Xbox confirms Gamescom 2024 attendance, Sony skips again

Microsoft is sole “big three” representative once more

Fans might be disappointed by Sony once again skipping Gamescom this year, as the company has already done in 2022 and 2023, but here is something to mend wounded hearts: Microsoft is going to participate in the convention in Cologne, Germany, once again – with Activision Blizzard as part of its program for the first time since the acquisition.

It looks like Microsoft will combine the Xbox and Activision Blizzard appearances into one single area at Koelnmesse, telling fans to “visit us at our biggest booth yet.”

Microsoft also announced some of the games it’s going to show off on the floor this year:

  • Age of Mythology Retold
  • Avowed
  • Ara: History Untold
  • Diablo 4: Vessel of Hatred
  • Diablo Immortal
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Fallout 76
  • Towerborne
  • World of Warcraft: The War Within

That’s apparently not all either, as the announcement concluded with: “More to come!”

With Nintendo and Sony skipping the show, Microsoft will once again be the only representative of the “big three” in Germany, though a whole host of other publishers and developers confirmed their participation in Gamescom 2024 already. Among those locked in so far are Bandai Namco, Capcom, Funcom, THQ Nordic, and Ubisoft.

Gamescom 2024 is set to take place from August 21 to 25, 2024, with Geoff Keighley’s Opening Night Live kicking off the show on August 20, 2024.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: