After postponing its PlayStation 5 game reveal live stream event because of the situation in the United States, Sony reschedules it for a week later.
It’s hard to see what’s changed in a week, isn’t it? We’re still seeing protests across the United States following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. We’re still seeing violence and escalation from increasingly militaristic police forces.
It’s a surprise, then, that Sony – after postponing its PlayStation 5 game reveal event due to the situation in the US – has pencilled it back in for just a week later.
(To be fair, some things have changed. George Floyd’s killer has been charged with second-degree murder, while the three officers who watched have also been charged. Minneapolis City Council has also voted to disband the police department in its current form, and replace it with social and welfare initiatives. But Seattle police department is still using tear gas on its citizens, less than 24 hours after the mayor promised to take a month off. Buffalo’s entire riot squad quit in solidarity after two officers were disciplined for cracking a pensioner’s head open. Maybe it’s not that different, after all.)
But Sony has obviously decided that, while it wasn’t the right time before, it’s apparently now the right time. The marketing machine will not wait, it appears.
The PlayStation 5 game reveal event’s rescheduling was originally leaked on Twitch earlier today, and was swiftly confirmed by the official PlayStation Twitter account a few hours later.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 8, 2020
What are we going to see at the event? Probably not PS5 hardware. Every indication we’ve seen from Sony thus far is that the upcoming event will focus on PlayStation 5 launch games. Some of those will be cross-platform games we’ve already seen – like Godfall, Outriders, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – but everyone’s clearly hoping for some first-party PlayStation exclusives. God of War 2? Spider-Man 2? Horizon Zero Dawn 2? No doubt a new Gran Turismo will be lingering around the PS5 at some point.
The PlayStation 5 game reveal event will stream live on Twitch and YouTube on June 11, 2020, at 1 pm Pacific. (9 pm BST.)