Gamescom, though massive in terms of numbers as it’s open to the public, is no E3. In the past you’d have the opportunity to watch a PlayStation, Microsoft and EA conference, but that’s as big as it’s ever been. This year however Sony will not be taking to the stage at Gamescom in Cologne.
That’s not saying that they’ll be missing altogether. They’ll still be there to show off their games to the media behind closed doors, as well as to the public. So why this sudden change of heart? They feel that, with E3 being moved a week later and Gamescom being moved earlier, the shows are too close to each other for any news they might have to have an impact. Their plans are to hold an international media briefing at Paris Game Week in October instead.
Here’s exactly what SCEE had to say:
[quote]We’re delighted to announce that we will be hosting an international media briefing at Paris Games Week on 27th October.
With the changes this year of E3 taking place a week later and Gamescom taking place earlier, we feel that both PlayStation and the wider industry would benefit from a major news milestone later in the year, during the most important period for gaming. We are excited about our plans and look forward to sharing some exciting announcements. We will share more information closer to the time.[/quote]
Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took to Twitter to confirm that Xbox will still host a press conference at Gamescom:
@VernAtXboxUncut @iamironwolf Sure, we think GC is an important conference for us. One of the biggest game shows in the world.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 6, 2015