PlayStation Has Pulled Out of Gamescom

Nintendo rocked the video game world when it announced it was skipping Gamescom 2022. It looks like another company is following in its footsteps, as PlayStation has just announced it's also giving a pass to the annual European show.
At least Bandai and Embracer Will Be There
PlayStation is the latest in a long line of companies to announce as of late that it will skip Gamescom 2022. The annual show is held in Cologne, and in terms of visitors, it's traditionally been the largest showcase for the latest and greatest in gaming. 

2022 was supposed to be a special year for the event, as it would be the first time since 2019 the conference could be held in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

PlayStation confirmed its decision in a statement to Games Wirtschaft. It also confirmed it would not have any announcements to show during the Geoff Keighley-fronted live stream for opening night. 

PlayStation and Nintendo aren't alone in their decision to skip. Activision Blizzard and Take-Two have also confirmed they will not be there. 

One major publisher that's yet to state either way whether it'll be involved is Microsoft, but it seems unlikely they'll have a presence. Microsoft has little first-party content to show this year.

That seems to be the case for many of the hold-outs. The games industry has a muted Q4 this year, with many titles getting pushed back into 2023. As of right now, the only companies to confirm their attendance is Bandai Namco and Embracer.

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