Think European E3. It's part trade show, part public expo but it's basically all about the games. While there are no conferences this year from Sony or Microsoft, pretty much every game you can think of will be there.
There are two parts to Gamescom. The show runs from the 17th to the 21st of August overall but the public are only allowed in on the 18th, giving the press a day to get as much done as possible before all hell breaks loose.
Seriously, Gamescom is where crowds go to learn.
That? That's nothing. There's still gaps between the people that aren't other people. Comeback when everyone's pressed together like mechanically recovered meat and then you've got Gamescom.
You'll be able to watch the Gamescom 2016 trailers here when they start. Chances are there'll be some new stuff for all the big games like COD, Gears 4, Prey, Dishonored 2 and Resi 7 (more on that below). Basically expect an update to anything revealed or shown at E3 and a few surprises.
Unsurprisingly, there are going to be loads of games at Gamescom because if it's been announced or exists it's going to be there.
We'll link out to all our coverage as it happens, but what are we expecting? We know Sony's full Gamescom line up at least, which is very VR focused. Not a huge surprise given PS VR is out in two months.
As for the rest you'll have the usual big hitters. Activision with Call of Duty and some Destiny: Rise of Iron, Microsoft with things like Gears of War and Dead Rising 4. Bethesda will probably have a little more to say on Prey and Dishonored 2 post-Quakecon. EA will be pushing Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 (with some new gameplay streams already promised). And don't forget Ubi which will have some new Watch Dogs 2, South Park, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Steep.
So far we've got a Gamescom Titanfall 2 livestream which will be focusing on multiplayer and pitching 'some of the community's biggest gaming personalities competing for bragging rights'. That'll be on August 16 at 8:00 pm CET/11:00 am PST.
There's also a Battlefield 1 livestream on August 16 at 12PM PT/9PM CEST showing off a new map and what EA is called a 'trainload' of new info. And yes that is apparently a deliberate tease.
Expect to see more when the show kicks off. We'll list them those and everything else here as it happens.