During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Game Show was one of the major gaming industry events to be forced to cancel physical broadcasts in favor of an online experience. It was forced to pivot to digital-only events for two years, but it looks like the show is attempting a physical return in 2022. Tokyo Game Show organizers have announced that the 2022 event will be a physical event/show hybrid in line.
Tokyo Game Show 2022 plans for a physical event were announced during the Tokyo Game Show website and Twitter on February 27, 2022. According to the announcement, Tokyo Game Show 2022 will return as a combined physical and online event, which will take place from September 15 to 18, 2022 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, Tokyo. Perhaps in defiance of the harm caused by COVID-19 over the years now, the organizing group Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) said the theme for this year’s show was “Nothing Stops Gaming”.
— TOKYO GAME SHOW (@tokyo_game_show) February 28, 2022
Explaining on the aforementioned theme, CESA provided further explanation of its decision to hold a physical event in an accompanying press release.
“During these two years, various playful events have disappeared from our daily lives, but the games have still brightened our days”, explained the CESA. “The Games will continue to brighten everyone’s day now and forever – this year’s theme involves such determination.”
Of course, those who don’t make it to TGS 2022 won’t be left behind. CESA goes on to explain that the show’s online content will also see an improvement for home viewers.
“We will also improve online content. Due to various restrictions, many exhibitors and visitors cannot actually visit Makuhari, so we plan to prepare more enjoyable content online. The Tokyo Game Show is not only a place for public relations, but a great opportunity to show the future of games in Asia and other parts of the world and to convey the value of games to the world. The future is still uncertain, but we hope a wide range of gaming-related businesses will exhibit and convey the strength and appeal of gaming.”
With Tokyo Game Show 2021 and the previous year online-only, it looks like ambitions are high for Tokyo Game Show 2022. As we await further details on the event and its reveals, stay tuned for updates right here at Shacknews.