And with it, The Last of Us Part II will not be playable at the event – even though Naughty Dog and Sony were both hyping it up…
„Sony Interactive Entertainment decided 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,” Sony wrote on the PlayStation Blog.
With it, The Last of Us Part II’s possibly ONLY pre-release playable version is also gone, unless Sony does something clever – they could simply make a free, limited-time availability demo for the PlayStation Network, and thus, it would not be lost. (It wouldn’t be surprising if they ended up doing this.) The Last of Us Part II is out on May 29, exclusively on PlayStation 4, unless it gets a PlayStation 5 version. Seeing how the first game was on PlayStation 3 before it got a current-gen port, it could happen.
These games would also have been playable (or present at the event): Below, Cloudpunk, Doom Eternal, Dreams, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Genshin Impact, Gorn (PlayStation VR), Haven, Marvel’s Iron Man VR (PlayStation VR), MLB The Show 20, Mosaic, Moving Out, Nioh 2, One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows, Paper Beast (PlayStation VR), Persona 5 Royal, Pixel Ripped 1995, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Remnant: From the Ashes, The Room VR: A Dark Matter (PlayStation VR), Space Channel 5 (PlayStation VR), Spelunky 2, Trials of Mana, Zombie Army 4.
What a shame! But since Mobile World Congress 2020 got suspended due to the coronavirus, slowly, bigger events are also getting affected. Will E3 be the next? We’ll see eventually, although we’re still 3.5 months away from that.
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