Japan’s Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) has revealed that the Tokyo Game Show 2021, set to run from September 30 to October 3, 2021, will be primarily held online. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]
This marks the second time that TGS has switched to an online format. Last year’s Tokyo Game Show 2020 had to shift to an entirely online format after the physical event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A tentative schedule in the event’s public document indicated that TGS 2021 streams will primarily run from 10:00 to 24:00 JST. The slots from 19:00 to 23:00, known as Golden Time, should see the highest viewer availability worldwide.
CESA will provide live English interpretations to all streams on the main channel. Exhibitors can choose paid options if they want hold a stream past 24:00 or add more language interpretations.
One of the drawing points of the Tokyo Game Show is the ability to play demos of upcoming games. Although this was absent in TGS 2020, CESA will now work directly with game platforms to provide new game demos publicly.
While the Tokyo Game Show 2021 will primarily occur online, CESA is planning to secure a physical venue at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall. Physical attendance will be limited to influencers and press members who can try out the demos and interview the developers.
Tokyo Game Show 2021 Online will be held from September 30 to October 3, 2021.