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Tokyo Game Show kicks off after three years of coronavirus restrictions

Tokyo, Sep 15 (EFE).- The Tokyo Game Show returned to the public Thursday after three years of coronavirus restrictions to showcase the industry’s latest developments with a special emphasis on the metaverse and the arrival of the Steam Deck console in Asia.

A total of 605 companies from 37 countries are taking part in the three-day videogames fair — one of the most important in the world and the largest in Asia — at the Makuhari Messe convention center in the city of Chiba.

It is the first time in three years that the show opens to the public after the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to hold the tradeshow online and with restricted access.

Among the companies attending were industry giants Sega, whose latest gameplay Sonic Frontiers generated excitement among attendees forming long queues to try the new game out.

Also generating expectations was the demos of Dragon Ball: The Breakers, the new multiplayer game based on the hit series by mangaka Akira Toriyama and published by Bandai Namco.

Atlus, Konami, THQ Nordic, Koei Tecmo and Capcom were among other major companies showcasing at the fair, but Meta and its Meta Quest 2 series glasses and controllers were the ones which stood out, with an up to 120 minutes waiting time to try them out.

Organizers of the Tokyo Game Show are expecting some 150,000 visitors this year, a figure still far from the over 262,000 attendees in 2019 before the pandemic broke out.EFE


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