Gamescom returns to Germany in two months, but if you're hoping to see some big PlayStation reveals, we've got some bad news.
Despite this being its first in-person show since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sony has announced that it will not be attending Gamescom 2022 in August. That's according to German publication Games Wirtschaft (opens in a new tab), which confirmed the company's absence. As such, don't expect any big reveals for PlayStation VR 2 or God of War Ragnarok.
Gamescom organizers have claimed that 250 companies will appear this year, and while we don't have the full list yet, Sony isn't the only one missing. Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive and Nintendo have previously confirmed that they will not appear. However, we can expect to see THQ Nordic, Koch Media, and Bandai Namco.
Gamescom 2022 will take place from August 24 to 28 in Cologne, but it is not an in-person event. Like last year, proceedings kick off on August 23 with the Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase, hosted by Summer Game Fest creator Geoff Keighley. So we may still see updates to Modern Warfare 2, Marvel's Spider-man 2 and, who knows (probably not) GTA 6.
No show? No problem
Sony's withdrawal from Gamescom 2022 shouldn't be a complete surprise to PlayStation fans. The publisher has been walking at its own pace since the launch of E3 2019 and has since focused on its own online presentations, like last year's State of Play and PlayStation Showcase.
Usually, the big announcements are reserved for these types of presentations. Take the most recent State of Play showcase, for example, which focused heavily on third-party publishers. Along with the first PlayStation VR 2 game, Resident Evil 4 Remake was confirmed, and we got our first real look at Street Fighter 6 and a new Final Fantasy 16 trailer.
There are exceptions, of course. To cap off Summer Game Fest two weeks ago, Sony has finally confirmed that The Last of Us is being remade for PC and PS5, so there's some flexibility to address. Usually, though, when it comes to big events, Sony does well on its own.