Sony announced they would not be participating in attending PAX East today in an update to a post on the Playstation blog. It reads:

UPDATE: Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”). We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.

The original February 13th post detailed Sony’s plans for the annual show out of Boston, which starts on February 27th. It would have been the first chance for the public to play a demo version of The Last of Us Part 2, which is due out later this year. They also would have had a Playstation VR booth, and several other games to try such as:

  • Below

  • Cloudpunk

  • Doom Eternal

  • Dreams (#18003)

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Genshin Impact

  • Gorn (PS VR)

  • Haven

  • The Last of Us Part II (#10047)

  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR (PS VR)

  • MLB The Show 20

  • Mosaic

  • Moving Out

  • Nioh 2

  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

  • Paper Beast (PS VR)

  • Persona 5 Royal

  • Pixel Ripped 1995

  • Predator: Hunting Grounds

  • Remnant: From the Ashes

  • The Room VR: A Dark Matter (PS VR)

  • Space Channel 5 (PS VR)

  • Spelunky 2

  • Trials of Mana

  • Zombie Army 4

 

The announcement comes less than a week after the initial plans were made public, and a mere 2 weeks before the opening day of PAX East. An update from the conference organizers is likely to follow soon with how they intend to utilize the now unused space left in the wake of Sony’s absence.

 

Source: Playstation Blog

 

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