Sony has opted not to stage its previously annual PlayStation Experience event in 2018.
The move was announced by Sony Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden in a podcast on the PlayStation Blog. His explanation was fair enough: with the likes of God of War and Spider-Man already on sale, Sony has already got this year’s big exclusives out of the door. Layden said: “Now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we’re looking down in 2019 to games like Dreams and Days Gone, but we wouldn’t have enough to bring people all together in some location in North America to have that event. We don’t want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on it. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience.”
2018 will be the first year since 2013 not to get a PlayStation Experience. Inevitably, given that the PlayStation 4 has been on sale since 2013 and both the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 were superseded after six years on sale, the cancellation of this year’s PlayStation Experience has led to speculation that Sony is gearing up towards revealing the PlayStation 5 next year (with already-announced games like Cyberpunk 2077 and the Elder Scrolls 6 believed to be in development for a future generation of consoles).
Currently, Sony won’t be drawn on that subject, and it surely won’t announce anything until 2019. However, as soon as it does, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, keep an eye on Sony’s website.