After deciding not to put on a PlayStation Experience this year (PSX), Sony will also not be attending E3 2019, which may come as a disappointment to some.
The news was confirmed by both the ESA (the group who effectively operate E3) and Sony themselves to Kotaku. Sony issued 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.”
As disappointing as this may be to some (as well as the fact that it curtails any PS5 rumours), it does make sense. Sony only have three big-hitters left from their E3 2016 conference still to have concrete release dates: Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and The Last of Us: Part II. With them unlikely to announce anything big before their next console, they may want to avoid just repeating the same line-up as this year.
Sony may also be trying to distance themselves a little from E3 in general. Both EA and Nintendo have separate occasions over E3 weekend, EA with the always unintentionally hilarious EA Play and Nintendo with their Treehouse and Direct shows right as the event begins to wrap up. Could this be the start of Sony doing the same and making PSX their flagship press and consumer event?
It’s unlikely. With the PlayStation brand getting its 25th birthday in the West in 2020, expect to hear big things from Sony when that year’s E3 rolls around.