Sony must have heard that us lot at Pure PlayStation are readying up to storm E3 again this year, because why else would the platform holder decide to back away for the second year in a row?
In a statement to GameIndustry.biz, Sony has confirmed that it won’t have a presence at E3 2020 in Los Angeles, much to the surprise of most.
Last year Sony decided to sit out E3 2019, and many thought it was simply because the firm didn’t have enough to show to warrant a full length presser as well as space on the show floor. A fair assessment, I think.
It was expected, then, that as the PS5 is coming out this year that Sony would want to show it off to as many people as possible, and given that E3 is still the gold standard for video game conventions, Sony would want to be front and centre.
That’s not the case, unfortunately. Here’s what Sony said to GameIndustry.biz:
“We have great respect for the ESA as an organisation, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year. We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favourite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”
It sounds like Sony wants to do it’s own shows on it’s own timetable on its own terms. Fair enough, I suppose, but I cant shake the feeling that perhaps Sony doesn’t want to be mixing with the competition, and maybe doesn’t want to be one-upped under the same roof.
Now that we know the PS5 reveal wont be at E3 2020, it could be at any time. There has been rumour of a PlayStation Meeting in February, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Maybe if we skip E3 2021, Sony will return?
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)