In a not so shocking announcement, Sony has opted to miss out on the major gaming event for the second year in a row. According to a statement provided to Gameindustry.biz, the company ‘has decided not to participate in E3 2020‘ after ‘thorough evaluation’.
While Sony had previously shared some information and the for the Playstation 5 at CES 2020, many fans were hoping to get the full unveil of the new console at this year’s E3. However, Sony explained that while they ‘have great respect for the ESA as an organization. they ‘do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on for this year.‘ Instead they ‘will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe.‘
Last year’s E3 celebration saw Microsoft rise to the occasion in spite of their competitor’s absence. Announcing the specs and release date of what we now know as the Xbox series X, and also showing trailers of upcoming titles like Gears of Wars 5 and Cyberpunk 2077. It’s doubtful that anyone will ever forget that ‘You’re breathtaking’ moment featuring Keanu Reeves any time soon.
Still, there was a huge gap left behind by the Playstation’s lack of presence, with head of Xbox Phil Spencer even saying ‘E3 is not as good without them’.
Sony have instead been focusing on many other things Playstation this past year, such as the brand’s 25th birthday celebration. When it came to news and announcements of games, the company had also opted to deliver the information through their own version of Nintendo Direct, which they called ‘State of Play’. They will most likely follow the same formula until the official release of the PS5 this holiday season.
Playstation will surely be missed again this year, but the spotlight remains on publishers like EA, Ubisoft and Bethesda to deliver an exciting E3. As both the PS5 and Xbox series X are just at the horizon, we hope to see some amazing announcements regarding new titles and sequels for the coming console generation.