Sony may not attend E3 2020 for a second year running according to industry analyst Michael Pacter.
E3 is the world's premier event in the gaming industry and speaking with VGC, the analyst suggested Sony will be absent despite the fact the PS5 will be released at the end of the year.
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“As far as I know, they don’t plan to attend,” says Pachter. “I think that’s a huge mistake, as their ‘focus on the consumer’ is not inconsistent with their attendance at the premier industry trade show. I hope they change their minds, but am sceptical.”
Sony left a big hole when it didn’t attend last year's E3. The Playstation 4 has been the dominant console of this generation, with strong sales numbers accompanied by a string of successful exclusive title releases, so having a titan such as Sony absent was a serious blow to the event.
Last year, Sony gave a statement to Polygon, “As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” said the tech giant. “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 were asked if they were going to follow Electronic Arts and offer their own alternative E3 experience off-site to which they replied, “We will not be programming around E3”.
The new PS5 logo as revealed at CES in Las Vegas
Despite this announcement, Sony kicked off the New Year with a bang when they revealed the new PS5 logo at CES in Las Vegas. Reading this, you’re probably thinking they haven’t completely ruled out attending events and trade shows which is a fair assessment but for now, it could very well be a possibility Sony won’t be attending E3.
This also make the PS5 leaks that we posted recently even more solid!
Written byOllie East@EastOllie