After a great deal of hypothesis and right this moment’s rumors, Sony lastly confirmed that it gained’t be attending E3 2020. Whereas PlayStation should still be current as third-party exhibitors demo their video games, Sony itself won’t be exhibiting on the present, marking the second 12 months in a row that the first-party has determined to step away from E3. The corporate feels that the ESA’s imaginative and prescient for the present doesn’t align with its personal 2020 technique, as an alternative choosing shopper occasions all over the world that may convey collectively the PlayStation group.
Chatting with Gamesindustry.biz, a spokesperson for Sony Interactive Leisure mentioned:
After thorough analysis SIE has determined to not take part in E3 2020. We’ve nice respect for the ESA as a corporation, however we don’t really feel the imaginative and prescient of E3 2020 is the proper venue for what we’re targeted on this 12 months.
We’ll construct upon our world occasions technique in 2020 by taking part in a whole bunch of shopper occasions throughout the globe. Our focus is on ensuring followers really feel a part of the PlayStation household and have entry to play their favourite content material. We’ve a implausible line up of titles coming to PlayStation four, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we’re actually wanting ahead to a 12 months of celebration with our followers.
This announcement strains up with Jim Ryan’s feedback at CES 2020, saying that the PlayStation group goes to be a central focus this 12 months. We took word of these feedback as highlighting Sony’s general technique for PlayStation in 2020, and it seems that the corporate will probably be trying to achieve its followers extra instantly by means of its personal fan and group occasions.
Although the feedback don’t give an overview for what we are able to count on for the PS5 reveal, it does paint a reasonably dire image for E3. Sony is making a reasonably clear assertion that it doesn’t want the present, even throughout a 12 months when it’s constructing hype for the PlayStation 5. Then again, the ESA and E3 desperately want Sony, and the corporate stepping away from the present might be one other loss of life knell for a large trade occasion that has struggled to vary with the instances.
Sony hasn’t but expanded on these plans for “a whole bunch of shopper occasions throughout the globe,” however the Expertise PlayStation occasion happening in NYC over the following month might be simply the beginning of these, gathering gamers in a single place to rejoice 25 years of the PlayStation model because the inevitable PS5 reveal and launch approaches.