Variety is reporting that Sony Interactive Entertainment has today announced that it won’t be hosting its annual press conference or showing up at all (in the form of a stand at the show) in 2019.
The news was announced inside the Entertainment Software Association’s announcement of the 2019 E3 show.
This is the first time in the 24 year history of E3 that PlayStation won’t be at the event in any capacity. It’s extremely interesting that Sony has cancelled the event this far out, but this again, it’s probably good that they’re being transparent before fans can buy tickets.
Earlier this year, Sony’s Shawn Layden pulled the pin on the PlayStation Experience event, citing a lack of game reveals that would warrant bringing fans together at an event.
Obviously, it’s hard not to speculate why Sony wouldn’t be at E3, with major games like The Last Of Us 2, Death Stranding and Ghosts of Tsushima all set to launch after E3 next year. Could it be that Sony is set to have an event earlier next year, or perhaps bring PlayStation Experience forward to June (similar to EA’s event that takes place at he same time as E3).