Ever since 2014, Sony has been holding an annual convention in December to celebrate the PlayStation brand and make announcements about upcoming games. The event has proven quite popular since its inception, and Sony has used it to show off trailers for highly anticipated games like
The Last Guardian and Horizon Zero Dawn.
With the end of the year quickly approaching and no news of PlayStation Experience on the horizon, fans have been wondering if Sony still intends to hold it this year. Speaking with the PlayStation Blogcast, SIE Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden officially confirmed that Sony has opted to skip it this year.
“For 2018, I know this is going to be a disappointment to some people, but we decided to not hold PlayStation Experience this year. We won’t have it in the States this year. The reasons behind that really are we don’t have…we have a lot of progress that we’re making on our games…Now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we’re looking down into 2019 games like Dreams and Days Gone.
“But we wouldn’t have enough to bring people all together in some location North America to have that event. We don’t want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on that. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience.”
— Shawn Layden
It sounds like the PlayStation titles in development currently are not at a stage where Sony feels comfortable giving them center stage at a convention. Their E3 conference was met with a fair share of criticism back in June, so it’s possible they’re trying to avoid similar bad press by waiting until they have more to show.