One of many largest online game manufacturers on this planet, PlayStation, has confirmed that it’ll not be part of the annual Gamescom 2022 commerce present, nor will it have any large information or bulletins to share in the course of the Opening Evening Dwell occasion hosted by online game pope, Geoff Keighley. It joins different firms skipping the present this yr because the online game business continues to reckon with the continued covid-19 pandemic.
Yesterday, Sony quietly confirmed its determination to not attend Gamescom 2022 through an announcement given to Video games Wirtschaft, a online game information website in Germany. Prior to now, its Opening Evening Dwell livestream has operated as one other mini-E3-like occasion and sometimes wrapped up Keighley’s “summer season gaming” hype prepare. Video games Wirtschaft explains that to be a part of the opening night time occasion, firms should additionally participate within the Gamescom commerce present.
Kotaku contacted Sony looking for remark.
Gamescom is an annual European online game commerce present that has traditionally been held in Cologne, Germany. Earlier than covid-19, the present was often attended by big numbers of individuals, usually being known as the world’s largest gaming expo on account of these large crowds. This summer season’s Gamescom—which begins August 24 and runs till the twenty eighth—is a return of kinds for the present, because it’s the primary bodily Gamescom occasion since 2019.
However issues are totally different now, and this return will function fewer large firms, as Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, Wargaming, and Take-Two Interactive have all confirmed they too are skipping the annual European conference. To date, Microsoft has but to verify if it is going to be attending the present or not.
If Sony is totally skipping Gamecom, as has been reported, it does appear to restrict the place and after we will lastly get an precise, particular launch date for its upcoming God of Battle sequel, Ragnarök. We all know it’s supposed to come back out this yr, as was lately confirmed, however when precisely remains to be a thriller, and one which apparently gained’t be answered at Gamescom. Latest stories pegged it for a November launch, however Sony has but to verify a launch date.