Tokyo Game Show is expected to be the year’s end of the third quarter showcase for the best of the best of gaming, with every major company bringing their upcoming games for the masses to play. And yet, with all the people coming from all around the world to play and check out these games, there are still a number of big companies who didn’t make a showing at TGS and we most definitely noticed. Here are 5 major game companies that didn’t show up for Tokyo Game Show 2018:
You would think that with Japan being the home of Nintendo, they would make a big showing at Tokyo Game Show, just like they did for E3. Also, with huge games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu coming out soon, it was a no-brainer. And yet, nope, the Big N didn’t have a single game or booth up during TGS. Sure, there were other companies like Bandai Namco and Level 5 showing off their upcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo themselves didn’t even bother.; It seems that a Nintendo Direct before TGS was good enough for them.
Microsoft hasn’t been hitting it out of the park as of late. They don’t really have any new exclusives to show off, so it’s no surprise that they didn't show up. It’s also even more apparent that they wouldn’t be at TGS because there’s not a big following on the Xbox One in Japan. The Japanese have been using the Xbox One as a budget Blu-Ray player at this point. Still the Capcom booth had a few Xbox Ones for fans to play their games on, so that’s something I guess.
While a new Blizzard game might be rare, they could’ve used this opportunity to show off all the new overhauls they’re doing to their characters. Like Torbjorn, who’s getting a huge mix-up in his moveset coming soon. There’s also Diablo III on Switch that would’ve definitely appeal Japanese gamers. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to wait for BlizzCon in November for new Blizzard content.
This was the biggest red herring of them all. In front of Makuhari Messe, the convention hall playing host to this year’s TGS, there was a huge billboard for Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76, and with that big advertising space, you’d think it would be the same inside the hall. But nope, no Bethesda booth at all. Todd Howard could make time for multiple E3 presentations and even the iPhone launch, but the fine folks of Tokyo did not get the pleasure of seeing the King of Bethesda.
Just like Bethesda, Rockstar made everyone going to Tokyo Game Show 2018 know that Red Dead Redemption 2 was coming out. They had armies of promoters lining up on the path to the convention hall to give TGS goers a pamphlet on Red Dead Redemption 2 and a Rockstar sticker. However, no demo or booth was in sight for Rockstar or their upcoming game in the event. Not even at the PlayStation booth. But on the bright side, now we all know that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be launching on the 26th of October 2018.