Although Sega and THQ both previously announced that they weren’t making any plans to be attending the Gamescom 2012 trade fair this year, both companies have apparently changed their minds. If you’re going to be in Cologne, Germany next week, you can at least expect to some hands-on demos from Sega, but not quite as much from THQ’s showcase.
That means both companies will be joining the other 600-plus developers, publishers, and associated groups exhibiting at the event this year, which was the official head count according to Gamescom’s PR wing:
Exhibitors from 40 countries are now present at gamescom with its international scope increasing by 21% since 2010.
This year’s roughly 600 exhibitors include SEGA and THQ, two renowned companies that originally did not want to participate, but ultimately decided to have focused presentations at the KochMedia (SEGA) and Saturn (THQ) stands.
Sega will also be present at Pax Prime, with nine playable titles to show off. Their offering for Gamescom isn’t quite as robust, though—only Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed and Total War: Rome II will be at the Koch Media booth.
THQ’s absence was likely a response to their hard financial troubles during the past year. But now that the company is finally righting the ship, they’ll at least have a small presence among the other exhibitors.