Sony Interactive Entertainment today announced that they will not hold a press conference or have a booth at E3 2019.
E3, the largest game industry show in North America, has taken another blow. Sony, the creator of PlayStation, has pulled out of the 2019 show. Sony has been a staple at the show for over two decades, but that ends next year.
In a statement, Sony confirmed the news and said they are looking at other ways to engage with their community. They also said they have no intention of holding their own conference during the show.
“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.”
Sony’s departure is the biggest blow to the show since EA pulled out in 2016. While Microsoft opted to host their booth at the Microsoft Theatre last year, and Nintendo releases a Nintento Direct rather than host a press conference, both maintain a presence at E3. Sensing the blow, the ESA released a list of AAA publishers currently committed to E3 2019. The two other console manufacturers, Micorosft and Nintendo, will indeed be at the show.
- Activision Blizzard
- Bethesda Softworks
- Epic Games
- Square Enix
- Take-Two Interactive
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Sony pulling out of E3 2019 comes at a time when speculation over their next console has started to run wild. Analysts anticipated that a PlayStation 5 could arrive as early as holiday 2019. Currently, we only know of a small slate of PS4 games, including Dreams, Ghosts of Tsushima, The Last of Us: Part II. Hence, What Sony’s other studios are up to is anyone’s guess. We’ll have to wait and see what kind of events Sony has planned for 2019.
E3 2019 takes place June 11-13.