Sony skipped out on E3 2019, and now it looks like the company known for its censorship policies is going to make it a trend by skipping this year’s E3. Claiming that the vision planned as of now doesn’t fit E3 2020, Sony will instead attend other events.
This news comes in courtesy of gamesindustry.biz in that a Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) spokesperson came out of the woodworks to talk to the publication site.
Telling the site that after evaluation of content, Sony has decided to pull the plug on E3 2020 since the vision of the blue brand is clashing with the ESA backed event:
“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.
We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”
So in short, the rumors that you may have seen floating around the net saying that Sony is to skip this year’s E3 were not only right, but it seems that they outlined the future that we can expect from Sony and that is relying on the State of Play videos to cover “big” games like Final Fantasy VII Remake and The Last of Us: Part 2.
Contrary to Sony following in the footsteps of Nintendo’s Direct announcements, the ESA wanted to share its two-cents on Sony not participating by saying that it will focus on high-energy shows featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, and more celebrities to reach a wider audience:
“E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world. E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide.”
From here on out, it’s safe to say that Sony will continue to skip out on future E3 showings like E3 2021 and E3 2022, given that the company feels it can cultivate its “family” of followers through other events and streams like the State of Play videos.
Lastly, Sony claims that it has a “fantastic line up of titles” coming to the PS4 as well as to the PS5. Nevertheless, we’ll see how things go for the blue brand throughout the year and when holiday 2020 pops up.