For the past four years, Sony has held a press event called Playstation Experience every December. Now that we’re getting closer, people have been asking when Sony is going to announce the next one. You can stop waiting, because it isn’t happening…Playstation Experience won’t be held in 2018.
A Sony rep was uncharacteristically honest when admitting the reason: it’s simply that they have nothing to show. As Shawn Layden put it on an official podcast, “The reasons behind [the cancellation] 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 2019 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.”
For those let down by this, there’s always 2019 — or not. Longtime gamers will remember a press event Nintendo used to hold in November called Shoshinkai, or Space World. If Nintendo had exhibited a lackluster E3, the response from fans was “Well, maybe they’re saying the good stuff for Space World.” Then, of course, Nintendo would announce they were skipping Space World that year. Eventually people just stopped waiting and asking, and it never came back anyway.
Another thing you will not have this Christmas, according to Sony, is Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale — the Smash Bros knockoff the company attempted on the PS3 in 2012. The servers will be shut down October 25…but unlike Playstation Experience, it won’t be missed much.