For the second year in a row, Sony will be skipping out on gaming's biggest annual event E3, instead prioritising their own events.
This will likely come as a surprise for a lot of people, with E3 seeming like the perfect place to promote the upcoming PlayStation 5.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, a Sony Interactive Spokesperson had this to say; “After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.”
The Spokesperson continues; “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 favorite 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.”
The mention of consumer events in particular is noteworthy. There was no reason to assume that Sony wouldn’t continue with the State of Play video presentations every few months, but could these consumer events be a revival and expansion of the once-annual PlayStation Experience?
Currently it seems like console competitors Microsoft and Nintendo will still be attending the event, so there will still be plenty of exciting announcements and updates for gamers during E3 2020.