Even though it was not the only company to have sat this year (Activision too), there was no absence at E3 2019 as important as Sony's. In the absence of a PlayStation press conference or exhibition stand, it was a different type of show. Many would say it was worse without them, and among those who say as much as the head of the Xbox, Phil Spencer, who says that the E3 is just not the same without Sony and Activision, and he wishes that they come back in the future.
Appearing on GameSpot's partner site, Giant Bomb at E3, Spencer spoke of E3's consistent suitability and suggested that the series' profile be hurt by the fact that Sony and Activision did not are not present. "I would like Sony to be here," Spencer said. "The E3 is not as good when they are not there," Spencer said of Sony's withdrawal and Activision's grand annual gaming show.
E3 remains relevant and important to the gaming world, Spencer said. It is a time of year when the whole world is watching games, and it is very important today, when the industry is under the stress of criticism and the judgment. According to Spencer, one of the recent threats is the designation by the World Health Organization of gambling disorder as a recognized disease.
He said that E3 is an important time of year to show the world that the game is not just for children in the basement. And without the behemoths like Sony and Activision, E3 could win, in terms of notoriety, said Spencer.
Spencer is part of the board of the Entertainment Software Association, the group that runs E3 every year. He seems to have every interest in seeing the show continue and develop. Other board members include Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, the parent company of Grand Theft Auto, and Robert Altman, CEO of Bethesda, owner of Bethesda.
The dates of the E3 2020 have already been confirmed, reaffirming that the issue of this year will not be the last. But it remains to be seen where things are going now as companies increasingly choose to organize their own events.
Explaining why he did not come to E3 this year, Sony said he wants to "innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight players." In advance of the show, he shared the first details about his next generation PlayStation 5. He also introduced Death Stranding, revealing both an extended trailer and its release date. But beyond that, we do not know when we will get details on other great games for PS4, such as The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima.
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