Sony to Attend More Game Conferences in 2019

By | 22/07/2019
Sony to Attend More Game Conferences in 2019

 

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Putting an end to their apparent run of noticeable absence from major exhibitions, Sony Interactive Entertainment is to attend more game conferences in 2019.


Being absent from all publicly held press conferences and exhibitions since E3 in June last year, Sony is set to return to public view at some upcoming gaming conferences for the rest of the year.

This is great news for PlayStation fans and gamers alike as not only did Sony not attend E3 this year, they also canceled their own scheduled event, which left some gamers and journalists dumbfounded and raised some serious questions about the PlayStation brand.

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All of their absences have of course set the web on fire with some wild speculation and rumor, with some people even falsely believing that the PlayStation brand may be coming to an end. How absurd?

One possible and plausible explanation for Sony foregoing most of the events for the past year and a half is that they are gearing up for the massive campaign for PlayStation 5, and given that they have been releasing small amounts of information, this is likely to be the case.

The official statement given to the public was that the company and brand were looking for “New ways to engage…“.

Probably the vaguest statement by an executive which couldn’t be any vaguer if he lived in Vague Town and ate vague cereal for breakfast.

However, it seems like they have gotten over their engagement issue and they may be looking to spread some PlayStation joy as official documents from upcoming events list Sony as guests.

Sony is scheduled for a two-hour press conference at the upcoming ChinaJoy Exhibition which is set to take place in Shanghai on 1st August to 2nd August.

They are also set to appear for Gamescom 2019 and the Tokyo Games Show, both of which are scheduled for 20th to 24th August and 12th to 15th September respectively.

What’s interesting is that all of their upcoming conferences are set for two hours each. This may indicate that they are going to demonstrate the same content at each event, probably in different languages, as it seems highly unlikely that Sony has six hours worth of exclusive content to show.

What exactly that content will be is anyone’s guess but fans will be eagerly awaiting news of PlayStation 4 exclusives such as The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima.

Both of these titles have been dangling the proverbial carrot on the stick in front of PS4 gamers for a while now, with no official release dates given. The recent Ghost of Tsushima release date was revealed to be a hoax.

The Last of Us 2 is the sequel to Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, a 2013 survival horror game which is known for its excellent story, acting, and score, making it one of the most immersive video games ever made.

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Ghost of Tsushima is an upcoming open-world, action-adventure and stealth-based epic set in Japan and follows the story of a wandering samurai during the Mongol invasion of 1274.

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All of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s conferences will be available as a live stream during each event, and will most likely be available on SIE’s official PlayStation YouTube channel to watch at a later date.


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6 thoughts on “Sony to Attend More Game Conferences in 2019

  1. Kendra

    Do you think they will use celebrities to unveil their new games/platform?

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    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Kendra.

      I feel that you are referring to Keanu Reeves’ surprise release date announcement for Cyberpunk 2077 at Microsoft’s E3 conference.

      He is breathtaking, isn’t he?

      Jokes aside, using celebrities to announce or unveil a game or brand isn’t really Sony’s style, Microsoft has historically done this, however.

      From what I have seen over the past 20 years is that what Sony does do, is give you the facts straight with an entertaining yet more professional presentation.

      So, I would be very surprised if Sony follows Microsoft’s pattern.

      Great question.

      Thanks,
      Michael.

      Reply
  2. Alan

    I didn’t know about this, honestly I’ve been apart from videogame news for a few months and I find this article very useful. I’d like to see what Sony is going to show us, since they haven’t give anything at E3 hum… anyway, I’ll stay tuned for upcoming news and looking forward to that two events coming!

    Reply
    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Alan.

      Sony has been extremely quiet this year, and for me, this means only one thing; they have something up their sleeve.

      I predict they will be presenting something special, possibly some great new exclusives, or possibly even PlayStation 5, but that’s a stretch.

      While they are scheduled for 3 upcoming events for the rest of the year, they are in separately speaking countries, so I wouldn’t expect the presentations to be much different across the shows.

      Thanks for commenting,
      Michael.

      Reply
  3. Dovey

    I am excited to hear that Sony is finally coming out of hiding. I am an avid PS fan, as it is the only gaming system in the house. The knowledge that they were not attending game conventions had me worried.

    I can not wait until the release of The Last of Us 2. I found ‘The Last of Us’ to be thoroughly engrossing. I have played through twice now. I plan to buy the squeal on release. It has been a long wait since the announcement in 2016.

    Thank you for sharing the news about Sony. I am going to check out some of your other content now.

    Reply
    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Dovey, thanks for commenting.

      A lot of people found it strange that they would not attend E3, the best games show around. Even stranger that they canceled their own conference. This did have people a little concerned.

      I suspect that there was some kind of internal re-shuffle, or maybe even foregoing some shows while they put together a better presentation with some new exclusive announcements.

      However, a certain trend is starting to appear and that is not all developers are attending E3 now. Instead what they are doing is holding their own conferences during E3 at other venues.

      This could mean a decline for E3 as we know it. However, it is still the best games show.

      Thanks for commenting,
      Michael.

      Reply

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