Sony is fast becoming like that one friend we all have who always seems to cancel plans at the last minute. We’ve known since January that PlayStation won’t be appearing at this year’s E3 but it now appears that the console giant is also pulling out of PAX East, though for entirely different – and probably quite sensible – reasons. Namely, the Coronavirus.
The above update comes via the blog post that had enthusiastically told us we could expect to play The Last of Us Part 2, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and more. has now been updated with the news. Essentially, Sony is pulling out of the popular gaming convention because of concerns over the Coronavirus, stating that the health and safety of its global workforce is its “highest concern”. You can read the update in full, below:
“Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”),” reads the update, “We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.”
It’s disappointing news for anyone heading to the event in Boston and hoping for a chance to play some of PlayStation’s biggest upcoming titles. And even if you weren’t planning on attending, I’m sure many of us might have been hoping for an announcement or two. I mean, the PlayStation 5 is due out at the end of the year and we’re definitely not going to be getting any news or announcements out of E3 2020.
Sony’s absence from E3 this year is surprising. In 2019, many people put its decision to skip the event down to the imminent release of the next-gen consoles and having little news to share. Of course this year they’re in a similar boat but you’d have thought they might have something to share with us regarding the PlayStation 5, considering the console’s release will be closer to six months away when E3 takes place. And let’s not forget that Microsoft is in the same situation with it’s Xbox Series X supposedly releasing later this year.
This isn’t the only effect that the Coronavirus is having on the gaming industry as a whole, either. Earlier this week, we reported that the Nintendo Switch may be in short supply as soon as April, thanks to Chinese factories being impacted by the spread of the virus. And it seems that the production of both Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles could be similarly delayed.