It's official, like every other video game convention before it, this year's Tokyo Game Show has been cancelled to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The show, which was scheduled to take place between 24th - 27th September, will now be replaced by an online event.
Here's the official statement:
Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on a global scale and the situation remains unpredictable in Japan as well, the organizer and the co-organizers have reached this decision after a long consideration to place the utmost priority on the health and safety of visitors, exhibitors and stakeholders. We ask for your kind understanding and cooperation.
More details about the new online format will be shared on the official website and via a press release later this month. Other recent cancellations include EVO 2020, Gamescom 2020, and this year's E3.
[source expo.nikkeibp.co.jp, via gematsu.com]
Yeah, kinda saw that coming. I'm not too upset about it though.
With no Kingdom Hearts 3 or FF7 Remake to show at TGS, I have no idea what to expect anymore.
Sucks that the event won’t happen but preventing avoidable human suffering and preserving human life is more important.
@nessisonett Teaser for something new from Squenix? My first assumption is a teaser for Dragon Quest 12, but who knows? For all we know, they could randomly decide to revive Terranigma or something along those lines.
@RPGamer YES! (I just started part 4, but I've at least heard of those stands before, just in case that ends up sounding really weird in hindsight.)
@nessisonett Lol! But don’t forget, Tokyo Game Show is also important as somewhere for Atlus to fail to show anything about Shin Megami Tensei V, despite having released a teaser trailer back in March 2017...
@GrandScribe human life as a whole is just despicable and equally expendable. Far too full of themselves and deluded in thinking they are of any value to this unfeeling, uncaring universe.
Not really surprising, given the state of affairs, but still a tough pill to swallow for everyone involved with these huge events. We shouldn't forget that there are thousands of people whose livelihood is dependent on these big conventions happening. Still, it is the only reasonable decision to make right now.
That aside, I do hope the online event will be worth it. The Xbox "gameplay reveal" yesterday was a real disappointment in terms of ... well, next-gen gameplay being shown. I do not expect the rest of the year to play out the same way, but let's just say that it made for anything but not a stellar first impression. There is still the 1st-party Xbox reveal in July, which should be alot more enticing. We are also going to get Summer Games Fest and Playstation will also have some kind of big event in the near'ish future (I expect within the next 4 weeks).
@Krull I was actually first and foremost also thinking of SMT V. Thinking back on how SMTxFE was announced and then went awol for years, I am not too worried about the project moving forward in general, but by now it would really be nice to have an honest-to-god sign of life being provided. TGS seems like the best avenue for that, outside of an E3-style Nintendo Direct, which is apparently not happening this year
wonder if they will be able to replicate the full experience of standing in absurdly long lines to play a video for 2 minutes a week before it's released while being bombarded by girls dressed in hardly anything at all trying to hand you packets of ads while simultaneously trying not to throw up from all the creepy old men who roll in with $10k in camera gear just to take creeper shots of them.
This is weird thought: the pandemy is not that strong in Japan anymore, and now there are less than 100 new daily infected (granted, Tokyo is still the city that gets the most but not they're not that many). By the time the Tokyo Game Show started, the pandemy should be gone for good. Isn't cancelling the whole event now a bit of an extreme choice?
@BlackKnight93 I think so too. But it might be combined with the fact that there's nothing big to show this year. Who knows.
I’m surprised it was cancelled when it’s that far in the future, but I agree with the decision. You can’t be too careful until there’s a vaccine.
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