Ever since Gamescom launched in 2009, Sony has held a press conference at the event each year, at which it has often made some pretty juicy announcements. Indeed, Sony's own 'PlayStation at Gamescom 2014' microsite referred to the event as "the annual videogames extravaganza" - but the company has confirmed that it won't be hosting its usual press briefing there this year.
Instead, Sony is planning to hold off on making many of its big gaming announcements until later this year. In a statement to Gamespot, the company said:
We're delighted to announce that we will be hosting an international media briefing at Paris Games Week on 27th October.
With the changes this year of E3 taking place a week later and Gamescom taking place earlier, we feel that both PlayStation and the wider industry would benefit from a major news milestone later in the year, during the most important period for gaming.
We are excited about our plans and look forward to sharing some exciting announcements. We will share more information closer to the time.
Microsoft gave Gamescom 2012 a miss, but it's been there every year since, and it has no intention of shying away from the event this year. As WinBeta reports, the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, confirmed that Microsoft will be at Gamescom 2015, calling it "an important conference" for the company.
With Sony out of the picture there, Microsoft will get to enjoy more of the limelight at the show, which will be held in Cologne, Germany, from August 5 to 9. Last year, over 335,000 people attended the event.