As all spectrums of the gaming world count down the final weeks until the biggest gaming event of the year—E3—another major games event is still a way off but has already lost three publishers from its 2012 iteration.
Last year, the Cologne-hosted gamescom—which is known as the European E3 and is the largest consumer gaming event of the year—attracted some 275,000 attendees from around the globe. For 2012, though, the event will go ahead without the presence of Nintendo, Sega or THQ.
VG247 is reporting that while Nintendo won’t have a presence on the show floor, it is set to host “a number of sampling events throughout Germany” to make up for its absence. Nintendo’s announced no-show is particularly strange given how close gamescom is to the launch of its new Wii U console.
Games Industry has the skinny on Sega’s decision to not attend this year’s show, stating simply that, “Unfortunately the release timing of our 2012 AAA titles and new projects don’t work with the mid- August scheduling of the show. The decision will not mean that Sega will never attend Gamescom in the future, this was simply a commercial decision made for 2012”
Games Industry is also reporting that THQ won’t have a booth at gamescom, which means that the publisher will be a no-show for E3 and gamescom. While a THQ spokesperson said that “the team is still discussing options” regarding a minimal presence at the show, it looks like the financially troubled publisher will join the ranks of Sega and Nintendo and not make an appearance.
Thankfully, Atomic will be enjoying some preview time with THQ titles later this month.