Shawn Layden, studio head of Sony’s Gaming Division, has talked about their absence at E3 2019 recently but if you were wondering if Sony PlayStation will make a return, he hinted that they can be back next year.
In an interview with GameInformer, Layden was quite open to talking about their business and decision on skipping E3 2019. He gave the same reason for skipping E3 that was covered in an earlier interview but ended it with a note saying that they might make a return next year.
Either your show is optimized around the consumer experience, à la Tokyo Game Show, à la Gamescom, or you’re a trade experience like CES or the Motor Show, or E3. The Motor Show I understand because cars are heavy and getting them all together in one place is a massive undertaking, but we’re gaming. We live in the ether. We’re digital. We’re everywhere at once. So what is the role of an event that occurs at, frankly, an arbitrary date in June? How does that work for all the stories you want to tell? This year, coming to 2019, I’ll be honest – we just didn’t have a new story to tell. And when Sony rings the bell for everyone to come ‘round, they have an expectation for something that is completely new and amazing. We looked at the lineup and we can probably only give fans a lot of updates on things they already know, so how does this work for us?
So rather than raising fans’ expectations for them to think, “Oh what’s Sony going to be saying at E3?” We decided we would step away.
If we jump from the trade show thing to the consumer show… I do think the bridge will appear. We did PSX, we didn’t know what that was going to be like. We did it for the 25th anniversary of PlayStation, but we got lucky. If you build it, they will come. That’s the conversation we’re having in real time right now with the ESA. Just because PlayStation is not at E3 2019 doesn’t mean we won’t be there in 2020.
So there you have it. Layden himself has confirmed that Sony is not going to drop E3 and the reason why they decided to skip it is that they thought they didn’t have enough content to show this year.
Sony has already revealed all of the major upcoming games for the PS4. The star-studded lineup includes Dream by Media Molecule, Ghost of Tsushima by Sucker Punch, Death Stranding by Kojima Production, Days Gone by Bend Studio and The Last of Us Part 2 by Naughty Dog.