Sony Won’t Attend E3 2019

Sony Won’t Attend E3 2019

E3 2019 may be about half a year away, but there’s already some big news about gaming’s biggest trade show. For the first time in E3’s history, Sony will not be attending, leaving a big hole in the show’s showing.

A quieter 25th show.

The Entertainment Software Association, the lobbyist group behind E3, confirmed the news along with Sony. Sony said in a statement to various publications:

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.

This will be the first time Sony skips out on E3, and they’re skipping out on the 25th E3. Back at the first E3 in 1995, Sony announced the U.S. launch date and price for the original PlayStation.

It’s a surprise to see Sony not attending E3 2019. Not only have they been there every year so far, but they aren’t holding a 2018 PlayStation Experience. It’s been an annual event every December for the last four years. On the other hand, a Sony E3 2019 show would likely revolve around three of the four games they showed last year: Death StrandingThe Last of Us 2, and Ghost of Tsushima. None of them have release dates, but they’re expected to release in the second half of 2019.

Kotaku made an interesting observation on the possibility of when Sony will unveil the PlayStation 5 based on this news:

It’s also yet another hint at the timing of Sony’s next PlayStation. Based on conversations with developers across the industry, I expect the PlayStation 5 to be released in 2020, and the publisher skipping E3 2019 certainly points to that.

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