Sony surprised the gaming community today with the reveal that PlayStation will not be present at E3 2019, which will be held June 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It will mark the first time that Sony has not had a presence at the show since it began in May of 1995.
The press took notice when Sony was left off of a list of confirmed video game companies in a press release announcing the start of planning for E3 2019. The companies that were on there are Microsoft/Xbox, Nintendo of America, Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Capcom, Epic Games, Konami Digital Entertainment, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive Software, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Game Informer received a statement from Sony about why the company is skipping next year. “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.”
Asked if Sony might push its event off-site, like how Electronic Arts does their presentations, the company elaborated by saying, “We will not activate or hold a press conference around E3.”
This comes after the news back in September that Sony will also not be holding a PlayStation Experience event this year. PlayStation Experience has been taking place every year since 2014.
It makes one think that this is all leading up to an event that Sony PlayStation will host itself in order to announce the PlayStation 5 in the biggest way they can, but we will have to wait and see.
Both Nintendo and Microsoft had nothing but praise for E3 in quotes from the press release.
“E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO. “Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people’s faces.”
“E3 is an incredible platform to showcase the vibrancy and creativity of the video game industry. The ESA continues to expand the event’s reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what’s ahead at E3 2019,” commented Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft.