In a shocking bit of news, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that Sony PlayStation will not be attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2019.
Over more than twenty years, E3 has become the biggest event on the video game calendar and in the past decade it essentially became a dual-horse race with Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation both holding major near two-hour long press conferences where new games are shown off or often announced.
Some of the others like Bethesda and EA also hold their own events, and Nintendo does its own thing with a video presentation, but really it’s the Xbox and PlayStation ones that deliver the big reveals and generate the talk – they’re the centrepieces. Now Sony, the biggest player by far in the current generation of consoles, tells Game Informer in a statement:
“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community. 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… [Also] we will not activate or hold a press conference around E3.”
The announcement comes after Sony also declined to hold their annual fan event called PlayStation Experience this year, an event which usually takes place in the first two weeks of December. The Entertainment Software Association, which hosts E3, have been informed and plan to release a statement later today.
Last year Sony used the event to focus on four AAA titles only with “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “The Last of Us Part II,” “Death Stranding” and “Ghosts of Tsushima” all getting in-depth looks.