PS4 News: Great update for PlayStation fans as Sony make BIG games promise before PS5 (Pic: SONY)
PlayStation players are in for a good ride in the future if recent comments from Sony executives are to be believed.
This year, we've seen games like God of War and Spider-Man top the charts on PS4 – simply because gamers have such an appetite for immersive, single-player games.
In an interview with MVC, SIE Europes VP and Managing Director for the UK, IE, and Australasia, Warwick Light, noted that Sony is not ignorant to the demand players have outlined for single-player gaming experiences.
"While 2018 was indisputably a big year for Fortnite, it was also a year which saw us really act like a publisher and focus on our exclusive titles whether it was God of War, Spider-Man, Detroit or VR titles such as Astro Bot.
"Buzzwords are one thing, what our players are demanding is another. Theres still a huge audience for games that offer the best in single player narrative with stunning gameplay, as witnessed by the enormous popularity of both Spider-Man and God of War in this years charts. I was just at the Golden Joysticks–God of War won five!"
It's a positive statement of intent from a company that can direct many of the trends we see in gaming.
There is an on-going conversation in the games industry about 'the death of single-player gaming' as free-to-play, multiplayer titles become more popular.
Sony's commitment to single-player games bodes well, then, as we head into the next-generation of gaming. When we're going to hear about these games, though, is another matter: Sony will not be appearing at E3 2019.
Whilst it goes without saying that this is an incredibly big deal, the added knowledge that this will be the first E3 in 24 years without Sony really puts the decision into an even sharper focus.
For anyone who missed the news, Sony told Game Informer that the company would not "activate or hold a press conference around E3 ".
But when Sony say they're skipping E3, they're not just talking press conferences. They mean the whole kit and kaboodle, because they're also not planning to exhibit on the show floor.
Following the announcement, as you might expect, there was a flurry of anger, opinions and quite a few suggestions that the decision could have been linked to Sony plotting some sort of vague plan for the potential reveal of the Sony PS5 release date.
Just prior to Sony's announcement on Game Informer, a user on Reddit by the name of RuthenicCookie4 was already leaking the information before anyone else in the world.
However, the Reddit leaker didn't just correctly predict – we say predict, who was honestly 'predicting' this before it got revealed – the same source was also revealing a whole lot of info about why Sony was pulling out
Allegedly it had less to do with Sony not having many games to show off, and everything to do with Sony trying to concentrate on their next-gen PlayStation 5 console.
Providing more details the leaker suggested that Sony will return with a new PlayStation Experience (PSX) event in 2019, where Sony will reveal the PS5.
It's possible that before this there could be a "small" reveal to tease the console earlier in the year.
In addition, the Redditor went on to suggest that the PS5 release date (at the time of writing) is still around "1.5 years from now", but developers currently have access to dev kits, which are already being described as "a monster.”
You can read more about the PlayStation 5 and its potential release date here.