Gamescom 2022, Nintendo will not be present at the event

Gamescom 2022, Nintendo will not be present at the event

Gamescom 2022

Gamescom scheduled for late August is preparing to end the summer with a series of announcements and previews of new games. However, a big name in the industry doesn't seem to be preparing anything for the 2022 event. Without E3, moreover, the Cologne conference is probably the most anticipated of the period. However, among the great absentees of this year, it seems destined to be Nintendo.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild In a recent statement, Nintendo has in fact confirmed that it will not make the its appearance or any announcement during the August Gamescom show. However, the Japanese company will still be present at some events to be held in Europe, such as SWR Summer Festival and Stuttgart Children and Youth Festival. The confirmation comes from the Germans at GamesWirtschaft, with Nintendo answering a question about their plans for Gamescom for 2022. The company does not seem to have provided a reason for its absence, even though there are several titles that fans would like to see. in August. The company will continue to make appearances across Europe throughout the summer, so new announcements and opportunities for fans to try out the most anticipated titles are not ruled out.| ); }

Obviously, the hypotheses about a new Nintendo Direct will remain mere speculations until their official confirmation, however , the company will certainly have to find a window to show the new games coming out. With titles on the way like Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, or the sequel to Breath of the Wild currently in development, there is a lot of anticipation from Nintendo fans. So, withdrawing from Gamescom is likely a calculated risk to make sure it's not too promising before next releases or announcements are ready to go public.

Nintendo will not be at Gamescom this year

'After careful consideration, we have decided against participating in Cologne.'

Back in March, Gamescom - the world's busiest annual game show - confirmed that it will return as an in-person event this year, running from 24th to 28th August at Cologne's Koelnmesse convention centre. Nintendo, however, will not be there.

Instead of 'participating' in Cologne, Nintendo states that 'instead, players will be able to try out the games for Nintendo Switch at numerous events throughout Germany'.

'Gamescom is a key event in Nintendo’s calendar of events,' Nintendo said in a statement to Games Wirtschaft (thanks, VGC). 'This year, however, after careful consideration, we have decided against participating in Cologne.

'Instead, players will be able to try out the games for Nintendo Switch at numerous events throughout Germany.

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'Events that have been firmly scheduled so far include roadshows with our Airstreamer [tour bus] and our [VW] Bulli, for example at locations such as the SWR Summer Festival and the Stuttgart Children and Youth Festival.

'For Japan and video game fans, we have decided to participate in the Main Matsuri Japan Festival in Frankfurt as well as the DoKomi in Düsseldorf and the AnimagiC in Mannheim. Further tour stops and activities are being planned.

“We look forward to seeing our fans again at many regional events.”

As Tom recently summarised for us, safety measures to manage Gamescom's usual crowds will include a limited ticket allocation, better entrance management, digital queues and extra-wide aisles in halls.

Gamescom has been held as a digital-only event for the past two years, but more than 370,000 gamers attended in 2019.

For those not attending in person, the show's Gamescom Opening Night Live event has been confirmed to return, so you can get your regular dosage of host Geoff Keighley.

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