PlayStation won't be at Gamescom this year, according to a statement issued to the German outlet Games Wirtschaft, in which a spokesperson for Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed the company would not have a presence at the August convention.
Recently, Nintendo announced it would not be attending Gamescom, and we know Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive won't be there either.
According to VGC, a potential reason for this is that many video game publishers have stopped planning large-scale pre-release game demos since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In what will be their first in-person event since the pandemic began, Gamescom 2022 will be held from 24-28 August in Cologne, with elements of the show taking place online. The Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase will take place on the evening of 23 August.
The massive German gaming show is expected to be the largest in-person gaming event of the year. Gamescom's organisers claim more than 250 companies will attend the event.
Are you disappointed that PlayStation won't be at Gamescom? Are you planning on attending the massive event in August? Form an orderly queue in the comments section below.
[source gameswirtschaft.de, via videogameschronicle.com]
Honestly with the severe lack of communication that Sony has had with its user base since before the start of the PS5 gen, this trend of not showing anything has gotten old.
The industry as a whole has gotten incredibly stale with its emphasis on the GaaS model. If the direction the industry has taken hadn't already convinced me that PS5 will be my last system, Sony's commitment to keeping consumers in the dark would have been the nail in that coffin.
@Uncharted2007 What's the alternative though? Just announce things 5 years in advance? Then we'd get people moaning that "they haven't gotten anything new to show".
Sony had two showcases in 2020 that set the roadmap from their studios for the next 2 years. GoW Ragnarok is the last one from those two shows that's yet to release. Aside from Spider-man 2 and Wolverine we don't know anything regarding the next two years for PS Studios but it also means were nearing the point where we'll soon find out.
I wouldn’t expect them too. Sony is mostly silent as a company.
This is quite a change from the days when XBox fanboys were mocked for their "Wait till E3!" and "Wait till Gamescom!" comments in gaming discussion spaces.
@AdamNovice I like to know what is coming even if it’s five years out. I like having things to look forward too. Silence is so damn boring.
@Uncharted2007 They literally just had a third party showcase earlier this month and we know a first party showcase is most likely coming August or September like last year. How is this any different than the past when they just showed up to one big event a year? Even when they did go to these non E3 events nothing major was ever revealed anyway. So much complaining about nothing.
@OmegaStriver And you'll get that when they have their annual major show. You people really trying to act like Xbox and Nintendo are going to all these events and relaying tons of info? Because they aren't. There was nothing from Xbox this entire year before their recent event and Nintendo wasn't much better.
@PoopScoop Yeah, and the third party showcase was lacking. I'm not a fan of what the current gen has shown.
I'm ok with it. Sony has been doing their own thing and it seems like they will continue that trend by not doing Gamescom.
@AdamNovice @Uncharted2007 PS5 hardware is great. PS5 software is great. Sony Studios games are great. Sony does a YouTube channel with new game videos every day, a blog with posts almost every day, and they do big game showcase events a few times per year. Their communication is great too.
People should just take what Sony does, and then look elsewhere.
That sure puts things in perspective. People think they don't say anything because they don't go to all the big shows anymore, but they do communicate a lot.
P.S. They have an official podcast, too.
I'm excited for the future hopefully they have bit of a blow out this year and show us stuff coming in next 18 months they said they had 25 first party games in devopment and they went on to buy more studios after thatz so could be even more now. They also said half of them were new ips we literally know hardly any of them apart from rumours.
Very lame Sony. I remember the year I went to Gamescom, Sony was present and showed Horizon Zero Dawn, Until Dawn, PSVR and much more. And that came off the heels of an unforgettable e3 presser (FF7 remake, Last Guardian, shenmue 3). Sony was no boring no-show back then.
24-28 August ? 🤷🏼♂️🤔
PlayStation event is probably soon after in September.
After how lackluster Summer Games Fest was, I'm surprised people here acting like Gamescom will be any different when previous Summer Games Fests and previous Gamescoms have proven otherwise, has Vaas from Far Cry 3 taught us nothing about the definition of Insanity?
