In a statement to German publication Games Wirtschaft, Sony revealed that it wouldn’t be attending Gamescom this year, while also confirming that there wouldn’t be any PlayStation-based announcements during Geoff Keighley’s Opening Night Live livestream.
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Though Gamescom long reigned as the world’s most-attended games expo, it made the move to a streaming-based event in 2019. This year marks its return to a partially physical show, but it seems that many of gaming’s biggest companies are choosing to pass up on the opportunity. Nintendo, Take-Two, and Activision Blizzard have already announced that they won’t take part in the event, while the verdict is still out about Microsoft – though it’s looking increasingly unlikely due to the company’s limited first-party lineup for 2022.
Granted, news of Sony skipping Gamescom isn’t entirely unexpected, as PlayStation has been known to skip many major game shows over the past few years as it has shifted its focus toward short-form State of Play streams, showcasing its newest partnerships and upcoming first-party games on its own time.
In its most recent State of Play, the company revealed the long-awaited Resident Evil 4 remake and new trailers for upcoming titles like Final Fantasy XVI and Street Fighter 6. With God of War Ragnarok still expected to launch this year, it’s not unreasonable to expect Sony could hit us with another stream relatively soon.
Gamescom 2022 will run from August 24 – 28 at the Koelnmesse convention centre in Cologne, Germany.
Billy Givens is a freelance writer at IGN.