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Sony PlayStation to skip E3 2019

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Another publisher removes itself from the spectacle.

Sony PlayStation will skip E3 2019, the company has recently confirmed.

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” Sony told Game Informer. “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 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

Sony also confirmed it would “not activate or hold a press conference around E3.”

The news comes as E3’s organiser, the ESA, announced plans for next year’s event.

“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.”

Companies confirmed for E3 2019 include 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.

This year, Sony cancelled its annual PlayStation Experience event for 2018.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.