While E3 2022 might have been axed with plans to return next year as a full physical show, Gamescom is still set to continue later this year as a fully-fledged gaming event. However, the expo might struggle to get big publishers on board with PlayStation already confirming the company won’t be attending the show.
A PlayStation spokesperson confirmed the news saying that the company won’t have any presence at the show. While there are still some big games coming our way from PlayStation, the company clearly doesn’t need Gamescom to showcase them.
PlayStation joins the likes of Activision Blizzard, Take-Two and Nintendo who have all confirmed a no-show at Gamescom this year. At the moment, we don’t know who will be attending the event.
While this news is sad for those who enjoy large-scale gaming events, it won’t stop publishers from showcasing exciting new games and announcements. Nintendo and PlayStation have been relying on streamed reveal events for over two years now and they have proved to be a success.
Nintendo didn’t hold any sort of Direct stream during the Summer Game Fest while Sony hosted its State of Play that included Final Fantasy XVI and other large reveals.
Publishers skipping gaming events has become a sort of norm these days. Hosting online reveals streams has become a cheaper alternative to E3 and Gamescom and this most likely won’t change anytime soon.