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Major Japanese publishers plan huge TGS presence

The official floor plan for the forthcoming Tokyo Game Show has revealed that Sega, Sony, Konami and Namco will have the largest booths at the event, followed closely by Microsoft - with next-gen titles likely to be high on the agenda.

The official floor plan for the forthcoming Tokyo Game Show has revealed that Sega, Sony, Konami and Namco will have the largest booths at the event, followed closely by Microsoft - with next-gen titles likely to be high on the agenda.

Microsoft, of course, will be heavily promoting the Xbox 360 on its stand, only months away from the planned worldwide launch - and there's also likely to be significant support for the platform from Tecmo, whose stand is right next to the Microsoft stand.

The largest stand at the event, however, will belong to Sony - which is befitting for the market leader, but which will also fuel rumours that the first "real" games for the PlayStation 3 will get an airing at the show.

The size of Sega's booth has also raised eyebrows, with some commentators taking this as evidence that the rumoured next-generation Sonic title will be announced at TGS; Sega will also certainly be showing off a strong line-up on Xbox 360.

One major Japanese firm that doesn't have a large presence, however, is Square Enix, with a far smaller booth relegated to the second hall of TGS alongside the likes of Koei, Atlus, Tomy and SNK Playmore.

The main reason for this is probably that Square Enix won't be showing off Final Fantasy XII at the event - although Final Fantasy XI on the Xbox 360 and new franchise Code Age Commanders are among the titles which are confirmed for the show floor.

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Rob Fahey: Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.