The drastic rate of cancellations for public events has been rampant since January 1st, 2020. These terminated events follow after the coronavirus outbreak occurred in China, with the latest cancellation being confirmed by Sony. The technology conglomerate confirmed that the PlayStation demos for PAX East 2020 had been cancelled. This comes as a significant loss for the Boston-located Gaming Convention, which sees an influx of Chinese attendees. Representatives from PlayStation announced less than three weeks ago that they’d have demos for all upcoming games. It would’ve marked the first instance that gamers would’ve seen demos from games like “The Last of Us 2” or “Cyberpunk 2077”.
The official statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment expressed to supporters that this decision was made for attendee & employee safety. Cancelling their participating booth for Pax East became a concerning issue with the increasing presence of Covid-19 (The Coronavirus). SIE Reps noted that this is the safest but most limited option available and will showcase our demos with health concerns for attendees are depleted. Sony Interactive also has concerns regarding their global workforce, with one infected potentially releasing an outbreak through a wide-scale company like SIE.
Multiple third-party games were confirmed for Sony PAX East 2020, with this extending to titles exclusive for the PS4 and PS5. The most popular would’ve been The Last of Us II, which is slated to be the highest sold game for the 2020 fiscal year. Attendees registered for the exclusive opportunity to test out an hour-long level in TLOU2. Additional demos included the Trials of Mana and Persona 5 Royal. It should be noted that Boston officials haven’t cancelled PAX East 2020 and it’ll still be held between February 27th to March 1st.
Video Game Production Delays with Coronavirus
Sony Interactive Entertainment and the Xbox Corporation both confirmed that production on physical copy titles would be delayed throughout 2020. The coronavirus has forced Chinese government officials to shut down operational factories that manufacturer these physical games. It’s forced an immediate backlog of newer games like Modern Warfare and Fortnite Chapter Two.
Gaming experts anticipate that games expected for release in 2020 could be delayed for physical launches. This would force titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and The Last of Us II to not release to GameStop or EB Games for three to six months. Delays extend to the production of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, which are slated to release for the 2020 Holiday Season. Models were already in the manufacturing process, which has been gridlocked through January to February.