Tokyo Game Show 2023 - List of expected RPG-related live streams
It's almost that time of the year again. Tokyo Game Show 2023 is set to take place on September 21-24. Although the physical venue at Makuhari Messe is pretty much returning to full capacity, there will still be major showcase streams airing online throughout the event. And many of them will also feature high-profile RPG titles.
We have thus compiled a comprehensive list of live streams that RPG fans might not want to miss out. Unless otherwise specified, most of the streams listed here should be available to follow on TGS' official channel on YouTube and Steam.
Update (18 September): We added the new streams from Atlus and Sega's Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio to the lineup. Even though they technically happen before TGS, we expect most of their games' information to come from these earlier streams.
Microsoft - Xbox TGS Showcase
The first major company stream to launch at TGS 2023 will be Microsoft's Xbox showcase on Thursday, September 21 at 18:00 JST (09:00 UTC). The Xbox showcases have grown more important for revealing first-hand information on Japanese RPG titles in recent years. Last year's edition even brought a surprise bombshell with an announcement of the Ni no Kuni series coming to the Xbox platforms.
Microsoft has also seemingly made a preferential deal with Atlus to have the latter's recent upcoming games announced for Xbox first. Studio Zero's Metaphor: ReFantazio is one such example, as it was first revealed at the June 2023 Xbox showcase. As such, there is a good chance that we'll see more world premiere trailers here before the publishers' own streams later on.
505 Games - Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
Following right after the Xbox showcase will be 505 Games at 19:00 JST (10:00 UTC). And whenever we see 505 Games, we will always be reminded of one title—Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. In last year's event, the group published a trailer that showcased the RPG's Japanese voiceovers for the first time.
However, the news flow for Eiyuden Chronicle might slow down following the game's delay to Q2 2024. Nevertheless, 505 Games should know well what the audience is anticipating from their stream the most, so we can expect Yoshitaka Murayama to make another appearance here and share more updates to his upcoming RPG.
Sega & Atlus - Like a Dragon Gaiden & Persona games
The first day will see non-stop hourly streams from major publishers, and Sega & Atlus will continue the train at 20:00 JST (11:00 UTC).
Update: Sega's Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and Atlus have each announced their own presentations that will happen on Wednesday, September 20—the day before TGS officially begins. Considering the proximity, we believe that most of the new reveals will be made in these streams instead of the Thursday one. The Fall 2023 RGG Summit will go live at 12:00 JST (03:00 AM UTC), while Atlus will upload their Media Briefing session on the Atlustube channel at 21:00 JST (12:00 UTC).
Level-5 - Megaton Musashi, DecaPolice, & more
For the past 2 years, Level-5 was seemingly focused entirely on the Megaton Musashi series. This time around, the company is staging a grand return with a much larger lineup, as they are also celebrating their 25th anniversary.
The stream on September 21 at 21:00 JST (12:00 UTC) will cover not only Megaton Musashi: Wired—the series' first entry to get global and PC releases—but also DecaPolice, Fantasy Life i, and Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road. And despite not being an RPG, the new puzzle adventure game Professor Layton and the New World of Steam is also very worth looking forward to.
Koei Tecmo - Fate/Samurai Remnant & Atelier Resleriana
While Koei Tecmo is usually known to cover a variety of genres from action to strategy, there seems to be a huge organizational policy shift as they only seem to feature two games this year, and both of them will share part of the wide RPG genre. They will also hold separate streams dedicated to each title.
The first one on September 21 at 22:00 JST (13:00 UTC) will give the spotlight to Fate/Samurai Remnant, and the second on Friday, September 22 at 18:00 JST (09:00 UTC) will cover the mainline crossover mobile game Atelier Resleriana. There is also another general stream scheduled to air the hour after at 19:00 JST (10:00 UTC) on Koei Tecmo's own channel, though we are still not sure whether this stream will feature any significant game.
Capcom - Dragon's Dogma II & Monster Hunter Now
Capcom's online program will wrap up the jam-packed first day of TGS 2023 on September 21 at 23:00 JST (14:00 UTC).
The long-awaited sequel to Dragon's Dogma will appear as one of the company's main highlights for the event. Other than that, the company will also feature Monster Hunter Now, although the Niantic-developed mobile game will already be out for a week by then.
The global publisher of miHoYo's games is set to hold their live stream on September 22 at 19:00 JST (10:00 UTC).
Recent events have shown that new information for the triumvirate of Genshin Impact, Honkai: Star Rail, and Zenless Zone Zero have been sought after very much. We thus expect this 2-hour stream to reveal even more update content for the former two and new details for the latter upcoming game.
As with all prior years, Square Enix will showcase a sizable amount of games at Tokyo Game Show. But while they do have a slot on the official TGS channel on Friday at 21:00 JST (12:00 UTC), most of the interesting streams will happen on their own channel.
As usual, we have set up a separate page dedicated to Square Enix's exhibits. There will be a stream for the SaGa series on Saturday, but most of the fun will happen on Sunday with streams for Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest - The Adventure of Dai, Dragon Quest Monsters 3: The Dark Prince, and Final Fantasy XIV.
In another possible example of a major organizational policy shift, Bandai Namco will have all of their streams air on their own channel with no presence whatsoever on the TGS official channel. Most of the major RPG streams will happen on Saturday. There is also an unknown slot at 11:00 JST (02:00 UTC), although we're still not sure whether this new title will be an RPG or not.
Bandai Namco's RPG-related streams will air at the following hours:
- Blue Protocol - Saturday, September 23 at 12:15 JST (03:15 UTC)
- Sword Art Online series (including Last Recollection) - Saturday, September 23 at 14:00 JST (05:00 UTC)
- Tales of Arise 2nd Anniversary - Saturday, September 23 at 21:15 JST (12:15 UTC)
- Sand Land - Sunday, September 24 at 15:45 JST (06:45 UTC)