Earlier this year, Sony confirmed that it would ignore E3 for the second year in a row. It came as a surprise, as E3 2020 seems like the perfect place to showcase a ton of next-generation video games to a large audience, but Sony was expected to host its own reveal event in February. Now that February is almost over, not only have we heard nothing from Sony about an event, but now the company is pulling out of all the major video game conferences due to take place this spring due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic.
Wednesday, Sony updated an article on their blog to announce that he will no longer participate in PAX East:
Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided to cancel its participation in PAX East in Boston this year due to growing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”). We thought it was the safest option, as the situation changes daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our greatest concern.
A day later, Sony announced that it would also withdraw from the Game Developers Conference (GDC). The statement that Sony provided to GamesIndustry.biz was practically identical to the one above.
It was anything but inconceivable that Sony would unveil the entire PlayStation 5 at the industry event, but there was some hope that by the time GDC rolled out, Sony would at least have more to say about its plans. for the next generation. In fact, in GDC Annual State of the Industry Survey, conducted in the weeks leading up to the event, 38% of developers said they were most interested in developing games for the PS5 versus 37% for the Switch and 25% for the Xbox Series X (although PC had won a 50% landslide).
Unfortunately for developers and fans, it looks like the chances of learning anything new on the PS5 at GDC 2020 have fallen to zero. We hope Sony has at least one video ad in the works.
This article appeared first (in English) on BGR