Sony’s upcoming PS5 game showcase has been postponed indefinitely.
Last week, Sony announced a digital showcase for Thursday (June 4th) where the tech giant planned to unveil a “slate” of games for its upcoming next-gen PlayStation 5 console. Today, however, Sony announced that the event has been postponed.
Today, the official Twitter account for PlayStation shared a statement announcing its decision to indefinitely postpone the event due to protests occurring worldwide over the death of George Floyd.
Sony’s statement reads: “We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4. While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”
No rescheduled date for the event has been announced so it’s currently unknown when the event will air.
An Outpour Of Support
Similarly, EA yesterday (May 31st) postponed its showcase of upcoming video game Madden NFL 21 due to the protests. EA announced its decision in a Twitter post on the Madden NFL 20 account which reads:
“Tomorrow, we had committed to celebrating Madden NFL 21 with you, but we’re not going to do that now. We stand with our African American / Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners. Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world.”
“We’ll find another time to talk football with you. Because this is bigger than a game, bigger than sports, and needs all of us to stand together and commit to change.”
Similarly to Sony, EA hasn’t announced a rescheduled date for the event.
Meanwhile, numerous video game companies and developers, as well as dozens of celebrities, companies, and official figures outside of the gaming industry, have voiced their support for the protests on social media platforms.
Bethesda, Xbox, Activision Blizzard, Twitch, Riot Games, and more were some of the many companies to address the protests via statements of support. Naughty Dog’s Vice President Neil Druckmann and President Evan Wells donated money to charity while the studio also shared a statement.
If protests continue, we may see other game developers and companies follow PlayStation and EA by changing planned game showcases and other events. More to come.
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