Here’s why Sony is backing out of E3 this year; it has its own Nintendo Direct-style series to replace it.
The PlayStation maker will host the first ‘State of Play’ event on March 25th at 2pm PT/9pm GMT. The show promises to showcase new PS4 and PSVR games. That includes “new trailers, new game announcements and new gameplay footage.” It’ll be aired on Twitch, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, with a video on demand version following on.
You can watch it on YouTube here at 2PM PT:
We’re hardly surprised to see Sony follow in Nintendo’s footsteps. Late last year the company confirmed it would not be attending E3 in June 2019. That means its traditional press conference isn’t happening either. Last year Sony chose a show where it made fewer announcements and instead spotlighted a slate of already-announced games.
There is speculation that, with this generation of consoles reaching its sixth year, Sony is simply running out of big announcements to make for PS4 games. With Days Gone, The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding, Dreams, Concrete Genie and Ghost of Tsushima all on the way, the company has plenty left for the console’s swan song. These smaller, more direct (sorry) videos, might make more sense than a giant press conference.
As for PSVR, we can only speculate as to what might be announced at the show. We’re still waiting for news on Blood and Truth’s release date. We also know that a new Sony-owned UK studio has been toying away at a big PSVR exclusive for some time now. Perhaps it’s finally time we saw that.