That didn’t take very long, did it?

Sony PlayStation answered critics in a big way today by revealing the company’s participation in several high-profile video game events this summer. While the status of Sony’s summer events was in question just days ago, the gaming giant confirmed it would be at Tokyo Game Show and Chinajoy over the last 24 hours.

Gamescom organizers also quietly updated a press release detailing its official list of featured exhibitors, revealing Sony PlayStation would be in attendance. That means Sony won’t be skipping any of the big summer shows outside the US this year after an E3 2019 absence. That’s a big deal for fans of the PS4 in particular, as many took the potential absences this summer as confirmation there’s little in the works for the platform besides its last big exclusives.

It’s a little more difficult to predict what to expect from Sony when it comes to these shows, but there could just be announcements waiting in the wing. Sony has a two-hour conference at Chinajoy in Shanghai on August 1st, and they’ll have showfloor exhibits at Gamescom 2019 and Tokyo Game Show 2019. The company even has a presence at Comic Con, although it appears limited to the PlayStation Gear Store.

Sony won’t be skipping any of the big summer shows outside the US this year.

Although Sony has a track record of attending these major conferences, in the last year they’ve missed events generally considered “unskippable,” like E3. Could that mean we’re in for some bigger announcements this summer after a lengthy dry spell? Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show are two of the biggest events of the year in gaming, and showing up without a flagship announcement—especially after skipping E3 2019—would be strange.

The good news is Sony looks to have some reveals at Chinajoy: today they released seven teaser images that appear to be new games.

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Cody's Take

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Well, that didn’t take long. I guess I should have waited just a little longer before claiming that Sony had pulled a disappearing act on us, as the company proved a big point over the last 24 hours. After some time away from the spotlight, PlayStation should be back at the forefront of discussion over the next couple of months.

PlayStation should be back at the forefront of discussion over the next couple of months.

What I’m curious about, however, is why Sony chose to skip over recent big North American events and instead prioritized its European and Japanese markets. Likely this was done due to timing—Sony’s release schedule ramps up in Q4 2019, and its 2020 games lineup looks even stronger. Still, it’s worth keeping in mind as we move forward. Fingers crossed we’ll get a PSX later this year; the timing would be good with The Last of Us Part 2 rumoured to be releasing in February 2020.

That’s all speculation on my part, though. There’s no way Sony backing out of US commitments but honouring other ones worldwide means anything other than timing, right? …Right?

Er, welcome back, PlayStation! I’ve missed you. Any chance you’ve got something exciting to show me this summer that might make me forget how neglected I feel?