It has just been announced that Sony will not have a presence at E3 2019. The gaming giant won’t host its annual press conference next year, leaving a huge gap in what viewers of the famously exciting event have come to expect. To clarify, there won’t even be an off-site event similar to what EA does which is E3 adjacent. Interestingly enough, Sony also skipped out on the PlayStation Experience earlier this year, explaining that they didn’t have the titles to show off to justify the event.
We can assume that E3 next year will be a similar situation since in 2018 the PlayStation press conference focused on only four titles, which are all assumed to be released in the latter half of next year. Could this be a sign that there just aren’t enough titles and surprises to satisfy fans and what they’ve come to expect from PlayStation when they present at E3?
In an interview with Gameinformer, it was revealed that Sony was withdrawing from E3 2019 with the following 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.”
What we do know is recently Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed talks on next-generation hardware, and Square Enix is working on a AAA title for the PlayStation 5 (or whatever the new hardware may be called).
Is Sony focusing on a way to interact with fans and bypass E3 completely in the future? Are we just seeing a slow cycle for a dying console as developers look toward what next-gen hardware could be? What will the future of E3 hold? Let us know what you think and keep checking @WTFGamersOnly for more news.