Microsoft will not have an official presence at Tokyo Game Show, one of Japan’s biggest Video Game events, this September. Microsoft released this statement on Friday:

“This year, Microsoft will not exhibit the Tokyo Game Show, but we’re making various preparations to deliver the latest Xbox news to fans and media.”

Masayuki Inoue, one of Microsoft Japan’s marketing executives stated “We will provide an update as soon as we can.”

There was no elaboration from Inoue on why Microsoft will be skipping Tokyo Game Show this year, but said Japanese Xbox fans will have an “attractive” games line up to look forward to this year.

Since it’s Japanese launch last year in September 2014, the Xbox One has been selling incredibly low, which maybe the explanation for this year’s absence from Tokyo Game Show. However, head of Xbox Phil Spencer stated in previous interviews that Japan is a “soulful” place for games and “critical” to their success, so there maybe other reasons for their absence.



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