The Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) announced Tokyo Game Show 2022 returns to full in-person attendance, a first for the event since pre-coronavirus.
While Tokyo Game Show 2022 returns to full in-person attendance when it runs September 15th through the 18th, this is the first time both general visitors and business guests can attend in person since Tokyo Game Show 2019.
Despite the in-person event happening again for the first time in years, there are still concerns over “young people, elementary school students or younger children” who are not allowed to attend due to “admission uncertainties of vaccination” status with kids. This comes from a number of countries who haven’t approved COVID-19 vaccines for pre-pubescent children.
The in-person event will by business-only on September 15th and 16th, followed by general admission starting at 2PM on the 16th and through the 18th.
CESA announced the theme for Tokyo Game Show 2022 is “Nothing Stops Gaming”, a proclamation that despite the massive restrictions implemented during COVID-19 lockdowns, gaming marched on.
“Over these two years, various fun events disappeared from our daily life, but games still lightened up our days,” CESA said in a press release. “Games will continue to brighten up the days of everybody now and forever―this year’s theme implies such strong determination.”
Just like prior years, CESA will offer an English language version livestream that will run simultaneously with the official Japanese broadcast. Other popular programs that began last year will return as well like free demos to play remotely, a virtual tour, and the TGS Virtual Reality area.