Sony has attended E3 for the past 23 years but for the first time will skip out next year, something that is bound to be a huge hit to E3 itself.
E3 is one of the biggest video game events in the world where game studious and companies show off their upcoming titles and make announcements about upcoming products. This year, Sony showcased The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima. Here is what Sony had to say as to why they won’t be at E3 this year.
“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” said Sony in a statement. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”
This is another big blow to E3 as over the past couple of years, more and more companies have dropped out in favour of having their own show. EA tends to hold their own show a few days prior to E3, Nintendo has leaned towards doing pre-recorded videos, Microsoft had their own event at a location a few minutes away from where E3 is held and now Sony is also skipping out. Sony is also one of the biggest in terms of occupying space in the hall with their various booths.
Sony also chose not to hold PlayStation Experience this year, an event that they’ve held every December since 2014. The biggest rumour as to why Sony is doing this because of the PlayStation 5. Sony is taking their time and will focus on the PlayStation 5 and according to many will release it in 2020, which means an announcement could be coming next year. 2020 is also the PlayStation brand’s 25th anniversary(The PS1 released in December 1994 in Japan and September 1995 in NA) which means that we could see an announcement at PlayStation Experience next year or in February 2020 which mirrors their reveal for the PS4 back in February of 2013.
The PlayStation 4 is 5 years old this year so an announcement in Feb 2020 would also mean that when the PlayStation 5 releases, sometime later that year, the PlayStation 4 would be 7 years old, which is the same gap between the release of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. What do you make of all this? Let us know down below.
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