Gamers who were eagerly looking forward to a showcase of upcoming PlayStation games will have to wait until next year, as Sony has confirmed that PlayStation Experience 2018 has been canceled. The reason, quite simply, is that Sony doesn't have enough to show to justify bringing everyone together for the big event.
Sony recently released Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4, and the open-world superhero game has seen massive success, becoming the fastest-selling game ever with 3.3 million copies sold in just three days. Spider-Man features a wealth of Marvel characters and Easter eggs, as well as a versatile photo mode that has done an excellent job of raising the game's profile on social media.
Perhaps Sony has decided it's not worth trying to top the Spider-Man hype just yet. PSX North America has taken place in December every year since 2014, but Sony chairman Shawn Layden has confirmed on the latest episode of PSBlogcast that there won't be a PSX event in the States this year:
"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 that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience."
While this is understandably disappointing news for those who attend PSX and those who follow the big reveals online, canceling the event is arguably the smart move here. It means avoiding great expenditure for the sake of a presentation that would likely have left attendees underwhelmed. There's also speculation that Sony is skipping PSX this year in order to focus on developing a successor to the PlayStation 4, which has now been on shelves for five years, and is therefore coming to the end of the typical console generation cycle.
The cancelation of PSX 2018 means that the next big showcase of Sony's lineup will probably be at E3 in summer 2019. Upcoming PlayStation exclusives include zombie apocalypse game Days Gone, Hideo Kojima's surreal-looking sci-fi action title Death Stranding (which stars The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus), and the highly-anticipated sequel The Last Of Us 2. Hopefully we'll find out more about those titles soon, even without a big PSX presentation.