Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Sony PlayStation Will Skip E3 in 2019

Sony PlayStation Will Skip E3 in 2019

PlayStation senior vice president of communications Jennifer Clark answered, "we will not activate or hold a press conference around E3". "The ESA continues to expand the event's reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what's ahead at E3 2019". The company has been a staple of the long-running video games convention but has dropped out of next year's edition citing "new and familiar ways to engage" its fans in 2019. Obvious signs point to their own press conference elsewhere in the year, perhaps with some new hardware. "We wouldn't have enough to bring people together in some location in North America to have that event", Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman Shawn Layden said at the time.

With Sony's departure from E3 and Nintendo's continuation of their Direct format, Microsoft is the only console manufacturer now attending the huge gaming convention.

It may be a case of resetting sky-high fan expectations, which peak at E3 as new projects - often years away from becoming reality - receive momentary hype that simply can't be fulfilled by the time the next E3 has rolled around. Nintendo has attended recent events however, so there's hope that PlayStation will do the same in the future. Yet, on the console's five year anniversary, PlayStation is withdrawing from E3 2019. Why? The ready availability of broadband internet and advent of streaming platforms like Twitch means that publishers aren't almost as reliant on live annual showcases like E3. Skipping PlayStation Experience 2018, refusing to allow cross-play between consoles for years before their hand was forced, and even allowing players to take part in a test for name changes which have a risk of deleting game progress, in-game purchases and more.

The three-day event usually sees gaming giants including Sony and Microsoft showcase their newest, shiniest products.

E3 2019 is set to run from June 11 through June 13, 2019. There are plenty of third party developers working on PlayStation games like Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima. Despite the unfortunate news, we're sure that the company has something up their tricky sleeves for us next year.

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