The focus on gameplay tryouts will prevent some past exhibitors from participating, the showrunners said. Ticket sales will start in May, a few months ahead of the four-day show’s August 25th opening.
The determination to return to on-site exhibition isn’t surprising when hands-on time and socializing are often cornerstones of events like this. With that said, there’s no guarantee Gamescom will pull this off. A lot can change over the course of a few months during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Gamescom team discovered first-hand in 2020. Large-scale vaccinations make the 2021 approach a safer bet, but there’s still a bit of gambling involved — the Gamescom crew is clearly hoping the virus doesn’t sow further chaos.