Tokyo Game Show 2023 opens with latest video games from Asian developers
Stars and Stripes September 21, 2023
CHIBA, Japan — The much-anticipated Tokyo Game Show 2023 kicked off Thursday, back in full force after the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, more than 2,600 booths are showcasing over 2,200 individual titles; that’s more than 800 booths and 400 games than premiered at last year’s event.
Streamers, content creators and industry professionals only were admitted to the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba for business Thursday and Friday. Doors open Saturday and Sunday for the public.
This show is the first in four years that the event organizers had the entire event center, according to an email from game show management on Thursday.
The four-day Tokyo Game Show is an annual event where video game developers and publishers show off their upcoming titles and give attendees an opportunity to play the games well before the official release.
Booths set up by larger studios typically have life-size replicas, cosplayers and other items from their games, which helps draw the attention of the thousands streaming through the convention center.
This year, some of the biggest booths were for Square Enix, the developer behind the Final Fantasy franchise; Capcom, which developed the Monster Hunter franchise; and Konami, which pumped up attention for its Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection that releases in October.
In addition to visiting the show’s many booths, eventgoers can sit in on various conferences where representatives for industry giants like Valve, Microsoft and Sony announce games and discuss the industry.
For those that can’t attend in person, the game show has a virtual reality version that is accessible through the Tokyo Game Show website.
The Tokyo Game Show has been an annual event since 1996 and has only grown in scale since its inception.