Sony Won’t Be At Gamescom 2016, Saving Announcements for PlayStation Experience

With E3 2016 behind us, the next event that gamers are looking forward to is Gamescom. Scheduled for mid-August, the convention is annually responsible for big announcements and information regarding upcoming games.

Sony has traditionally had a strong presence at Gamescom, where it announced Mass Effect 2 was coming to PS3 in 2010, a PS3 price drop in 2011, Until Dawn in 2012, and the PS4's release date in 2013, among many other notable moments. But despite its strong history of being at the show, Sony is bowing out from attendance for the second year straight.

The full exhibitor list has been released for Gamescom 2016, and it includes the following publishers and products:

  • 505 GAMES
  • Activision Blizzard Deutschland GmbH
  • Amplitude Studios
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Germany GmbH
  • Bethesda Softworks Zenimax Germany GmbH
  • CCP hf
  • Deck 13 Interactive
  • Deep Silver a division of Koch Media GmbH
  • Don’t Nod Entertainment
  • Electronic Arts GmbH
  • Blizzard Entertainment SAS
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • Frontier Development PLC
  • GAIJIN Network Ltd
  • HTC Vive
  • Kalypso Media Group GmbH
  • Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Milestone Srl
  • Neocore Games
  • Nintendo of Europe GmbH
  • Novaquark
  • Oculus VR, Inc.
  • Perfect World Europe B.V.
  • Rebellion
  • Soedesco B.V.
  • Splash Damage
  • Square Enix GmbH
  • Take-Two Interactive GmbH
  • Techland Sp z o.o.
  • Wargaming Europe S.A.S
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Similar to last year, Sony is nowhere to be found on the list.

Many gamers have blamed PlayStation Experience, a new Sony-focused convention held in Las Vegas during December, for this change of schedule. There is likely truth to this, as Sony pays a pretty penny to host the young show where it entertains thousands of attendees.

Although Sony won't be at Gamescom, there are plenty of top-tier companies that will be in attendance as listed above, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Square Enix.