After a long stretch of anticipation, Sony has finally confirmed that the PlayStation Experience is taking 2018 off.
In the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast, worldwide studios chairman Shawn Layden explained that Sony’s limited spread of upcoming releases doesn’t leave enough content to justify bringing the PlayStation Experience to the United States this year.
“We won’t have it in the States this year,” Layden said. “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 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 mentioned that Dreams and Days Gone wouldn’t be enough to carry an entire PlayStation Experience, but there is one PlayStation exclusive notably absent from this list: The Last of Us Part II. Sony has been playing this game very close to the chest since its announcement two PlayStation Experiences ago, and while many expect the game to launch sometime in 2019, it still does not have any official release window.
The PlayStation Experience started in England in 2002, but after two annual events, it went on hiatus until showing up in the States in 2014. This year will be the first since 2014 that there will not be a PlayStation Experience in December. (Sony did host a lower-profile South East Asia PlayStation Experience event, the second of its kind, in Thailand in August.)
Last year’s event was widely considered to be underwhelming, but one revelation to come out of the show was that PlayStation users may soon be able to change their online names. Layden teased that more news would be out before next year’s (now this year’s) PSX, but since no such event is happening, hopefully PlayStation confirms the feature via other means.
Source: PlayStation Blog