A month and a half after
“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” the company told Game Informer in a statement. “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.”
Usually the big showdown at past E3 events has been Sony versus Microsoft with gamers eagerly watching both keynotes to find out what each company is bringing to the game, so to speak, with regards to their consoles and games.
When asked to elaborate further, Sony confirmed that it would “not activate or hold a press conference around E3.” With Sony’s withdrawal from E3, Microsoft with their Xbox keynote will be the only one of the big three left as Nintendo has previously changed their E3 press conference to a video presentation.
In further statements, both Microsoft and Nintendo committed to E3 2019.
Source: Game Informer Source: Variety
“E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe,” Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO, said in a prepared statement. “Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people’s faces.”
Phil Spencer, executive vice president of gaming at Microsoft, said, “E3 is an incredible platform to showcase the vibrancy and creativity of the video game industry. The ESA continues to expand the event’s reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what’s ahead at E3 2019.”