Summer is a big deal for a lot of people, including gamers. Younger and older gamers alike often have time off during the summer to devote to gaming, lots of new games release, and the summer game show season kicks off with E3.
However, things are a bit different this year. E3 2022 was canceled outright, and while Gamescom is still scheduled for this year, appearances and announcements from certain big publishers may be absent.
The latest major publisher to announce that it’s skipping Gamescom 2022 is Sony. An official speaking on behalf of Sony confirmed that PlayStation will not have a presence at the show. It’s a bit surprising, considering that there are still some major hitters coming out for the PS5 in 2022, and additional games already have fans hyped for 2023. However, it’s not the first company to announce this move.
In addition to Sony, Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive, and Nintendo have confirmed that they won’t be attending Gamescom. With major releases in the works from all three of these publishers, fans may have been hoping to hear more about them during the event. However, it doesn’t mean that there’s bad news for those games.
Nintendo and PlayStation alike have both been revealing games on their own terms for some time now. Between the Nintendo Direct and State of Play, gamers can learn all about the latest games coming to their consoles via simulcast internet streaming, without having to wait for a physical event. While Nintendo still has a few major releases scheduled for this year, it notably didn’t hold a Nintendo Direct during the Summer Games Fest, though there is now a Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct planned.
There’s a few likely possibilities as to why game developers and publishers are skipping major events like these. One aspect is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the landscape of in-person meetings and conferences. With no certainty as to whether or not the world would be back to normal by this year’s major game events, some publishers may have simply avoided putting together presentations and demos of their latest games, in fear of the work being for nothing in the event of an unexpected cancellation.
However, it’s also possible that as major publishers pull out of events like these, others decide to follow suit. Each major publisher that skips an event can result in a decline of viewers overall, which impacts any publishers that do decide to hold presentations or release demos. With several major game events still planned for the rest of the year, it remains to be seen if things will get back to normal, or if 2022 experiences a major shake-up in how new games are revealed and detailed.