Sony Skipping Gamescom 2022 And Opening Night Live

A crowd of people look up at large blue screens inside Gamecom's showroom.

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One of the biggest video game brands in the world, PlayStation, has confirmed that it will not be part of the annual Gamescom 2022 trade show, nor will there be any big news or announcements to share at the Opening Night Live event hosted by gaming pope Geoff Keighley. It joins other companies skipping the show this year as the video game industry continues to reckon with the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, Sony quietly confirmed its decision not to attend Gamescom 2022 via a statement delivered to game economy, a video game information site in Germany. In the past, his The livestream of Opening Night Live functioned as another mini-E3-like event and generally ended Keighley’s “summer play” hype train. game economy explains that to participate in the opening night, companies must also participate in the Gamescom trade show.

My box contacted Sony for comment.

Gamescom is an annual European video game trade fair which always took place in Cologne, Germany. Prior to covid-19, the lounge was regularly attended by large numbers of people, often referred to as the largest gaming fair in the world due to such large crowds. This summer’s Gamescom, which begins on August 24 and ends on August 28, is something of a comeback for the show, as it’s the first physical Gamescom event since 2019.

But things are different now, and this return will feature fewer large companies, as Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, Wargaming, and Take-Two Interactive have all confirmed they’re also skipping the annual European convention. So far, Microsoft has yet to confirm whether or not it will attend the show.

If Sony completely ignores Gamecom, as has been reported, that seems to limit where and when we’ll finally get an actual, specific release date for its next God of the war after, Ragnarok. We know it’s supposed to be released this year, as was recently confirmed, but exactly when is still a mystery, and that apparently won’t be answered at Gamescom. Recent reports pegged it for a November launchbut Sony has not yet confirm a release date.

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