For many years, E3 has been probably the most notable showcase of upcoming video games to followers and members of the business, however the previous few years have seen the present’s relevancy more and more known as into query. Final 12 months, Sony selected to skip E3 in favour of showcasing upcoming PlayStation titles elsewhere, and the writer has confirmed that it’ll not return for 2020.
“After thorough analysis SIE has determined to not take part in E3 2020,” a Sony Interactive Leisure spokesperson tells GamesIndustry.biz. “We’ve got nice respect for the ESA as a company, however we don’t really feel the imaginative and prescient of E3 2020 is the proper venue for what we’re targeted on this 12 months. We are going to construct upon our world occasions technique in 2020 by taking part in lots of of client occasions throughout the globe.”
After the writer’s no-show final 12 months, this transfer isn’t altogether stunning – although some questioned if the approaching launch of PlayStation 5 may immediate Sony to return to the E3 stage in an effort to showcase the brand new console.
Whereas we right here at PCGamesN most likely wouldn’t have given a lot protection to these massive console exclusives anyway, Sony’s reluctance to look has actually intensified the E3 doomsaying which has been round for years. Microsoft is predicted to stay at E3, so it appears like Xbox would be the massive console anchoring the present as soon as once more.
There’s nonetheless prone to be a load of E3 2020 games to take a look at, however don’t be stunned if the present feels rather less ‘can’t-miss’ this go ‘spherical.