PlayStation is officially skipping E3 2019. This marks the first time in the 24-year history of E3 that the gaming giant will not be at the show and it is kind of a big deal.
The news first broke when the ESA (the organization that handles E3) sent out a press release with only Nintendo and Xbox on it. Rumours started to spread but Sony confirmed the news in a release sent to Game Informer;
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.”
E3 is not the first event Sony has ditched as they recently cancelled their annual PlayStation Experience event that usually takes place in December every year. According to Shawn Layden, there was just not enough to show off this year to bring together a PlayStation Experience event.
Back to E3 2019, Sony skipping the event could be a sign that they are beginning to reach the end of the PS4 library of exclusives. Sony had a large focus on their first-party titles at E3 2018 and with most of them being released or close to release by E3 2019, they may have nothing new or ready to show off. Sony may also just shock us with an early-2019 event as they did when they announced the PS4.
As someone who attends E3, not having Sony there is kind of a dealbreaker. Would the event be worth flying out to LA to attend if Microsoft and Nintendo don’t have their best lineup at the show? Who knows what the future holds. By the look of things, next-gen may not arrive in 2019 after all. Sony would be at E3 2019 if that was the case.