Sony is skipping E3 this year. Should we expect more State of Play streams this summer, instead?
Tʜɪs yᴇᴀʀ's E3 cᴏɴference scʜᴇdule ɪs ᴍᴏsᴛly locked ɪɴ, wɪᴛh sᴇᴠᴇʀal ᴅᴀʏs ᴏꜰ publɪsʜᴇr sʜᴏᴡcᴀses spʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ꜰʀᴏᴍ June 10 - June 15. Tʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ ɴᴏtᴀʙʟᴇ absence ɪs Sᴏɴy, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ hᴀs skipped ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏɴ ʜᴏʟᴅɪɴg ᴀɴ ᴏꜰficial E3 ᴇᴠᴇɴt sɪɴce 2018. Unʟᴇss Sᴏɴy ᴍᴀᴋᴇs a surprɪse lᴀst-mɪɴute ᴀɴɴᴏunceᴍᴇnt, tʜᴇre ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ɴᴏ PʟᴀʏStᴀᴛiᴏɴ ᴇᴠᴇɴt tʜɪs yᴇᴀʀ.
But that doesn't mean Sony will be MIA all summer. And what we're most interested in—Sony's PC gaming plans—likely wouldn't have had a starring role in an E3 press conference, anyway.Will Sony hold an E3 PlayStation event this summer?
Sony hasn't announced any plans for upcoming State of Play events, and has skipped E3 for the past several years. But it's not the only publisher to do that. EA, for example, stopped attending E3 several years ago, setting up its own fan event and EA Play livestream near the E3 convention center. It's retaining that distance this year even with E3 being an online-only event: The EA Play livestream isn't happening until July 22. Sony has all summer to hold its own event.
Here's some information on past Sony event timing that can give us a rough idea of what we could see from PlayStation this summer.
2020Ghosts of Tsushima State of Play: Announced May 12, streamed May 14The Last of Us Part 2 State of Play: Announced May 25, streamed May 27State of Play: Announced August 3, streamed August 6PS5 UI State of Play: No announcement, posted October 15
2021State of Play: Announced February 23, streamed February 25State of Play: Announced April 26, streamed April 29Horizon Zero Dawn State of Play: Announced May 25, streamed May 27
The pattern is pretty clear here: Sony doesn't tend to give its State of Play videos much lead time. Whatever Sony has planned for this summer, it likely won't be announced weeks or months ahead of time, like many of this year's E3 events. We'll probably have two days notice.
It seems like most of Sony's first party PlayStation 5 games are still quite a ways off, too. A June 2 interview with PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst feels like it's meant to preempt fan expectations of any big E3 announcements (it also included the news that the next God of War has been delayed to 2022).
Hulst also shot down the idea of PS5 exclusives launching simultaneously on PC, but he did mention that there are still more PC ports on the way.When will we expect to hear more about PS4 to PC ports?
A recent Sony investor presentation included a slide indicating Uncharted 4 is coming to PC, following Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone. But when?
Hulst didn't say. "We’re still early on in our planning for PC," he said, adding that Horizon's success "shows there’s an appetite from gamers outside the PlayStation ecosystem to experience the amazing portfolio of games that PlayStation fans have enjoyed for years."
Hulst said that "That’s the goal—we want to reach new gamers who haven’t yet experienced the great stories, characters, and worlds that we’ve built. Releasing games on PC will not come ever at the expense of building an exciting lineup of great console games."
Last May, Hulst confirmed Horizon Zero Dawn was coming to PC in another interview with the PlayStation Blog, and Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan casually dropped that Days Gone was coming to PC in an interview about the next-gen PlayStation VR headset, of all things.
Based on those two announcements, Sony probably isn't holding any PC news back just for a big State of Play stream. Whenever it's ready to talk about Uncharted coming to PC (or, hopefully, Bloodborne), we'll hear about it.