Shawn Layden explains why Sony won’t have a PlayStation Experience this year.
PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden has confirmed Sony will not be holding a PlayStation Experience event in 2018.
Layden made the announcement on the PlayStation Blogcast, saying “For 2018, I know this is going to be a disappointment to some people, but we decided to not hold PlayStation Experience this year.”
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“We won’t have it in the States this year,” he continued. “The reasons behind that really are we don’t have…we have a lot of progress that we’re making on our games…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 North America to have that event. We don’t want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on that. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience.
Layden attributed PlayStation’s increased use of the PlayStation Blog and social media to convey announcements.
Part of our commitment is that going forward we’re going to amp that up, we’re going to crank [those] communications [up]…and find more ways to get our message out and get a view into what our activities are and what our hopes and dreams are, if you will, for PlayStation and for Worldwide Studios,” he explained.
While last year’s PlayStation Experience was not as news heavy as in years’ past, PSX 2016 saw the announcement of both The Last of Us Part 2 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s reveal.
And we’ve seen PlayStation continue to use the PS Blog and its social platforms for big announcements in 2018. God of War’s release date was revealed via the PS Blog, while the TGS 2018 debut of the PlayStation Classic largely came via PlayStation’s social channels.
Unfortunately, this might mean news of whether Sony fans can change their PSN names will have to wait. At last year’s PSX, Layden said he hoped people wouldn’t have to keep asking about PSN name changes by the next PSX. Without a PlayStation Experience this year, that certainly gives Sony more time to work on the fan-requested feature.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s News Editor and PlayStation Lead. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.