Sony has reportedly confirmed that it will not be attending Gamescom this year. The annual gaming event in Cologne, Germany usually takes place in late summer and is scheduled to begin on August 23. PlayStation’s absence joins a list of publishers including Nintendo, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive who have all announced they will not be attending the show.
Sony Interactive has confirmed its plans to the German site Games Wirtschaft. The article, as translated by Google, notes that this also means PlayStation won’t be showing anything at Gamescom: Opening Night Live by Geoff Keighley, since attendance at that showcase is tied to physical show attendance. It makes it a mystery when we’ll see more of God of War Ragnarok, though that’s reportedly on track for release this year.
Sony is usually one of the biggest exhibitors at Gamescom and has historically won awards and been used to showcase third-party games. So far, GamesCom organizers haven’t released a list of exhibitors, but the entire fairgrounds and all of its connected halls have been booked.
This year’s Gamescom is planned as a hybrid in-person and digital event, after two years of all-digital events due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautions. Keighley’s opening night live stream will kick off the event as usual. Keighley has launched an annual event to kick off the summer called Live Summer Game Festivaltherefore the two events together close the season.
But like Gamescom, many publishers weren’t officially part of Summer Game Fest Live. Some, like Xbox chose to have its own individual storefronts, similar to a traditional E3 press conference. Others like Sony and Nintendo have yet to announce a similar global storefront for their games. Sony has dedicated a recent Status of third-party games. and Nintendo has a Nintendo Direct presentation coming this week which will focus on one of its biggest fall releases, Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
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