"It's doing the same [email protected] over and over again... and expecting [email protected] to change. That. Is. Crazy"
Gee people acting like Sony ain't got any games to look forward to or something, only half way through 2022, and I say Sony have been spoiling us rotten (unlike a certain other company), not to mention Sony's last State of Play was practically the highlight of Summer Games Fest, alongside the Capcom Showcase of course.
Seriously I swear most of you lot are so damn impatient, if they have a big showcase too soon and show a plethora of games that are still 2 years or so out, most of you will moan and groan like always, and if they have a tame showcase of what's to come in just the next year or two, most of you will STILL moan and groan, there's just no pleasing most of you.
@AdamNovice summed it all up very nicely
Sony speaks when they're ready to speak, and when they do, it always ends up making up for all that time they were silent, the calm before the storm so to speak.
So in the meantime, play some games, seriously am I to believe NONE of you have a backlog of games to tide you over?
@Uncharted2007 I completely agree, we have no idea what's even coming past GOW, and after previous comments from Jim Ryan and all the Live Service games they have in development im not real excited for when they do announce whats coming next.
@JustPlainLoco The last state of play was the first one since it's existence with worthwhile news. Everything before was mostly not noteworthy News, deep dives for games we were all sold on already or more deathloop 😂
On the other hand they totally neglect newsworthy things! A state of play dedicated to the new psplus or the psvr2 would have been great, but instead they just shadowdrop the news on the psblog at some random time to a complete disservice of their own products.
This isn't moaning that Sony doesn't just constantly stomp out blockbuster game announcements out of thin air, but rather a wake up call to play their strengths. The whole "speak when they are ready to speak" approach is not done in an optimal way.
Found the doom and gloomer.
Lol. They are still waiting for that e3 after 10 years. Hopefully the next one shows first party potential. I still don't get how anyone stays loyal after 10 years of dissapointment. Lesser halos and gears and a better car sim. That's all they have to show up for. Gamepass is a negative for me.
So sony is doing fine by this. We already have enough games for the first 2 years
I like your capcom praising (even tho that show was trash).
@poetwarlord Yes! Exactly this. Plus the official podcast, plus the individual studios running their own YouTube channels.
There's communication from PlayStation almost every day.
@AdamNovice Exactly. I'd much rather they show things when they actually have something to show rather than at some pre-conceived time. The odd teaser for the future is fine (Spiderman 2, Wolverine etc.) but we don't need many CGI, or vertical slice, trailers of games years and years away. They're doing just fine.
@Uncharted2007 Turning up just to go through the motions is pointless in my eyes.
@uptownsoul "A bunch"? We know Spiderman 2 and Wolverine are in the works for a (possibly distant?) future release. We know of some PSVR2 titles, which, technically is a second system, very likely to be priced as a second system, the same way Vita was and won't mean much to the lion's share of PS5 owners. FF7R2/16 may-or-may-not-be exclusive, or just timed exclusive, who knows, but either way isn't Sony really. Forespoken is the only other thing I can think of that we know about.
They've really moved to copying Nintendo both in their communication and in their monetization. There's good and bad to the approach of not doing the 2014 "year of dreams" thing and showing FF7R like 5 years before its ready and 12 years before it's all ready, but we can't really deny they've gone full Nintendo.
I don't mind that much, to be honest. As long as they keep producing high quality games and they release relatively bug free, it's fine by me. Sure, I would love to hear constant info about all the games coming down the road, but they have their state of plays etc. - Sony isn't completely silent.
If they start releasing trash, that's when we should be complaining.
@uptownsoul I didn't say FF isn't a "game" but @Ken_Kaniff was talking about first party/Sony games, which is why I included FF at all but am not certain if the 3rd party timed exclusives really qualify (Deathloop, Ghostwire, Stray, etc.) and we don't know if FF16/7R2 is really timed or full exclusive. It's obvious the discussion is about Sony the publisher, not PS, the platform that runs most games in the industry. (Before we descend into that NL forum thread where half the posts got modded out because some of us were criticizing Nintendo's output and people kept raging about how Switch has tons of (3rd party) games coming, last year which isn't what we were discussing. )
But... If you want to include those 2, ok, that's 2. For now there's no indication of if/when they go multiplat so I suppose that's fair. The 2 Marvel games makes 4. Forespoken is 5. I guess if you want to include TLoU mutiplayer, 6. We know nothing about that because they aren't ready to talk about it, I assume it went from a DLC to a The Division-like thing now so maybe it's a full service type game.
