If you’re planning on attending E3 next year, you’re going to notice something is missing. That something is Sony and the PlayStation brand after the Japanese company announced that PlayStation would not be part of thee vent for the first time in the 24-year history of E3.
In a statement that was made available to Game Informer, Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed the decision, saying that it will share plans on its own events for 2019.
“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.”
This isn’t the first time that a major player has declined to attend E3. Nintendo did something similar back in 2013, deciding to hold online press conferences instead. Nintendo has attended recent events however, so there’s hope that PlayStation will do the same in the future.
What the means for E3 is unclear at this point. While not necessarily on par with this situation, when Apple decided it was no longer going to attend Macworld conferences that ultimately signaled the death knell for an event that had run for a long, long time.
While this is unlikely to kill E3, Sony’s decision to skip the event is a bigger issue for event organizers than Nintendo’s I’ve years ago. Sony is believed to be working on a successor for the PS4 with a release penciled in for either 2019 or 2020.