Hmm, no mention of Sony, either on that front page or the big list of partners. They were highly speculated to be showing stuff in August, and we only have 10 more days left of August. Wonder if some studios will drop some ps5 exclusive/timed exclusive titles, Final Fantasy 16 was rumoured, and the silent hill rumour still wont die
As for Xbox, id say gamepass news is safe bet, now series S info has been moved to september and ita too soon after the lasy event to show any more first party titles. That being said, one or two xbox surprises could help regain some series X momentum
Sony tendentially skips GamesCom. It does surprise me however that such a digital event where they only would have needed to send in a trailer “for free” they’re still skipping, apparently. I get the logistics nightmare of “real” GamesComs for a Japanese company, but it’s hard to find good reasons not to drop something here.
It creates expectations for future (non-digital) gamescoms.
Strategically, sony is not investing in gamescom. E3 was enough for them to reach a non-japanese audience, and now (since they started skipping E3) they realize they can do that via State of Plays with similar reach.
I’m not expecting much to be honest but I am happy that there will be a showcase. Tomorrow is the DC stuff, Tuesday is Outriders Broadcast #3, Wednesday is COD, Thursday is Gamescom.
September will hopefully have some kind of Xbox event, a PlayStation event and Ubisoft Forward #2. Combined with the few games im playing between now and the end of October, let’s have the time go fast. I want my Series X already!!! Hehehe. lol.
I’m hoping at some point, whether it’s Gamescom or another event, Microsoft has a show where they pull everything together. They are the ones right now who are diverting from the more traditional path of iterative console launches to a more device agnostic ecosystem. It’s time for them to show it, demonstrate that what it means for gamers, and explain why the Series X (and S) are an integral part of their vision.
They can’t assume that people will be able to put everything together-- I’ve been following it closely over the past few months and between Gamepass as a service, GP Day one launches, xCloud, cross-play, play anywhere, the new interface, etc I would be hard pressed to give a complete picture. I can’t imagine how how someone who doesn’t really follow gaming would do it without Microsoft holding their hand and doing almost Wii-like demonstrations of how everything is going to work.
A lot of things has changed, but originally, i was expecting Elden Ring at Gamescom (or Tokyo Games Show). Heard months ago that Bandai has some good stuff to show on Open Night Live, but now, could be related to Captain Tsubasa, or even Scarlet Nexus…
Anyway, it will be a great show, specially for 3rd party studios.
I sincerely hope Age of Empires isn’t the only XGS game at Gamescom, unless they announce console ports. Promoting Xbox as part of the show and only having AoE for PC, especially in the wake of the Halo delay, would be a nightmare. I enjoyed what I played of 2 though so excited to see what Loftis and her team up up their sleeves.
I know im late responding, yeah I know Sony usually skips gamescom but like you i thought with the event being mostly digital and with this being the year of the next gen consoles and with talk about SOny having exciting announcement in August, that they would attempt to make some appearance
That being said, last year they still had death stranding gameplay, some dreams stuff and another exclusive VR game whose name i cant remember, so even though Sony wont be there in person, it doesnt mean they wont be announcing or displaying more of some Sony title
Plus, last year during gamescom Insomniac announced during the show about the Sony acqusition, which was one of the biggest announcements of the night, stealing the spotlight from everyone else, especially Microsoft. Still dont know if that was planned or completely coincidential, and i wonder if it will happen again