Tokyo Game Show 2021 has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The yearly video game expo and convention show, normally held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, will drop its in-person event again, and stream the full contents online. The motto of this year’s show will be 「それでも、僕らにはゲームがある。」which translates to “We’ll always have games,” reflecting on the fact that even a pandemic cannot take away the passion everyone has for gaming.
This year is special, as it’s the 25 anniversary of the show, which first made its debut in 1996. As fitting of such an occasion, several improvements will be implemented to make the online experience even better.
A new offline venue will be prepared for the press and influencers at Makuhari Messe to demo new titles and host interviews and exhibitions. All official mainline streams will now have English interpreters. There will be a trial plan that allows viewers to demo games online for free. There’s even an online experience tour being planned to allow the general public to view a simulated version of the venue.
The online Tokyo Game Show 2021 event will take place from September 30 to October 3. The online portal for the general public site will open on September 1.