Sony has confirmed that it will not exhibit at the E3 Show in 2019.
Next year’s E3, as a consequence, will be the first iteration of the show in its entire 24-year history which will not feature any Sony presence. Speculation that Sony would be absent arose, as reported by Variety when an ESA press release about E3 2019 conspicuously failed to mention Sony.
And Sony confirmed its absence from E3 2019 to Game Informer, saying: “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.”
Sony’s US spokesperson also confirmed that: “We will not activate or hold a press conference around E3″ next year. As we reported, Sony also skipped this year’s PlayStation Experience fan-event – but that will surely make a return next year given the company’s E3 no-show.
While various major games companies have moved away from E3’s show floor – EA has held an event called EA Play next door to the show for several years now, and this year, Microsoft followed suit – Sony is the first platform-holder to completely abandon the games industry’s biggest showcase.
The move will undoubtedly lead to speculation that Sony will hold a separate event in 2019 to unveil the PlayStation 5 with as much fanfare as possible. It will be fascinating to see what the company’s “New and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019,” will actually amount to – keep an eye on the PlayStation website to find out.