While it was not the one firm to take a seat this 12 months’s out–Activision additionally sat out–there was no absence at E3 2019 extra important than that of Sony. With no PlayStation press convention or present flooring sales space, it was a a lot totally different type of present. Many would argue it was a worse one with out them there–and amongst these saying as a lot as is Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who says E3 is simply not the same without Sony and Activision, and he needs them return sooner or later.
Appearing on GameSpot sister website Giant Bomb’s livestream at E3, Spencer spoke in regards to the ongoing relevance of E3, and he advised that the present’s profile is harm by Sony and Activision not being there. “I wish Sony was here,” Spencer stated. “E3 is not as good when they’re not here,” Spencer stated about Sony and Activision dropping out of the large annual gaming present.
E3 stays related and essential to the gaming world, Spencer stated. It’s a time within the 12 months when the entire world is watching gaming, and that is crucial right this moment when the business is coming below criticism and judgment. One latest menace, Spencer stated, was the World Health Organization’s designation of Gaming Disorder as a recognized disease.
He stated E3 is a crucial time of 12 months to point out the world that gaming isn’t just children in a basement. And with out juggernauts like Sony and Activision, E3 might take successful by way of prominence, Spencer stated.
Spencer is on the board of administrators on the Entertainment Software Association, the group that runs E3 yearly, so he seemingly has a vested curiosity in seeing the present proceed and flourish. Other board members embody Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Grand Theft Auto father or mother firm Take-Two, and Bethesda proprietor ZeniMax’s CEO Robert Altman.
E3 2020 dates have already been confirmed, reaffirming that this 12 months’s present won’t be the final. But the place issues go from there, as firms more and more choose to host their very own devoted occasions, stays to be seen.
Explaining why it didn’t come to E3 this year, Sony stated it needed to “innovate, think differently, and experiment with new ways to delight gamers.” Ahead of the present, it is shared the primary particulars about its next-generation PlayStation 5. It additionally showcased Death Stranding, revealing each an prolonged trailer and its launch date. But past that, it is unclear after we’ll subsequent get particulars about different large first-party PS4 video games, similar to The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima.
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