PlayStation not Planning to Attend E3 2019

Sony Interactive Entertainment, in speaking with Game Informer, announced that PlayStation will not be attending the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3, in 2019.

As pulled from Game Informer, Sony had this to say,

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” the company told Game Informer in a statement. “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.”

Game Informer also asked if PlayStation had any plans to hold their own off-site event, similar to how Electronic Arts and Devolver Digital have begun to do, they responded with, “We will not activate or hold a press conference around E3.”

This will certainly be quite a shock to many fans, who likely had been looking forward to seeing what kind of show the media giant may have had planned. With huge announcements like Marvel’s Spider-Man and the first showing of Horizon: Zero Dawn, PlayStation has always had ways to captivate their audience’s attention and get the hype train going. Still, even as spectacular as the experience might have been for those who were able to attend PlayStation’s E3 2018 presentation, the show itself focused on just four games, with other announcements coming to us from the side-stage, more conversational panel while the main show changed venues.

This also echoes their reasoning for not holding a PlayStation Experience Event, otherwise known as PSX, this year. PSX had, in past years, grown to be the premier place for Sony first-party big announcements, almost like a second E3 show. 2017’s PSX, however, was of a different sort, offering a more slower-paced show that didn’t entirely resonate with fans, prompting them to skip PSX for 2018.

It will be hyper interesting to see what Sony has planned for the future following this. If you have thoughts about this, please let us know in the Forums or on Twitter using #AskPSNation.

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