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What to Expect from Tokyo Game Show 2016

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Tokyo Game Show has been Japan’s largest video game convention since it was first held in 1996; similar to E3 that’s held in the US. The event will be held from September 15-18 in Tokyo at Makuhari Messe and we’re here to cover the event to show you guys what’s happening and what’s what, but before the convention goes into full swing, here’s what you can expect to see from this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

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Sony Playstation 4 and the Goodies

Sony recently unveiled the slimmer version of the Playstation, previously called by the gaming community as the “Playstation Neo”, and the new Playstation 4 Pro that will now be capable of giving more geekgasmic experience with 4K videos, 4K streaming, and HDR content support. It’s more than likely that we’re going to see both these consoles at TGS plus Playstation VR setups to give us a taste of what’s scheduled to hit the stores on October 13. Batman Arkham VR, anyone?

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Six Major Stages to Check Out

This wouldn’t be a “Game Show” without game developers and publishers showing off titles that are about to be released or are going to be released in the weeks and months to come. There are six major stages that we are definitely visiting: Capcom, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Square Enix, SEGA Games, Konami, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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Capcom has already released their full schedule for TGS 2016 and it includes events for Street Fighter V, and in-depth looks at two of their highly anticipated releases: Monster Hunter Stories and Resident Evil 7. We can also expect to see other games from Capcom like: Megami Meguri, a chat about Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney for its 15th Anniversary, and a demo for Dragon’s Dogma Online featuring its director Kento Kinoshita.

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The BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment booth is scheduled to give us a look at the 7th iteration of their fighting game, Tekken 7, and give us a look at Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and the new Sword Art Online game. They will also be hyping Marcoss Delta Scramble Anime and Video Game. There’s also a scheduled “new game presentation” so do stay tuned for the announcement as Tokyo Game Show unfolds.

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At the SEGA Game Booth, we’ll be treated to a look at the follow up to the tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles titled, Azure Revolution. We’ll also be seeing Sonic for the newest game featuring the fastest, chili-dog eating Hedgehog to be released on the Nintendo 3DS — Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice. We’ll be seeing a few games at SEGA Games’ stage as well, including the famous JRPG by Atlus — Persona 5, and Electronic Arts also shares the SEGA stage to feature the first-person shooter, Titalfall 2.

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Looking at the schedule for the Konami Stage is a little underwhelming unless you’re a huge football fan. Several presentations for Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer are going to be spaced out with the 4 days of the entire convention. This includes a Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 World Challenge featuring some of the very best players, including: MC Remi Suikawa, DJ Teppei Uematse, and Usmakablye — Champion of the 2016 PES Wolrd Challenge — who has a 99 percent win rate. Another event schedules at Konami that we can expect is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links presentation.

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Do we even have to tell you what to expect from the Square Enix stage? Final Fantasy, of course! We’ll be getting a peek at Final Fantasy XV and a bunch of other titles from the Final Fantasy franchise. We can’t express how excited we are to try out Final Fantasy XV again after playing the Platinum Demo a few months back. Playstation fans can also begin to rejoice because Rise of the Tomb Raider will be featured on stage, as well as the 2016 iteration of Hitman.

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Last, but not the least, is the stage for Sony Interactive Entertainment. Sadly, the release date for The Last Guardian has been pushed back yet again, but we’re hoping to see and/or hear about the latest developments for the highly anticipated game that seems to always leave us hanging in terms of when we can actually play it. We will also be seeing the staple racing game for Playstation owners, Gran Turismo Sport, a look at the sequel to the (sometimes literally) dizzying Gravity Rush series, and the latest addition to the Call of Duty series — Infinite Warfare.

Games, Cosplay, and more Games!

There are also going to be a ton of indie game developers from different regions on the scene. Plus, no con is ever complete without cosplayers and we’re pretty sure we’ll swing by the cosplay stage to check out what they’ve got going on there too. You can’t talk about games without mentioning the eSports scene and there’s a huge setup for all the competitions going on during the days of Tokyo Game Show.

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As mentioned earlier, we and the boys from UnGeek are here to cover Tokyo Game Show 2016 — so be sure to visit both sites to hear the latest news coming our of the biggest gaming convention in Japan.

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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5 Comments

  1. Dear editor it is “Makuhari Messe”.
    Anyways why is it called Tokyo Game Show when it is in Chiba? Not being nitpicky here. I just find it funny myself.

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