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It tweeted on Monday: “See you at @gamescom! August 24-28, stay tuned for more news…”
Gamescom’s organisers have claimed that over 250 companies will attend this year’s event, but at the time of writing, only a handful of other major publishers including Bandai Namco, THQ Nordic and Koch Media have publicly confirmed plans to participate.
VGC understands that one issue is that many publishers have simply stopped planning pre-release game demos since the Covid-19 pandemic, such as those made available at events like Gamescom, and thus would have little to show at a big public event.
Gamescom 2022 is set to take place from August 24-28 and will be a hybrid event held on-site in Cologne and simultaneously online.
Ubisoft said earlier this month that it wouldn’t be holding a major product showcase in June.
The French publisher has traditionally held a conference each summer—almost always in June— to coincide with E3.
The Assassin’s Creed maker held its first fully digital conference, Ubisoft Forward, in July 2020 after E3 was cancelled amid Covid-19 concerns. It claimed the format was a success, attracting concurrent viewership that surpassed Ubisoft’s previous E3 conferences.
Ubisoft said this month that it plans to “unveil the future of Assassin’s Creed” in September.
And it was recently claimed that Ubisoft will finally re-reveal its online pirate game Skull and Bones in July.