Gamescom 2013 starts August 20

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Gamescom attendees get to sample the latest games from major companies like Blizzard.

Every year, gamers line the streets of Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany to attend Gamescom. As the world’s largest gaming event with more than 275,000 visitors and 600 exhibitors from 83 different countries, it’s no surprise why people are anxiously awaiting its August 20 opening date.

Gamescom has a variety of gaming companies showing off their new work, but this year the spotlight is on Sony and Microsoft, especially considering how soundly Sony smacked down Microsoft in the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) earlier this year. With the late 2013 release of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One approaching, Gamescom is the perfect place for Sony and Microsoft to roll up their sleeves for Round 2. Though we’ll keep you updated as information rolls in during the week, here’s what you can expect from the convention.

On the Sony side of the spectrum, the PlayStation 4 may finally get a release date! If you’re worrying about what to do with your PS3, Sony has already made it clear that they’ll be supporting the older gen system with new games. Though this one hasn’t been talked about much, I’m going to assume Sony will also give details about the highly-anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3.

Now, if you’re Team Xbox, then there are some definite announcements we can expect from Microsoft. Is Microsoft finally taking the big leap to the handheld screen? The chances of this are pretty high, especially with corporations like Sony and Nintendo strutting their Vita and 3DS stuff. Lastly, will the expected release date of November for the Xbox One be changed? In all honesty, I could care less about the release date; I just want to know if I still have to chop off a leg to pay for the Xbox One’s $500 pricetag.

Stay tuned, readers! Once August 20 rolls around, I’ll keep you plugged in with detailed coverage on the best (and worst) announcements of Gamescom 2013!

Images courtesy of Gamescom on Flickr.