Tokyo Game Show 2015 Photo Report
Tokyo Game Show 2015, Japan’s biggest yearly video game exhibition, was held on September 17th through 20th at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.
Featuring a record-high 480 companies from 37 countries, the event was the second biggest TGS ever, totaling 268,446 attendees over four days. Presentations spanned a wide variety of genres and platforms, from console, PC and smartphone games to online game video services and VR technology.
Over half of the booths were occupied by overseas companies, with 246 international developers and publishers compared to 234 Japanese companies, a continuation of the yearly increase of international interest in TGS. The worldwide proliferation of smartphone games has been a major factor for this trend, and numerous international companies participated in business discussions with domestic Japanese firms, resulting in the event being used as a hub for business networking. The rise of indie games also played a part in the increased number of international companies, with 60 percent of the 98 independent game companies at the event coming from outside Japan.
TGS is split into two halves, with the first two days of the event set aside for business attendees and the remaining two days open to the general public. One of the most popular booths for all four days of the event belonged to Sony Computer Entertainment, who was showing off their PlayStation VR platform, formerly known as Project Morpheus.
PlayStation VR consists of a head-mounted display that places the user in fully immersive game worlds with 360-degree exploration capabilities, and is due for release in the first half of 2016. 10 titles were on display at the booth, including Capcom horror game Kitchen, Bandai Namco VR dating sim Summer Lesson, a VR version of MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, a VR tech demo of Sega feat. Hatsune Miku Project, and robot action game RIGS: Machine Combat League. The lines of attendees waiting to experience PlayStation VR remained long until the end of the event.
Some of the most popular games included Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain online multiplayer component Metal Gear Online, Star Wars: Battlefront, and competitive shooter Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps. TGS attendees were able to try out playable demos of these and countless other cooperative and competitive multiplayer games.
The first VR effort from animation company Production IG was on display at the Ghost in the Shell: Virtual Reality Diver booth, which contained a domed theater playing video content. Based on the recent Ghost in the Shell theatrical film, the VR app will be available worldwide in winter 2015.
Other popular games included Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV, the Beat Takeshi-featuring Yakuza: Kiwami, and Steins;Gate Zero. The booth for the Koei Tecmo game based on Attack on Titan was especially popular, displaying gameplay videos featuring free-roaming Vertical Maneuvering Equipment movement and Titan battles.
A photo report from Tokyo Game Show 2015 follows.
Ten different demos were on display for PlayStation VR, formerly known as Project Morpheus.
PlayStation VR is scheduled for release in the first half of 2016.
The booth for VR leader Oculus was also popular.
The booth for Ghost in the Shell: Virtual Reality Diver, the first VR release from animation company Production IG.
Oyaji Girly booth
Oyaji Girly booth
1/1 scale Char’s Custom Zaku II head
Bandai Namco’s booth attendees provided a smartphone charging service.
Voltage’s booth brought back and improved last year’s “kabe-don” corner.
Official energy drink sponsor Monster provided free drinks for recharging.
Konami’s booth featured custom PS4 game cover photography available only at TGS.
Attendees could create their own custom cover art for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The biggest booth at the event belonged to Cygames, who presented the attention-grabbing Granblue Fantasy.
EA’s booth featured Star Wars: Battlefront, which features 40-player simultaneous combat.
“MR”, or “mixed reality”, is the combination of VR gaming and robotics.
A full-scale Girls und Panzer Angler Team tank was located outside the convention hall.
Competitive karuta card game Miyabi VR used a combination of Oculus VR and Leap Motion.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan will be teaming up with Koei Tecmo’s Warriors series.
Attendees could pose for photos with the characters and treasures from God Eater Resurrection.
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