Update: ESA (‘Entertainment Software Association’, in Spanish Entertainment Software Association) stated the following to TechRadar, confirming that Sony will not be attending E3 2021:
“While Sony does not plan to participate in E3, as has happened previously, we continue to focus on offering the reinvented showcase and A leader in video game news, announcements, reveals, networking and interactivity that has made E3 a beloved experience for decades. “
Original story: E3 2021 returns on June 12, but it looks like Sony won’t be around for the second year in a row.
The event will be online only, June 12-15, and promises that developers will “unveil their latest news and games directly to fans around the world” and, despite initial speculation, E3 will be “available to everyone. free of charge “.
Xbox, Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros, and Koch Media have been confirmed to appear at E3 this year; however, Sony is conspicuously absent from ESA’s list of initial commitments, along with EA, Activision, Blizzard, Sega, Bandai Namco, and Square Enix.
While neither Sony nor the ESA have officially ruled out Sony’s attendance at the event, the company’s absence from the list of attendees suggests that it will not appear for E3 2021. Also, this is not the first time Sony has resigned from E3, as it also opted out of last year’s event in favor of its own State of Play and PS5 Event events, which attempted to mimic the successful presentation style of Nintendo Direct. Sony also missed E3 2019.
Although Sony is very likely not to attend, there is impressive support for E3 2021, although many speculated that this online event would be largely ignored by the largest companies in the industry. Having Xbox and Nintendo present is a blessing for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) whose event, seen by many as “the Christmas of game commercials,” has had to shrink in recent years.
In a press release, ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said: “For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while bringing the world together. through gaming. We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but still looking to excite fans with important news and insider opportunities that make this event an indispensable spotlight for gamers. “
So what does Sony’s more than likely absence at E3 mean for PS5? Well, we will still see new PS5 games from other publishers at the show, such as Ubisoft and Capcom, but it also means that the first-hand exclusives that so many PlayStation fans crave information about will not be present.
Sony may host its own E3-style event, where you can control the messaging, format, and cadence of the news without the kind of investment required to be present at E3. However, you could also choose not to share anything at this point like you did last year, giving Microsoft and Nintendo an almost unrivaled week of attention for the Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch announcements.
We have seen that various publishers, including EA and Square Enix, have chosen to host their own custom events. Again, we wouldn’t be surprised if these publishers still have plans to offer a smorgasbord of game news during June, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the end.
It’s a shame that Sony isn’t going to be present at E3, as it has always been a celebration of major announcements and exclusive reveals, and since the owner of the platform is not directly involved, it slightly dilutes the sense of occasion. The only thing left for us is to speculate when Sony might reveal more information about its upcoming games like God of War: Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon: Forbidden West.
TechRadar has contacted Sony and ESA for comment.