In the wake of the unexpected news that Sony is foregoing an appearance at next year’s E3 to ostensibly explore new and ‘inventive opportunities to engage the community’, Microsoft and Nintendo have gone out their way to confirm their appearance in 2019.
The two gaming giants also took the opportunity to laud E3 as the premier gaming event of the year. Xbox executive vice president, Phil Spencer, took to Twitter to say E3 was ‘always a high point of the year to witness the industry’s creativity and the energy of the community’, while also saying that Xbox has ‘a lot to share with fans at E3 2019’. The official Xbox Facebook page also reiterated the company’s position.
Similarly, the President and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, praised the event in a press release published by E3 saying ‘E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe. Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people’s faces’.
In the same statement, Phil Spencer restated Microsoft’s absolute belief in E3 saying ‘E3 is an incredible platform to showcase the vibrancy and creativity of the video game industry. The ESA continues to expand the event’s reach to fans and the industry, both in attendance and online, and we look forward to what’s ahead at E3 2019.’
The true reasons behind Sony’s announcement are hard to pinpoint though a lack of ready-for-release titles may be the culprit. Showing up at E3 to churn out trailers for already announced games such at The Last of Us 2 isn’t exactly flattering for a company priding itself on a rich library of exclusives that are taking years to finish. Basically, a lack of new announcements may have led the execs at Sony to bypass E3 2019 so as not to pale in comparison to what Nintendo, Microsoft, and other big publishers have in store.