After Sony confirmed they would not be at E3 2020, IGN reached out to the Leisure Software program Affiliation (ESA) which runs E3 yearly for a press release relating to Sony's absence once more at its key shopper commerce present. Whereas the ESA didn't point out Sony by identify in its assertion, the group says there can be new experiences, companions, and programming at this yr's occasion.
This is the assertion in full under:
"E3 is a signature occasion celebrating the online game business and showcasing the individuals, manufacturers and improvements redefining leisure liked by billions of individuals all over the world. E3 2020 can be an thrilling, high-energy present that includes new experiences, companions, exhibitor areas, activations, and programming that may entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor curiosity in our new activations is gaining the eye of manufacturers that view E3 as a key alternative to attach with online game followers worldwide.”
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Sony has introduced that it'll as soon as once more be skipping E3. That is the second yr in a row the corporate has opted out of showing at one of many largest online game occasions of the yr. It’s additionally notably shocking given how Sony introduced a vacation 2020 launch for the PlayStation 5.
E3 2020 will probably be held on the Los Angeles Conference Middle from June 9 to June 11, however Sony won't be current on the present for the second yr in a row. In a press release to IGN, Sony stated:
“After thorough analysis SIE has determined to not take part in E3 2020. We've got nice respect for the ESA as a corporation, however we don't really feel the imaginative and prescient of E3 2020 is the best venue for what we're targeted on this yr. We'll construct upon our international occasions technique in 2020 by collaborating in tons of of shopper occasions throughout the globe. Our focus is on ensuring followers really feel a part of the PlayStation household and have entry to play their favourite content material. We have now a implausible line up of titles coming to PlayStation four, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we're really wanting ahead to a yr of celebration with our followers.”
Sony first skipped E3 in 2019
. On the time, Sony issued a press release saying, “Because the business evolves, Sony Interactive Leisure continues to search for creative alternatives to interact the group.”
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Up to now yr, Sony has opted for a extra direct strategy to partaking with followers like the State of Play live streams
. Just like the Nintendo Direct, the State of Play is a reside stream video that's revealed all year long with information and bulletins for upcoming PlayStation video games.
Sony will probably be attending different recreation exhibits this yr, together with the Taipei Recreation Present the place the corporate is holding some sort of PlayStation fan expertise. Sony used to carry a PlayStation fan conference referred to as the PlayStation Expertise however hasn't hosted a conference in North America since 2017.
E3 is among the largest online game commerce exhibits of the yr. Hosted by the ESA, E3 has lately allowed members of the general public to attend the conference. Different companies like Activision and EA have also skipped E3
, and Microsoft technically hosts an off-site presence at E3.
(by way of GamesIndustry.biz
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