The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has struck the gaming community yet again. This time resulting in the decision for Sony to pull out of PAX East.
The news broke earlier today via an update to Sony’s existing blog post about its plans relating to PAX East. It reads:
“Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19.”PlayStation Blog
Earlier this year Sony announced their plans to skip E3, now for the second year in a row. Fans will no doubt be disappointed that they won’t get to find out any more about Sony’s upcoming releases. More significantly though, Sony was due to present the first publicly playable demo of The Last of Us: Part II. They were also due to show off Marvel’s Iron Man VR, Doom Eternal, Nioh 2 and Spelunky 2, among others.
It’s unclear whether the TLOU demo will still be playable at PAX East, or in any other capacity, but Naughty Dog’s tweet on the topic doesn’t give much hope.
The coronavirus outbreak has already disrupted several gaming events this year. Overwatch announced they would be temporarily relocating Chinese teams to South Korea, and Nintendo is potentially facing a global Switch shortage as a result of the outbreak.
Stay tuned to Any Button Gaming for the latest on the impact of coronavirus on the gaming world.
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