Sony won’t be attending E3 next year. The company confirmed in a statement to Game Informer that it will be missing out on E3 2019 as it looks to find different ways of innovative ways of engaging its customer base.
“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,” the company said.
The announcement is a huge blow to PlayStation fans who have been looking forward to the upcoming games. Especially since the company cancelled its PlayStation Experience event that usually happens in December earlier this year, the decision to not attend E3 next year is certainly quite interesting. It’s possible Sony will hold another event next year, though the company said it won’t hold a press conference around the same time as E3.
As for Microsoft, who just announced a bunch of things at X0 2018 earlier this month, the company will continue to attend E3 as usual. “E3 is an incredible platform to showcase the vibrancy and creativity of the video game industry. The ESA continues to expand the event’s reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what’s ahead at E3 2019,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said.
With the next generation of gaming consoles expected to arrive in 2020, the gaming community will have their eyes locked at both Microsoft and Sony. There are a lot of things at stake here, and both the companies need to deliver on hardware as well as the content — and of course, exclusive titles.
— Xbox (@Xbox) November 15, 2018