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Coronavirus is affecting the world in strange and unexpected ways. For Sony, it means that the company will not be attending PAX East in Boston or The Game Developer Conference in San Francisco this year. For us, that means no further look into The Last Of Us 2 and Final Fantasy VII Remake, among others.

The announcement was initially made on the PlayStation blog, where the original PAX East story was updated with the announcement that the company will be skipping the show this year due to the Corona Virus concerns.

PAX East will increase hygiene and sanitation measures in place. Kyle Marsden-Kish, event director for PAX production team ReedPOP, said in a statement that the team is “working closely with the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and following local, state and federal public health guidelines, including those issued by the CDC” and it is “saddened that Sony will no longer have a presence at PAX East 2020.”

Sony has already canceled its plans to attend E3 this year, and with 2 more events added to the list, especially in a year where the next-gen console the PS5 is going to be launched is a big deal. It’s even been rumored that the launch of the PS5 might be delayed because of the virus outbreak in China, which is the manufacturing hub for the world.

Of course this means that our only dependable source for any new PS5 information remains either The Wired or that leaker on 4Chan. What do you make of this decision? Is Sony being too over cautious or is it all in good precautions. Sound off in the comments.


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