Tokyo Game Show 2020 Canceled and Replaced by Online Event

Just like everyone and their cat expected, Tokyo Game Show 2020 has been officially canceled and replaced by an online event.

May 7, 2020

Tokyo Game Show 2020 has been canceled due to Covid-19. TGS 2020 was supposed to be held from September 24 to September 27 at Makuhari Messe. Now, an online event will be held instead. We’ll hear more details in late May.

This is a predictable outcome seeing the current state of the world. The introduction of an online event isn’t surprising either. Most if not all stage shows and events held at TGS nowadays are streamed online. DualShockers covered the vast majority of them last year, and you can be sure we’ll do the same this year. With translations, summaries, and comments from developers, rather than simply delivering you the basic info and stream links.


We might see some PS5, Xbox Series X games at TGS 2020. It will be interesting to see how the current work from home status will affect the flux of new Japanese games presented at Tokyo Game Show 2020. Developers such as Masahiro Sakurai, or niche studio Entergram all explained telework slow downs development. I’d bet many Japanese games planned for a unspecified 2020 release could get delayed to 2021. This is just a guess of mine, but I’m not expecting to play Rune Factory 5 or Tales of Arise in 2020, for example.

Held each year in September, Tokyo Game Show is the decades old biggest game event in Japan. Most game fans around the world would read about it in magazines back in the days, and nowadays follow the event on the net with streams and reports. Personally speaking, I’d say that TGS started feeling less dreamy in late 2000s with the rise of mobile games. However, the event won back a place in my heart these past years in the 2010s. Mobile games don’t suck as much as they did anymore too.

Falcom JDK Band concert at Tokyo Game Show 2019:

These days, following TGS through its live streams is always a pleasure. The cancellation of Tokyo Game Show 2020 doesn’t change that. I’m eager to see what studios such as Falcom, who usually borrow space from bigger company Konami, have in mind for TGS 2020.

I guess with the switch to online event, the only thing you’d miss if you’re a weeb is the cosplay. I’m sure the gentlemen and ladies who act as booth companions or simply wanted to cosplay for fun will still be doing so from home. Posting pictures on Twitter. Just like the Air Comiket.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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