After Nintendo and Blizzard, another big name in the gaming world is skipping Gamescom this year. Sony has indeed revealed that it will not be present at the next event at the end of August 2022, a period yet so important for gamers who, after a long deserved vacation for the most part, like to know the next titles that they will be able to devour at back to school and for the rest of the year.
Especially since after an E3 canceled and "replaced" by a Summer Games Fest poor in exceptional announcements, the major publishers are expected at the turn to reveal their next big games. That said, 2023 will already be busy with Starfield, Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, Redfall and even Spider-Man 2, not forgetting of course Final Fantasy 16. And for this end of 2022, we can of course count on the highly anticipated Hogwarts Legacy, Sonic Frontiers, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet or even God of War Ragnarok if all goes well.
Nintendo, Blizzard and Sony: the big absentees from Gamescom 2022
An official speaking on behalf of Sony has confirmed that PlayStation will not be present at the show. A somewhat surprising announcement when you consider that many games, including God of War and Hogwarts Legacy, still do not have specific release dates for 2022. However, it is not the first company to announce this decision. Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive and Nintendo have confirmed they will not be attending Gamescom. With major releases in the works from all three publishers, fans may have been hoping to hear about them during the event.
However, this does not mean that the latter do not prepare dedicated conferences on their own side as is often done. Nintendo is a regular at Direct and, after the one entirely devoted to Xenoblade Chronicles 3 this Wednesday, we can hope for a more generalist conference in the months to come. Blizzard, for its part, also seems to operate its communication in its corner with in particular the recent major conference on Overwatch 2.
A State of Play at the end of the summer?
Every two or three months, Sony regales us with a live conference called State of Play. If the company does not participate in Gamescom, we can however expect a show dedicated to PS5 games at the end of the summer or at least at the start of the 2022 school year . Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic these two The last few years will have changed the landscape of video game conferences, which no longer take place in physical fairs but rather offline, on global lives. And even if the E3 will probably return in 2023 in physical form, that does not mean that the major publishers will stop communicating on their side, without going through the show box.
Either way, the non-presence of publishers like Sony at shows doesn't mean we won't have information on late 2022 and 2023 titles. The end of the year is approaching fast approaching and players are hoping for a release date for the RPG Harry Potter and the sequel to the adventures of Atreus (among others).
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