Sony Interactive Entertainment delayed the Playstation 5 reveal event set for this Thursday, June 4, according to a tweet from the company.
Sony PlayStation 5 June 4 Event Delayed
The company's tweet read: "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."
The PS5 event was initially announced on Friday, May 29 of this year, and aimed to "give you a first look at the games you'll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday," according to a PlayStation blog.
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Avid players hoped to catch as-yet unrevealed PS5 titles like "2020 Call of Duty" or the "Horizon Zero Dawn 2" game, but now they'll have to wait a little longer to learn what games may debut with the forthcoming PS5 launch.
The PS5 reveal event was set to launch a busy June game announcement season, with several presentations in store from Microsoft, in addition to the websites PC Gamer and IGN — with more this month. Other forthcoming events may also be canceled like the PS5 one or EA's "Madden NFL 21" reveal.
However, as PlayStation's announcement said, now is not the time to celebrate new video games and hardware — this is a time for companies like Sony to "lean back" and "allow more important voices to be heard."
This seems like an apt decision that we hope won't leave gamers frustrated, after already waiting so long for new details on the upcoming gaming system.
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Several other gaming companies like EA, Riot Games, and Astro have also published messages in support of the protests that swept across the United States in the last week. On June 1, the official PlayStation Twitter page spoke to these concerns, saying: "We denounce systemic racism and violence against the Black community. We will continue to work towards a future marked by empathy and inclusion and stand with our Black creators, players, employees, families, and friends. #BlackLivesMatter."
Sony has shown an awareness of where we are in history — namely, one not conducive for a major PS5 reveal — and subsequently decided to push its reveal date back. 2020 has been a year of many delays for Sony, who so far has pushed back "Iron Man VR," "The Last of Us Part II," and "Ghost of Tsushima" amid the COVID-19 outbreak.