Overnight the ESA released a statement about E3 2019, if you can believe it, but that is not the biggest news, PlayStation have announced that they are having no presence at all at the show.
PlayStation have been these since the very first E3, so 2019 marks their first year where they won't be at the show, in its 24 year history. Not only will PlayStation not have a booth on the floor, but they will not even have a press conference, leaving Tuesday night open for now.
Nintendo and Xbox have confirmed that they will be there, with both companies releasing statements about their attendance.
“E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO. "Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people's faces."
“E3 is an incredible platform to showcase the vibrancy and creativity of the video game industry. The ESA continues to expand the event’s reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what’s ahead at E3 2019,” commented Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft.Among the leading video game companies already committed to participating in E3 2019 are: Microsoft/Xbox, Nintendo of America, Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Capcom, Epic Games, Konami Digital Entertainment, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive Software, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
With an expanded emphasis on featuring never-before-seen content and providing immersive new experiences for attendees, E3 2019 will be unlike any prior E3. In addition, this year’s E3 will include an expanded presence for burgeoning video game sectors, including esports and the independent video game development community.
“E3 2018 broke records, and we sold out of both exhibit space and attendee badges,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, interim CEO of ESA, the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry and owns and produces E3. “We are confident that, through the continued creative innovations delivered by our participating member companies, E3 2019 will deliver the same kind of excitement and energy. This year, we’re looking forward to expanding E3 beyond the walls of the LACC and connecting gamers and attendees with incredible video game content throughout the entire LA Live complex.”
Does PlayStation leaving the show make you less enthusiastic for E3 2019?