In an appearance in the PlayStation Blogcast yesterday, Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden confirmed the news that their PlayStation-exclusive annual event, inaugurated in the United State in 2014, will skip 2018. The event was also held in the United Kingdom in 2002 and 2003 as part of the European Computer Trade Show and the London Games Week, respectively.
While 2018 has been a strong year for Sony, with major hits like God of War and Spider-Man, there doesn't seem to be enough up their sleeve to justify a full-on showcase. According to Layden, "Now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we're looking down in 2019 to games like Dreams and Days Gone. But we wouldn't have enough to bring people all together in some location in North America to have that event. We don't want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on it. It was a hard decision, but we have determined this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience."
Meanwhile, gaming and comedy channel Kinda Funny, produced by former IGN editors and producers Greg Miller, Nick Scarpino, and Tim Gettys, might step in and hold a showcase in the absence of PSX 2018. Greg Miller said on Twitter that they "will fill the void and hold a Press Conference the Saturday after the Game Awards," which is scheduled to take place on December 6.
The tweet soon garnered enough attention that several developers such as Devolver Digital, Housemarque, and Annapurna Interactive showed their interest in joining the lineup. This Kinda Funny Press Conference obviously won't match the standards and proportions that the PlayStation conference would have, but viewers should expect some interesting content such as trailers and development diaries.
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