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Gamescom 2022: 3 unmissable game showcases and presentations that promise to impress

A Borderlands teaser is the least of your worries this year. (Image source: Various)
A Borderlands teaser is the least of your worries this year. (Image source: Various)
The Gamescom 2022 event starts on August 23, 2022 in Cologne, Germany. While nobody knows exactly what's in store for us sweaty gamers this year—except for the developers and organisers, of course—the presentation schedule and list of partners sure is promising.

1. More Borderlands?

Building suspense and anticipation close to an event is something that Gamescom host, Geoff Keighley, is clearly an expert at. Obviously with the intent to build hype, Keighley tweeted a teaser image confirming some sort of new Borderlands announcement coming to Gamescom 2022. What exactly that announcement will be is up in the air—it's unlikely to be a new mainline game, given the franchise's past release cycle—but we might see new DLC, which almost always adds to the experience in meaningful ways. 

Alternatively, we could see a sequel to the fan-favourite Tales from the Borderlands, which would certainly make a large portion of the fan base very happy as well. Given that 2K Games recently regained ownership of the Tales from the Borderlands IP, a new installment in the spin-off franchise seems the likely option. Hopefully Gearbox—assuming that's even the developer—can capture the same storytelling and writing finesse that the ill-fated Telltale Games was so renowned for, else we might never hear the end of it from fans of the original game. 

2. THQ Nordic announcements?

Between YouTube videos and announcements on its own site, THQ Nordic has been very open about its intent at Gamescom this year. The jack-of-all-trades publisher has not only announced play testing of nine games at its physical booth, but it is also teasing that it will present 11 games on-stage everyday from Wednesday, August 24 until Sunday, August 28. There's no telling what's in store, but given the vast catalogue of IP and studios flying under the THQ Nordic banner, there's bound to be at least one exciting announcement, trailer, or sneak peak coming, with HandyGames purportedly doing much of the heavy lifting for the Gamescom event this year. 

You can watch the THQ Nordic live streams—taking place throughout Gamescon between 11:00 AM and 16:30 PM CEST (5:00 AM and 10:30 AM ET)—on Twitch.

3. What does the Awesome Indies Show have in store?

While specifics on this one are scant, the indie scene has seen explosive growth in the last few years, making the Awesome Indie Show a must-see. Most importantly, with outlets like Team17 and Thunderful on the Gamescom partner list, we're sure to see at least a few tantalising launches, trailers, or sneak peaks. 

The Awesome Indies Show takes place on August 26 at 11:30 am ET, and you can catch the event live on Gamescom's official Twitch channel

You'll want to prepare for all the gaming you'll be doing—so start with a solid controller, like the 8Bitdo SN30 Pro USB Gamepad, available on Amazon

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Julian van der Merwe, 2022-08-23 (Update: 2022-09-15)