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No Nintendo presser for gamescom, Microsoft “still finalizing” plans

Tuesday, 3rd August 2010 11:45 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Nintendo has confirmed to VG247 that it will hold no gamescom press conference this year, while Microsoft has said it will soon solidify “plans”.

MS on hold for Cologne

Microsoft’s told VG247 today that it’s “still finalizing” its plans for the show.

More concrete details should be given to press next week, a spokesperson said.

Last year, the firm held a Peter Molyneux-centric press conference, in which he revealed Fable III.

Nintendo strikes out

Nintendo has now confirmed it won’t be having a press conference at gamescom this year, and will just have a stand at the show. This is a repeat of Nintendo’s gamescom set-up in 2009.

The platform holder isn’t the only games firm to hold fire on the German event. In the past month, publishers Sega and Capcom have confirmed they’ll have no gamescom presence at all.

Sega told VG247 that it was pulling out for “commercial” reasons, meaning Sonic 4, Vanquish, Valkyria Chronicles II and Shogun 2 won’t be on show in Cologne later this month.

Capcom, meanwhile, said it couldn’t “justify” showing a small line-up at gamescom, so Dead Rising 2, Sengoku BASARA: Samuari Heroes, Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and others will be absent from the show.

Sony and EA are green to go

But SCEE and EA, in contrast, have fully committed to gamescom 2010, both holding their press conferences on August 17.

While it’s mostly unknown what to expect from SCEE this year – compared to last year and the Slimgate andprice-cut scenario – attendees will be watching for new trailers from stars such as GT5 and inFamous 2, as well as new game reveals.

A PSP2 reveal is unlikely.

As for EA, it will be debuting Crysis 2′s multiplayer at the show, as well as airing Dragon Age 2 for the first time.

EA will go first with its press conference at 4.00pm CET (3.00pm BST) on August 17, followed by Sony at 6.00pm CET (5.00pm BST).

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  1. Crysis

    well if the psp2 doesnt show up, it’s either TGS or i’m gonna buy a 3DS

    #1 4 years ago
  2. 2plus2equals5

    It’s sad to say because i love my psp, but i think that sony have to show the psp2 soon.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. cookiejar

    I reckon TGS personally, but we’ll see. I do think we’d have to see it before the years out, with the 3DS looming.

    As for this show, didn’t think Nintendo would turn up in any big way, and Microsoft will probably turn up with Kinect and start flogging that. Might even let Mooolinex back out of his cage again.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Crysis

    it would be ignorant if Sony thinks they can take on the 3DS with 5yo hardware called the psp, personally i think the psp2 will come 0ut within a year & they’ll continue low level support with it, like they’re currently doing with the ps2, i often see new ps2 games with things like Smackdown vs Raw, among multiple other sports titles

    #4 4 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    best game on psp is burnout

    #5 4 years ago
  6. onlineatron

    It’s a shame Gamescom looks to be dwindling in terms of industry importance.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. KrazyKraut

    i can understand that the japanese devs and pubs hold their stuff for TGS. I think there is a reason why there are Game Conventions EU, US and JAP/ASIA

    #7 4 years ago
  8. justiceblob

    The reason gamescon continues to dwindle in popularity is because it is too soon after E3, and people would rather have a larger stock of announcements to make for TGS

    #8 4 years ago
  9. pspgamer01

    the psp 2 will come next years not this year. It will be hard for sony. They probably make a worthless psp go 2.

    #9 4 years ago