Gamescom 2023 schedule: Dates, times, and what to expect

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The Gamescom 2023 schedule officially starts today with gamescom: Opening Night Live 2023! And we're already well underway with our Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023 live coverage. As one of the largest events on the video game calendar, we're keen to see what the thousands of developers and publishers in attendance are going to show of all the new games of 2023 and beyond. 

Notably, the Gamescom schedule got a significant boost thanks to Xbox announcing that it would be hosting an expanded booth in the consumer areas of the show. This is where you'll be able to watch exclusive theatre presentations of games like Starfield and Forza Motorsport, and get your hands on upcoming Xbox Series X games like Stalker 2 and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

Gamescom 2023 includes five days of exclusive showcases, massive reveals, and opportunities for those on the floor to go hands-on with some of the biggest upcoming PS5 games and upcoming PC games. As noted previously, Opening Night Live returns to kick the Gamescom 2023 schedule off, with producer Geoff Keighley teasing a smattering of news and reveals. The Future Games Show will be there too, with the GamesRadar+ flagship digital showcase set to deliver world premieres and new trailers for some of your most anticipated upcoming games. 

Below you'll find everything you need to know about Gamescom 2023, including dates, times, and details on which publishers will be on the ground. 

Recent updates

Updated on August 22 to add further information about the developers and publishers who will be a part of the Gamescom 2023 schedule as well as note that it's officially here!

What is Gamescom 2023?

Gamescom is a video game event held annually in Cologne, Germany. Unlike E3, Gamescom is open to members of the public – meaning that you can get your hands on some of the biggest upcoming PS5 games and upcoming Xbox Series X games. This year promises to be one of the biggest Gamescom events ever, with exhibitors from 60 different nations showcasing their products across a gross exhibition space that will stretch 230,000 square meters. There are also events happening around the showfloor, including the return of Geoff Keighley's Opening Night Live and GamesRadar's Future Games Show. 

Gamescom 2023 dates

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When is Gamescom 2023?

  • Business area open for trade visitors and accredited media – August 23 – 25 
  • Entertainment area open for all ticket holders – August 24 – 27

The Gamescom 2023 dates are Wednesday, August 23 to Sunday, August 27. The showfloor is only open for trade visitors and media on August 23 before the Koelnmesse opens its doors for members of the public for the remaining four days. Additionally, there are events happening around the core dates; Devcom (Gamescom's developer conference) is running between Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22, while Gamescom: Opening Night Live is set to air on the evening of August 22. You can check the full Gamescom 2023 schedule for more information on all of those and more. 

Where is Gamescom 2023?

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Gamescom 2023 is being held in-person at the Koelnmesse GmbH, the international trade fair and exhibition center located in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. If you can't make it to the Cologne Fair yourself, there will also be digital events happening throughout the week, including the return of Gamescom Studio – the event's official live stream featuring news, interviews, gameplay demos, and more directly from the showfloor. 

Who will be at Gamescom 2023?

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Gamescom 2023 attendance is the largest it has ever been. Over 1,000 exhibitors are descending on the Koelnmesse for the annual video game showcase. We know that developers like Remedy Entertainment will be in attendance to showcase Alan Wake 2, and that Xbox will be present with its largest ever booth to show off anticipated upcoming exclusives. If you want to see a full list of Gamescom 2023 exhibitors, head over to the official website

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Gamescom 2023 schedule

Gamescom: Opening Night Live

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When: August 22, at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST

Geoff Keighley is returning to Cologne to host Gamescom: Opening Night Live. The showcase will be held at the Koelnmesse in Cologne on Tuesday, August 22 and will be used to kick off the week-long event. Last year's showcase featured over 50 new announcements and game trailers, and 2023 is promising to be even bigger.

Xbox Live From the Showfloor

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When: August 23, August 24, and August 25, at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST / 4PM CEST

Xbox is set to have its "largest booth yet" at Gamescom 2023, and while that's great and all for anyone physically attending, the company is also set to share live coverage from the booth for three hours each of three days, making for nine hours of streams total. Exactly what will be shown is unclear, but the official announcement states that it will be "a series of streams taking a deeper dive into some of the highly-anticipated games at gamescom 2023, with gameplay, developer chats and community segments to give you a flavour of the show."

Future Games Show: Gamescom Showcase

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When: August 23, at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST

The Future Games Show is returning with its annual August showcase, with this year's event promising to deliver world premieres and fresh trailers from the most exciting console, PC, and VR games of 2023 and beyond. While we're yet to announce the host for this year's event, expect FGS to deliver another fantastic showcase full of some of your most anticipated video games. 

Into the Infinite: A Level Infinite Showcase

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When: August 23, at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST

Level Infinite will be hosting its first ever showcase at Gamescom 2023, with Into the Infinite set to deliver updates on some of the publisher's most anticipated games. The show will reveal exclusive updates from Level Infinite and Tencent’s Global Partner Studios, and we're expecting to see more of: Arena Breakout, Assassin's Creed Codename Jade, GTFO, Stampede: Racing Royale, Synced, Wayfinder, and more.  

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty REDstreams

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty stream information for Gamescom 2023

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When: August 24, at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST / 4PM CEST

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red is set to discuss several new features from the Phantom Liberty expansion as well as host a short Q&A session. Expect answers on Dogtown, its characters, police systems, new skills, perks, and combat. And, of course, whatever else is revealed between now and then.

Panic Games Showcase

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When: August 29, at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST / 7 PM CEST

Panic Games is hosting its first ever showcase on August 29. The company made a name for itself through the publishing of games like Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game in addition to the crank-handled hardware Playdate. Panic says it will use this showcase to "unveil the future of their games publishing roadmap" so we're expecting a couple of big surprises.

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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