Xbox heading to Tokyo Game Show for 50-minute showcase with ‘exclusive news’
The organizers of Tokyo Game Show 2021 have revealed the full schedule and exhibitor list for the event, and there’s a single console maker with a dedicated livestream on the agenda: Xbox.
While Microsoft’s biggest competitors in the console space, Sony and Nintendo, are both listed as exhibitors, neither has a full presentation slotted on the official schedule. That may change in the days ahead, but for the moment it looks like Xbox may have the biggest presence at the all-digital show.
According to the official schedule, the Xbox livestream will take kick off on September 30th at 6 p.m. local time—that’s 2 a.m. PT, 5 a.m. ET—and run for around 50 minutes.
There’s no indication of what will be shown at the event, but the Xbox exhibitor page does promise exclusives of some sort. “JUMP IN and join Xbox as we bring our gaming ecosystem gaming [sic] to the world. We have some exclusive news and content to share and… Tokyo Game Show 2021 is our stage,” the message reads.
Given that the event will take place during the early, early morning hours in most of the U.S., the news may be specifically geared towards a Japanese audience. In other words, don’t expect a reveal of the next Gears of War or anything of that magnitude. Still, a major partnership with a Japanese developer—or perhaps even an acquisition on that front—would have major implications for Xbox fans worldwide.
The Xbox brand has traditionally struggled in Japan, with weak sales numbers generation after generation. Despite some efforts to attract exclusives from Japanese developers—especially during the Xbox 360 era—Microsoft’s consoles have never really caught on in the country.
Tokyo Game Show 2021 runs from September 30th through October 3rd.