Microsoft will not have an official presence at this September's Tokyo Game Show, one of Japan's largest video game events. The company announced the news on Friday in a statement to Japanese media.
"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," Microsoft Japan marketing executive Masayuki Inoue said in a statement to Gematsu. "We will provide an update as soon as we can."
Inoue did not elaborate further on why Microsoft is skipping TGS this year. He went on to say that Japanese Xbox fans can look forward to an "attractive" lineup of games for this year.
Competitor Sony, which is based in Japan, usually attends TGS, but has not announced its plans for this year's event. TGS 2015 runs September 17-20. Attendance for the public event last year was down, but the 251,832 attendees still represented the second highest in the show's history.