8:00 am PT with new Game Pass announcements and a look at Gears 5's Horde Mode. Google Stadia will then hold a Stadia Connect live stream at 10:00 am PT. Opening Night Live will close out the night (in Germany), and while it's not quite E3 press conferences levels of hype, it's getting there.
Gamescom 2019 begins on August 20 and will last through August 24.