Sony at E3 2021: What to anticipate
This yr’s E3 convention schedule is generally locked in, with a number of days of writer showcases unfold out from June 10 – June 15. Probably the most notable absence is Sony, which has skipped out on holding an official E3 occasion since 2018. Until Sony makes a shock last-minute announcement, there will probably be no PlayStation occasion this yr.
However that does not imply Sony will probably be MIA all summer season. And what we’re most occupied with—Sony’s PC gaming plans—possible would not have had a starring function in an E3 press convention, anyway.
Will Sony maintain an E3 PlayStation occasion this summer season?
Sony hasn’t introduced any plans for upcoming State of Play occasions, and has skipped E3 for the previous a number of years. However it’s not the one writer to try this. EA, for instance, stopped attending E3 a number of years in the past, establishing its personal fan occasion and EA Play livestream close to the E3 conference heart. It is retaining that distance this yr even with E3 being an online-only occasion: The EA Play livestream is not occurring till July 22. Sony has all summer season to carry its personal occasion.
This is some data on previous Sony occasion timing that can provide us a tough thought of what we might see from PlayStation this summer season.
- Ghosts of Tsushima State of Play: Introduced Could 12, streamed Could 14
- The Final of Us Half 2 State of Play: Introduced Could 25, streamed Could 27
- State of Play: Introduced August 3, streamed August 6
- PS5 UI State of Play: No announcement, posted October 15
- State of Play: Introduced February 23, streamed February 25
- State of Play: Introduced April 26, streamed April 29
- Horizon Zero Daybreak State of Play: Introduced Could 25, streamed Could 27
The sample is fairly clear right here: Sony does not have a tendency to offer its State of Play movies a lot lead time. No matter Sony has deliberate for this summer season, it possible will not be introduced weeks or months forward of time, like a lot of this yr’s E3 occasions. We’ll in all probability have two days discover.
It looks like most of Sony’s first social gathering PlayStation 5 video games are nonetheless fairly a methods off, too. A June 2 interview with PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst feels prefer it’s meant to preempt fan expectations of any large E3 bulletins (it additionally included the information that the following God of Battle has been delayed to 2022).
Hulst additionally shot down the concept of PS5 exclusives launching concurrently on PC, however he did point out that there are nonetheless extra PC ports on the way in which.
When will we count on to listen to extra about PS4 to PC ports?
A latest Sony investor presentation included a slide indicating Uncharted 4 is coming to PC, following Horizon Zero Daybreak and Days Gone. However when?
Hulst did not say. “We’re nonetheless early on in our planning for PC,” he stated, including that Horizon’s success “exhibits there’s an urge for food from avid gamers outdoors the PlayStation ecosystem to expertise the wonderful portfolio of video games that PlayStation followers have loved for years.”
Hulst stated that “That’s the aim—we need to attain new avid gamers who haven’t but skilled the nice tales, characters, and worlds that we’ve constructed. Releasing video games on PC is not going to come ever on the expense of constructing an thrilling lineup of nice console video games.”
Final Could, Hulst confirmed Horizon Zero Daybreak was coming to PC in one other interview with the PlayStation Weblog, and Sony Interactive Leisure President Jim Ryan casually dropped that Days Gone was coming to PC in an interview concerning the next-gen PlayStation VR headset, of all issues.
Primarily based on these two bulletins, Sony in all probability is not holding any PC information again only for a giant State of Play stream. Each time it is prepared to speak about Uncharted coming to PC (or, hopefully, Bloodborne), we’ll hear about it.