Sony Won't Be Attending E3 2019

Doris Richards
November 18, 2018

If Sony is skipping E3 you can bet that they won't be announcing a PS5 before June 2019 either, as it would be unusual for the company to have such a big reveal and then skip the event entirely.

The company has traditionally held a major PlayStation press conference on the Monday before the event, and has occupied acres of space in the LA Convention centre, where the show takes place every June. As to when and where else fans can hear more from the brand, Sony says "We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can't wait to share our plans with you".

Word that Sony would skip E3, the video game industry's biggest trade show, in 2019 caught gamers and insiders off guard Thursday afternoon. Still, many will also likely miss Sony's presence at the prestigious gaming event, as many were likely to see something related to the PlayStation 5, the Final Fantasy 7 remake (if not learned sooner), Death Stranding, or more.

With the company celebrating it's 25th anniversary, we wouldn't rule out some sort of big celebratory bash in the year, or even the biggest PSX showcase we've seen so far. "We wouldn't have enough. we don't want to set expectations really high and then not deliver", Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden said of the PlayStation Experience in September. Speculation that Sony would be absent arose, as reported by Variety when an ESA press release about E3 2019 conspicuously failed to mention Sony.

What the means for E3 is unclear at this point.

It's an interesting move when you consider the reasons given for the PSX cancellation - that there was nothing new to report on the games in progress and nothing new to announce.

And, with estimates suggesting that Sony won't be taking the covers off that until 2020, a big E3 event without it might seem anti-climactic. There is also the distinct possibility that Sony is nearing the transitional phase between the twilight years of the PS4 and the launch of the PS5, in which case numerous first-party developers have likely shifted their attention to development of next-gen titles. Be sure to let us know down below in the comments.

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