Now to @Ken_Kaniff's point though that list isn't what we expect from Sony, so I can see blocking out the mental image of that, lol. 2 Marvel games is kind of a wash for a lot of fans, despite being big commercial hits. Fans buy Sony for Sony games not licensed Disney content. A TLoU game that realistically will likely be a The Division clone a few years late to the party and will mostly speak to an audience that's not the existing Sony fan (meaning mostly not the people here.) An FF that doesn't want to be FF, Forespoken that.....honestly doesn't look so hot, but could be a surprise gem and I'm honestly more excited for that now than Deviletta May Fantasy. And an FF remake that decided it doesn't want to be a remake, but most of us are still excited for even if we hate ourselves for it.
In hindsight, knowing a few things beyond GoW may actually be making the situation worse, lol. But technically you're right. I wouldn't say it's a "bunch" but we do know of some things.
@uptownsoul Also, PSVR2 is kind of a tricky one to discuss in terms of games. It's a "peripheral" in a technical sense, but at a likely $400-500 it'll cost as much as, or even more than (for digital PS5 owners) the console itself, and is a peripheral that, even if we're excessively optimistic, no more than 1/3 of PS5 owners will buy, and many are physically unable to play them. It's more like a second platform to replace the handheld second platform, that happens to require you buy a PS5, too. They'll have under 2 million at launch if the rumors are true, which tells us the relatively low adoption they anticipate. I'm not discounting PSVR2 and its games, I, personally am interested, as a PSVR1 owner, and it was a factor in purchasing a PS5, but I think even on a fan site like this if we attempt to include PSVR2 games as PS5 games in the library, half or more than half the commenters, even PS loyalists, will be looking side-eyed as those are not "PS5" games for console buyers not buying the second platform. Realistically it's a separate platform, with a separate library, that is also sold by Sony and happens to require a PS5. It's like SegaCD or 32X....but more popular. I see what you're saying, that is content published by Sony, but similarly just because Vita/PSP content was being published by Sony years ago, doesn't mean PS3/4 owners should include that as their game library. Personally, I can't see discussing PSVR2 as anything but another platform. Discussions of PS4 content didn't include Vita by default. Discussions of WiiU content didn't include 3DS by default. I don't think discussions of PS5 content can rightly include content that requires another piece of hardware costing as much or more than the console just because you plug it into the console.
@uptownsoul I can totally understand your point of view on the first part, but PSVR....those aren't games "coming to PS5 after GoW', they're games coming to another system, PSVR2, in a timeframe that happens to be after PS5 game GoW is released. PSVR2 games really shouldn't be considered "games coming to PS5", they're "games coming to PSVR2", a different platform (that requires also having a PS5.)
@uptownsoul If a game is playable with VR that's perfectly fine, fair game, it's a game available in the PS5's library. If a game is not playable without the VR platform, it's a VR platform game, not a base console game. The VR platform does use the PS5 (or PS4 for PSVR1) as part of its setup, but it's a separate platform.
I mean that's just basic sense. It's like saying Game of Thrones is part of your basic cable subscription, but you have to add HBO. Meaning it's NOT part of your basic cable subscription, it's part of an HBO subscription that you have to have the basic cable sub to subscribe to.
Or in gaming terms to keep it apples to apples, it's like saying a SegaCD or 32x game is a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive game. It's not. It's a 32x or SegaCD game, you just need the Genesis/Mega Drive to use one.
@uptownsoul I get your point to a degree, but an eye toy or ring fit is a cheap controller accessory used by a few games. VR is an expensive platform with it's own entire library. Again much much more like 32x or Sega CD. And I really don't recall any time when psvr1 games were simply included as the ps4s library. Heck Sony itself separated it as one of the plus freebies, for a while, like Vita. And the psvr presentation week when they were going to announce ps5. They themselves DO seem to be treating it separately.
Unfortunate news but not unexpected! Hopefully Sony will still hold their usual September showcase this year.
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