For the first time in 24 years, Sony and PlayStation will not be hosting its annual press conference, or having any presence at all, at next year’s E3 expo.
Via an announcement by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) regarding the 2019 show, competitors Microsoft and Nintendo both confirmed their appearances at the upcoming event, while Sony confirmed to multiple sources that they will be taking a leave from the event. According to the statement released by Sony, the company said “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.”
The gaming giant, coming off one of its biggest years in terms of console sales and brand awareness from critical exclusive hits God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man, confirmed in September that the company wouldn’t be holding its annual fan experience event, PlayStation Experience, this year either. Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shawn Layden explained that due to a lack of games to show, the company didn’t want to get fans expectations too high and not be able to deliver.
Coming off of the heels of a leaked LinkedIn profile of a current Square Enix employee stating to be currently working on a “AAA PlayStation 5 title”, along with Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida providing confirmation that the successor to the PlayStation 4 family of systems was currently in development, leads many to believe this could be the next big indication to the inevitable announcement of Sony’s fifth generation of home gaming hardware. While E3 has been home to a multitude of console announcements in the past, both Sony and its competitor both announced their current generation hardware at press events of their own.
With the announcements of game streaming projects and platforms from both Google and Microsoft, as well as the normality of on-demand game subscription services, it will be interesting to see the direction Sony will make moving forward, but it looks like fans of those “sacred symbols” will have to wait a little longer than June to possibly find out.
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