Gamescom 2012 is the biggest video games tradeshow left on this year's calendar - and it's where all of the big companies (except Microsoft...) are expected to follow-up from E3 and show their cards for the Christmas season and beyond.
We're heading out to Gamescom on Tuesday, and will be reporting all of the greatest, weirdest and most bizarre stuff we can find at the show.
In the meantime, check out IGN's preview of Gamescom 2012 above, and see what the web's most influential sites and blogs are looking forward to below:
Zoknows Gaming: Of the big Sony exclusives, The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale are perhaps the most anticipated and we will be devoting a serious amount of gaming time to each one. The Last of Us in particular is something I cannot wait to get stuck into ... although the queues will likely be brutal
Dealspawn: "in all honesty, we have to hope that Sony make this show all about the Vita. With Sound Shapes having just dropped, and LittleBigPlanet on the way, it's imperative that Sony start getting excited again for their own console. After all, if they can't manage to do that, how on earth are we supposed to?"
Playstation Lifestyle: "I'm a sucker for anything Rockstar, especially R* North, so I was incredibly buzzed to hear about Agent... back in 2009. Since then we've heard basically nothing, and they're not even confirming whether it's still alive. My guess is that it isn't, but that doesn't stop me hoping for a surprise re-reveal at gamescom."
GameInformer: All the press conference schedules you need to know about.
VG24/7: "Remember that gamescom's a public show, the focus of which it to put games in front of German punters. There'll be a great deal of software on the showfloor, but the main attractions will be obvious. Blizzard will have StarCraft II: The Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria available for open play, and Activision will be bringing the first ever playable version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2."
Front Forwards Gamer: "With Microsoft, Nintendo, THQ, and Sega all passing on Gamescom this year, the show belongs to Sony and all other 3rd party developers..."