It has been announced that another top publisher will not be attending Gamescom 2022. Gamescom is an annual video game event that has been held in Cologne, Germany for thirteen years. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually from 2020 to 2021. In August, Gamescom will return as a hybrid event that customers can once again physically attend. However, many video game companies have opted out of this year’s festivities.
In a recent statement to German publication Games Wirtschaft, a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson confirmed that PlayStation will not be attending the convention. This means that new versions such as God of War Ragnarök and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will not be presented at the event. It also adds PlayStation to the list of many publishers that skip convention. Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, and Take-Two Interactive also announced that they would not be attending the show. However, video game enthusiasts need not worry about the numerous absences. Gamescom has verified the appearance of 250 exhibitors, including Bandai Namco, THQ Nordic and Koch Media. As of this writing, no input has been made by Xbox about their presence.
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In recent years, Nintendo and PlayStation have revealed the latest game releases on their terms. For example, Sony has focused on abbreviated State of Play streams to keep PlayStation fans regularly updated on current events. As for Nintendo, they’ve decided to skip Gamescom in favor of smaller events like the SWR Summer Festival and the upcoming Stuttgart Children’s and Youth Festival. Many publishers have made the decision not to attend Gamescom this year, but that doesn’t mean fans will miss out on the latest news and announcements.
Gamescom 2022 will be held virtually and in person at the Koelnmesse Convention Center from August 24-28.