For the second year in a row, Sony Interactive Entertainment is skipping E3, North America’s marquee video game expo. Instead, the PlayStation maker will focus its efforts on other public events where it will discuss the next-gen PlayStation 5 in more detail.
In a statement to Gamesindustry.biz, a spokesperson said: “After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year. We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”
The spokesperson did not address any plans for Sony to hold its own PlayStation-specific events.
Sony opted not to attend E3 2019. It did not have a booth on the E3 show floor, nor did the company host its annual pre-E3 press conference, which had in recent years become a playlist of trailers, with few on-stage appearances from PlayStation executives or game developers. At the time, Sony said it was “exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019.”
Last year, Sony launched State of Play, a video series that delivered PlayStation-focused news, a la Nintendo Direct and Inside Xbox. Polygon has contacted Sony directly for confirmation, and for more information.