SONY has confirmed it’s not going to have a presence at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo–the biggest video games event of the year better known as E3.
It is the first time in the show’s 24-year history that the PlayStation maker won’t be making a big splash at the show.
Sony’s games division, Sony Interactive Entertainment, used E3 as their platform to show off the PS3 for the first time in 2005 and the PS4 in 2013.
Indications from Sony had suggested that was overly optimistic, with the “next phase” for the firm not pencilled in to start until 2021.
When the firm canceled its PlayStation Experience event this Autumn due to not having enough new to show, many suggested that was a sign the PS5 reveal was imminent and the reason Sony is reticent to show off new projects, given doing so would mean they had to show off the console they’d be running on as well.
“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” according to a statement the firm provided to Variety.
“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.”
While Sony revealed the PS4 at E3 in 2013, they actually announced it and showed off the first games for it several months beforehand at a separate event.
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Some gamers are hoping that the firm skipping E3 is an indication they have something similar planned this time around — but the total lack of presence at or around E3 suggests they really do have nothing new to show off for summer 2019.
Three of the games it showed off as part of its stripped down showcase in Los Angeles for this year’s E3 — The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding–still don’t have firm release dates, but are expected to arrive some time next year.
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