Sony has announced it will not have a presence at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the first time it will not be at the world’s biggest videogames show.
The news was first broken by an announcement by the Entertainment Software Association, which organises and runs E3, who didn’t include Sony on the press release announcing the event. Sony then confirmed the move in the following (rather bland) statement given to GameInformer:
“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.”
What that actually means is anyone’s guess, especially given that Sony has also announced it’s not going to hold its own Playstation Experience show this year.
Of course, it’s possible that Sony simply doesn’t have enough new stuff to show off at next year’s E3. Its presentation at this year’s E3 essentially revolved around four games, Spider-Man, Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima. Of those, only Spider-Man has been released, with everything else expected to arrive in 2019 or later.
There are also suggestions that the move strongly suggests the PS5 will arrive in 2020, adding further momentum to a train that’s been gathering steam for a while now.
Whatever the reasoning, Sony’s absence is a massive blow to E3, with Sony’s presence both playing a huge role in terms of attracting attention to the event and also taking up a significant chunk of the show floor.
E3 2019 will be held from June 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.