3 Reasons Why Sony Won't Be At E3 2022
Sony gave the shocking news that they would not be appearing at E3 2022 next year. For the first time in 24 years, Sony and PlayStation won’t show off.
This news was conveyed by Sony to Game Informer when PS4’s 5th Anniversary Celebration.
For those of you who don’t know, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is an annual trade show for the video game industry organized by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
The event is used by publisher games to introduce and release upcoming games.
Unlike Gamescom and other events that are open to the public, E3 is an industry-only event so those wishing to attend are required by the ESA to verify their professional connections.
E3 2022 previously featured lineup which are quite capable, starting from Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Bethesda, Devolver Digital, Square Enix, Ubisoft, PC Gaming Show, Sony, and Nintendo.
Then, how big is the impact of the absence of Sony and PlayStation next year and what are the reasons?
1. Sony is running out of ammo for new (exclusive?) game titles
This is the most plausible reason, Sony really has run out of new game titles to show especially titles exclusive.
Several games will be released on PS4 (no exact date yet) such as Dragon Star Varnir, Shenmue III, Arc of Alchemist, Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation, Dreams, The Last of Us Part 2, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot.
Title exclusive There are Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, Blood & Truth, Concrete Genie, Erica, MediEvil, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Firewall: Zero Hour, and Death Stranding.
This means, this game may not necessarily be playable in 2022, especially the title exclusive. Sony doesn’t want to just come to E3 2022 and then just give updates “Here’s a list of games you can play that don’t know the date.”
This is the problem Sony has always had at E3. For some reason Sony always can’t give the best PlayStation performances at the E3 event every year.
If you read the many full E3 2022 reviews, many agree that Sony didn’t bite too much in 2022. Let’s look at the facts, at E3 2022, Microsoft featured 50 game titles consisting of 18 exclusive and 15 premiere. Meanwhile, Sony only displays 13 game titles with 4 exclusive.
In terms of quality, game exclusive Sony’s is recognized as superior to Microsoft. But not marketing when it appeared at E3.
Sony itself also canceled the event PlayStation Experience last December which usually featured a row upcoming games.
“The reasons behind that really are, we don’t have — we have a lot of progress that we’re making in our games, and we’re seeing that coming out, [but] now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we’re looking down into 2022 games like Dreams and Days Gone”. But we wouldn’t have enough to bring people all together in some location in North America to have that event. We don’t want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on it. It was a hard decision. -Shawn Layden as Chairman of Worldwide Studios of Sony Interactive Entertainment
Obviously, Sony doesn’t want to have high expectations for its audience regarding the lineup of games exclusive those who themselves do not know when the release date will be.
2. Sony intends to focus on developing its own event
Apart from Sony, several major publisher also been absent (some are even permanent) from E3 events such as EA, Activision Blizzard, and Disney.
If it is related to the first reason, Sony’s failure at the E3 event seems to be a whip for them to give the best for their fans in the future and it seems they intend to hold their own event.
It could be that their PlayStation Experience event will be completely overhauled and maximized as a single event so that all information about the upcoming games and others only in this event.
“Exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2022. As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community. PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2022. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2022 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.” -ESA to Game Informer
That is, a party to enjoy the title exclusive such as Last of Us Part 2, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and Days Gone had to be postponed in the near future.
3. Sony will make a comeback with “PS5”
Regardless, there’s no doubt that Sony’s PlayStation is console platforms biggest and most favorite by gamers. It is proven that in 2022 alone, sales have reached more than 80 million units.
And what if Sony wanted to ditch the PS4 in 2022 or 2022 and move on to the next generation? Stopping here means that Sony wants to introduce a new PlayStation family, namely the PS5.
Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida himself said “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”. Sony is really working on PS4 successor.
Sony itself has just patented latest technology which is said to be a feature backward compatibility to support playing PS1-PS4 games on PS5. A feature that was forgotten on the PS4 and already exists on its competitor, the Xbox One.
I’m sure, Sony will really do comeback with PS5 that can play titles exclusive such as Last of Us Part 2, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and Days Gone with a definite release date.
Those are some of the reasons why Sony will not be present at the upcoming E3 2022 event. What do you think?