As the first part of the Summer Game Fest is soon coming to an end, the summer should give way to new gaming events which, for the first time since 2019, will return in physical form. Gamescom in August, then the Tokyo Game Show in September and Paris Games Week in November, players and the video game industry will finally be able to meet again after two difficult years linked to Covid-19.
Unfortunately, Sony comes to spoil the reunion a bit. Already absent from most events (like E3), the Japanese manufacturer has announced that it will not participate in Gamescom this year.
PlayStation, the final end of gaming events?
In 2019, everyone thought that PlayStation was no longer going to the various events because they had nothing left to show. The Last Of Us Part.II, Death Stranding or even Ghost of Tsushima were the last big games of the PS4, we thought that Sony was going to be discreet to prepare the beautiful announcements around the PS5 and its future games.
Two and a half years later, after a global pandemic and this desire to meet again, we learn that PlayStation will extend its sidelining strategy by avoiding Gamescom in Cologne (Germany) from August 24 to 28. However, this time, the Japanese firm has something to delight us: The Last Of Us Part.I, Final Fantasy XVI, God of War Ragnarök or the famous PlayStation VR2, the next releases are quite numerous.
Thus, we should not see PlayStation games during the Opening Night Live, the famous launch party hosted by Geoff Keighley. Indeed, the games shown during the evening are only those of publishers and developers who have a place in the Entertainment Area where Gamescom takes place.
Usually, PlayStation is among the biggest exhibitors at most shows. Whether it’s E3, Gamescom or even Paris Games Week.