VideoGamer brings word that Sony has chose to forgo a Gamescom 2015 press conference in August, instead focusing its resources on next month’s E3 event and an “international media briefing” at the Paris Games Show in October.
How this impacts Microsoft and Nintendo’s approach to the annual conference in Cologne remains to be seen, but for now, here’s the official word from Sony.
“We feel that both PlayStation and the wider industry would benefit from a major news milestone later in the year, during the most important period for gaming. We are excited about our plans and look forward to sharing some exciting announcements. We will share more information closer to the time.”
It’s an unexpected move from that Japanese juggernaut, particularly when you consider that the PlayStation brand has often enjoyed a stronger foothold in Europe relative to North America. Mind you, Gamescom is also smack bang in between E3 in June and September’s Toyko Game Show, and Sony’s decision to omit itself from the Cologne event could be indicative of the company sheltering its unreleased products.
Besides, despite the German event overtaking E3 in audience size in recent years, E3 remains the biggest event on the calendar year for the industry, and the majority of Sony’s properties that don’t make the cut for the LA briefing may not be in fit enough shape to warrant an unveiling in August. There are still a lot of Sony’s first-party studios toiling away at unknown projects – Sony Bend and Sony Santa Monica, to name but a few – and we’re hoping that the company will answer some of these lingering questions over the course of 2015.
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