With the pandemic still raging across the world, what was supposed to be an August for game announcements live on a big stage in front of thousands of audience members is still relegated to smaller screens like your PC or phones. August is best known in gaming as the month for Gamescom, one of the largest video game conventions held in Europe – more specifically, in Cologne, Germany.
Microsoft is one of the many companies who will instead take to streaming for the big event, and a lot of eyes are on their Xbox Game Studios after some very particularly big acquisitions – the one that can short you around $7.5 billion. In any case, fans have a lot to look forward to this August 24, as Microsoft and Xbox take the virtual Gamescom stage to announce updates for some of their previously announced titles, as well as some games from their third-party partners.
The biggest titles that could be featured
In terms of popularity, Microsoft’s astronomical purchase of Bethesda and parent company Zenimax is one of the most well-known in gaming; it makes sense that a lot of Xbox fans will be tuning in to see possible updates on Bethesda’s next big games. Elder Scrolls VI is one such title, which was first revealed during E3 2018. However, Todd Howard himself announced that another big-budget project from Bethesda will be releasing first before Elder Scrolls VI, and that is Starfield, the studio’s first foray into space games.
Both games are highly anticipated as many believe that Microsoft’s buyout of its developing company means that they will be exclusive to Windows 10 PCs and Xbox Series of consoles, a serious development in the ongoing console war between the former and Sony’s PlayStation division.
Besides the Bethesda games, players can also expect several big updates from the other divisions of Xbox Game Studios, including 343 Industries with Halo Infinite, The Initiative with their Perfect Dark reboot, Ninja Theory with Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Obsidian Entertainment with Avowed and The Outer Worlds 2, Playground Games with Forza Horizon 5 and Fable, Rare with Everwild and Turn 10 Studio with Forza Motorsport.
Xbox’s stream on August 24 will be an opener of sorts for the main event. Come August 25, Geoff Keighley will be hosting Gamescom: Opening Night Live on August 25. Bethesda Germany will also be holding their own stream a day later, from August 26 onwards. Check out the list below for a complete list of dates to remember and links for the streams:
Gamescom 2021 Xbox Stream (August 24)
- 10:00am PT/6:00pm BST/7:00pm CEST
- To be streamed on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Gaming, Twitter and other select regional sites.
Gamescom Opening Night Live (August 25)
Bethesda MainStream (August 26)
- To be streamed on Twitch