Sony has pulled out of next year’s E3 like a 19-year-old college student trying not to become a father too soon during wild co-ed nights at the dorm. The news has spread like wildfire in California after Sony confirmed to news outlets that they would be abandoning E3 in 2019 like a typical father in a low-income household within the less savory parts of America.
According to IGN, Sony issued the following statement, confirming that there will be no PlayStation presence at next year’s E3…
“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” Sony said in a statement to Game Informer. “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.”
IGN also posted a response from PlayStation’s senior VP of communications, Jennifer Clark, who confirmed that Sony also won’t be pulling an EA Play and hosting an off-site event outside of the E3 residence of the LA Convention Center. Clarke curtly stated…
[…] “we will not activate or hold a press conference around E3.” […] “[we are] looking at events as a whole and how we can speak more to our fans and continue to wow them.”
It doesn’t sound like Sony seems to view the PlayStation brand as a gamer-centric centerpiece within the company anymore, especially with some of their first-party titles like The Last of Us Part II supposedly not including “fun” for the depiction of violence.
Sony has also begun forcing developers to censor fan-service aimed at straight males, while also simultaneously allowing gay dating simulators like Dream Daddy on the PS4 without any form of censorship.
These kind of double-standards combined with the anti-fan service stance and the fact that Sony is pulling out of E3 doesn’t bode well for the future of the PlayStation brand being centered around catering content to actual gamers.
Some speculate this is to do with Sony’s announcement for the PlayStation 5, while others think that Sony is about ready to abandon hardcore gamers altogether.