Microsoft reveals Xbox plans for gamescom 2016

Xbox-GamescomGamescom 2016, which takes place in Cologne, Germany from August 16th through 21st, may not be quite as high profile as the E3 but it's still an exciting event in which many developers and publishers take part in.

Even though it's around 5 weeks away, Microsoft today revealed some of their Xbox gamescom plans. Unfortunately, there will be no on-stage media briefing, but they do have a "more intimate" Xbox FanFest lined up for the event along with plenty of opportunities to check out some upcoming releases such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Halo Wars 2, ReCore, Sea of Thieves, We Happy Few, Everspace and Cuphead.

See the announcement from Aaron Greenberg below or on the Xbox Wire site.

It’s under five weeks until gamescom 2016 and I’m excited to share the news that Xbox will give our fans the opportunity to get hands-on with the most anticipated titles for 2016 and 2017, across Xbox and Windows 10.  From our stellar lineup of blockbusters, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Halo Wars 2, ReCore and Sea of Thieves, to a host of ID@Xbox titles including We Happy Few, Everspace and Cuphead, we can’t wait for our fans to play. This year we’re also in a brand new location – you’ll be able to find us in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse near the north entrance.

While we will not be hosting a media briefing this year, we’re planning a new and more intimate Xbox FanFest experience for our fans across Europe and worldwide attending gamescom 2016.  We will be sharing more details on our gamescom 2016 Xbox FanFest soon.

We had a record-setting E3 and we were overwhelmed by the response.  Xbox unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and Xbox’s biggest games lineup ever on Xbox One and Windows 10. We also announced Xbox Play Anywhere, a new program which lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Our E3 announcements showed Xbox’s commitment to offering gamers a future that goes beyond console generations and one that offers them the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the people they want and on the devices they want.

At gamescom 2016 we’re excited to bring even more of these experiences into the hands of our fans.  gamescom is always one of my favourite shows, and I’m excited to attend and spend time with everyone in Cologne.

Here’s to a great show, bis bald!

See below for the show opening times.

The Xbox booth at gamescom
Wednesday, August 17 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 – 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Saturday, August 20 – 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Sunday, August 21 – 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. CEST

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