It's not often Australians make their way over to Cologne, so we have to make do with enjoying Europe's biggest show from home. Fortunately, there's plenty we can watch from home or phones without having to endure cattle class long haul flights and terrible coffee.
While there's plenty of previews and reveals throughout the week, most of the show will be front-loaded with a series of shows and direct-style presentations. Nintendo will kick proceedings off late Monday night with an indie-focused Direct, which will be followed by a special Inside Xbox episode, as well as streams for the next round of Google Stadia games and the first official Gamescom conference, Gamescom Opening Night Live.
Nintendo Indie Direct
Nintendo will hold a 20 minute presentation, featuring what's expected to include Superhot and Creature in the Well, later this evening. It should be mostly rapid fire trailers. Fingers crossed for more Untitled Goose Game?
Nintendo's about to unleash a 20-minute information dump on some of the upcoming indie games coming to the Switch. We're expecting to hear some news about release dates for Creature in the Well and Superhot so it's shaping up to be a worthwhile watch.
Inside Xbox Gamescom 2019
Microsoft announced last month that they'd be holding a special episode of Inside Xbox from 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST / 2300 AWST on Tuesday morning. The show itself will let fans get hands-on with Project xCloud, Gears 5's Horde mode, and Minecraft Dungeons, and we know the Gears campaign footage will be debuting at the Gamescom Opening Night Live later that evening.
You can watch Inside Xbox through practically anything, but the Twitch channel is embedded below. There's also a small preview of what to expect from the Xbox YouTube channel.
Google Stadia Connect Gamescom 2019
Kicking off at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST / 0100 AWST is the next round of announcements and news from Google's streaming platform, Stadia. It's worth remembering that Stadia won't be available in Australia when it launches globally this year, but it'll still be interesting to see who's supporting the service at launch, what features it has, and how Google plans to tackle next year's consoles head on.
You can watch the stream below.
Gamescom Opening Night Live
Right after Stadia Connect finishes, the stream for Gamescom Opening Night Live will begin. The show itself isn't scheduled to kick off until 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST / 0200 AWST. We know there'll be more Death Stranding, Call of Duty, Gears 5, FIFA 20, Disintegration (?), Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Need for Speed: Heat gameplay, and a bunch of trailers from Square, Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, Epic, Capcom, Deep Silver and more.
I'm still holding out for some more Biomutant footage going off what I played last year. And let's hope for some more Age of Empires 4 news too — that's always been revealed at Gamescom and not E3.
You can watch the show through the YouTube embed below.