The Tokyo Marui x Biohazard Shooting Range Is Returning To The Tokyo Game Show 2023
19 Sep 2023
The longstanding partnership between Tokyo Marui and CAPCOM, two giants in the airsoft and video game industries respectively, is set to make a comeback. This collaboration, which has been a staple in the Biohazard/Resident Evil Series, had been on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, it’s set to return with the RE:4 promotion, featuring a shooting range for both trade visitors and the general public during the Tokyo Game Show 2023 later this week.
CAPCOM recently announced on their official website that they are teaming up with Tokyo Marui, the world’s leading airsoft gun manufacturer, for the first time in four years at the Tokyo Games Show 2023. They are inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the action-packed world of “Resident Evil” as Leon S. Kennedy, the main character for RE:4 at the shooting booth prepared by Tokyo Marui.
The weapon of choice for this experience is the “USP” gun, which serves as the model for Leon S. Kennedy’s “SG-09 R” gun in the game and it is also an airsoft gas blowback pistol made by Tokyo Marui of the same name. Visitors will have the opportunity to attach a tracer unit and aim at Mato with a BB bullet that illuminates mid-flight. However, there are certain restrictions in place. Only individuals who are 18 years or older and can provide valid ID (driver’s license, insurance card, etc.) will be allowed to participate in the game. Furthermore, children will not be permitted entry into the venue.
As a token of appreciation, those who visit the range and try out the SGR-09 R gas blowback pistol will receive a novelty clear file. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience for all fans of the series.
In 2022, the Tokyo Game Show made a triumphant return to the physical realm at Makuhari Messe after two years of virtual events. This marked the first time in three years that visitors could attend in person. However, the lingering effects of the new coronavirus pandemic necessitated certain restrictions. These included limitations on venue size, visitor numbers and age, and new visa rules for foreign attendees.
Despite these constraints, the event was a resounding success. Exhibitors and game enthusiasts who had eagerly awaited the return of the physical show filled the venue. The high praise from both exhibitors and visitors underscored the importance and demand for in-person events, regardless of the circumstances. For the first time in four years, the entire Makuhari Messe was utilized for the event.
The 2023 exhibition is scheduled to run from Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24. It will include both Business Day and Public Day. While some preventative measures will remain in place, there will be a significant relaxation in the number of people allowed in the exhibition hall. Rules for exhibitor booths will also be revised.
In a notable change for 2023, age restrictions will be lifted, allowing children under 12 years old to attend. Family-friendly exhibition areas will be reintroduced, and a new corner will be established. For the first time in four years, Makuhari Messe will once again host a cosplay area. The expansion of on-site experiences aims to offer visitors even more value than last year’s event.
Online content will continue to be a significant component of the event, with official programs, TGS VR, and a special Steam page among the offerings. Business Day’s TGS Forum and Business Meeting areas will also be available online. As gaming technology continues to permeate industries beyond entertainment, the organisers believe that we are on the cusp of an era where gaming ecosystems lead global innovation. The Tokyo Game Show 2023 aims to be a hub where all global games converge.