CESA announces the 2021 dates for the Tokyo Game Show, which will include an online show translated into English and an in-person press-only presentation.
Throughout 2020, almost all in-person video game events have been canceled due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has spread even to the biggest events in the industry like E3, GDC and Gamescom, all of which have been outright canceled or hosted events online in their absence. As the world continues to fight the effects of the pandemic, Tokyo Game Show will be broadcast online again in September.
Tokyo Game Show began in August 1996 and has grown into the first Japanese video game show that saw the reveal of hundreds of games from Japanese video game publishers and developers. The show has also hosted revelations about international games slated for release in Japan, and even hardware-related news. Historically, the first two days of the event were only open to gaming media and industry participants, with the last day being open to the general public.
The Tokyo Game Show 2020 was the first time the event has gone fully digital, and with 2021 marking the 25th anniversary of the event, the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) has announced that it will go big for the occasion, with the whole event will take place from September 30 to October 3. Not only will the Tokyo Game Show 2021 be hosted online, with special panels of beloved Japanese publishers and developers, but this year there will also once again be a physical press-exclusive show, where media of games will be able to familiarize themselves with the upcoming titles and interview the developers
CESA has announced that the Tokyo Game Show online storefront will be available in English this year, similar to last year’s live translator for events such as Capcom’s Resident Evil 8: Village showcase. The association is also considering a method to allow consumers to play demos of the games featured at this year’s showcase, although details on that have yet to be revealed. This could mean that we could see demos for upcoming games on digital platforms like PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop, much the same as Steam Games Festival.
After many fans criticized the events of last year for not offering any major game reveals or updates, it looks like CESA is planning to make the Tokyo Game Show 2021 an unforgettable event, even if the The event cannot be physically organized on a larger scale. With events like E3 and Summer Game Fest slated for June, it’s unclear what the next Japanese game release list will look like by the end of September this year, although publishers like Sega , Capcom and Square Enix generally tend to show up to TGS in a big way, which means we may see updates for upcoming titles such as Ancient ring, Final Fantasy 16, Pragmata, and the rumor Judgment 2
Tokyo Game Show 2021 will take place from September 30 to October 3, 2021.
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