It might be somewhat obvious, but PlayStation and E3 aren't the best of friends at the moment. Sony opted out of E3 2019 and that seemed to mark the end of their relationship with the ESA and E3 presentations.
That isn't to say we've been out of the loop when it comes to PlayStation, though. They have hosted several State of Play presentations directly, showcasing first-party titles their own way.
We might not see a State of Play presentation as an official part of E3 2021, but surely we're going to get another one soon, right?
LATEST June 2021 State of Play?
We know two results don't exactly constitute a trend, but throughout 2021 we've seen a Sony State of Play Presentation every two months so far.
The first State of Play was on February 25th and the most recent one was held on April 29th. With this in mind... Could we be seeing another one at the end of June? This would be just after E3 2021 and could be the perfect time for one.
Sony would be able to ride on the hype of E3 2021 but avoid getting caught up in the torrent of content that could come pouring out of the event.
It's been a little while since we've heard anything about the new Gran Turismo title and Horizon Forbidden West, too. The latest State of Play was a focused presentation on Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
If we're going to get another State of Play, the last week of June is when we expect one.
PlayStation At E3 2021
With Sony being one of the leading companies in the gaming Industry and E3 being one of the largest gaming conferences of the year, you'd expect PlayStation to play some part.
However, they haven't done so in previous years, for a variety of reasons.
One of the reasons Sony may be choosing to opt-out of E3 is competition. Sony's biggest competitors, Xbox and Nintendo, are likely to make huge announcements this year with speculation already accumulating for the upcoming Halo: Infinite and Zelda: Breath of The Wild 2.
If Sony chooses to avoid E3 and make the announcements of its upcoming titles on its own, then Sony doesn't have to worry about one of its largest competitors stealing the spotlight.
In the same year that Sony originally dropped out of E3 (2019), they introduced State of Play, their own exclusive event.
This event showcases the biggest and latest PlayStation news, updates and surprises, at a time that's convenient for them! So, we could see another State of Play pop up somewhen around when E3 2021 is happening.
Could Sony Still Appear At E3 2021?
There is absolutely still potential for Sony to join in and announce their involvement with E3 2021.
However, with Sony's previous announcement that they were going to avoid E3 2020 (before it was cancelled), we're not expecting them to make an appearance.
This could obviously change, but with the recent successes of their State of Play presentations... It seems unlikely.
What Games Can We Expect 2021?
Sony uses its State of Play Presentations to announce upcoming exclusive titles and shed more light on previously announced games. Here's what we can expect to hear about from the next episode of State of Play!
Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 is the long-awaited title in the popular PlayStation exclusive racing series. As it currently stands, there is no official release date for the 2022 title, but fans could hear more in the next State of Play.
Horizon Forbidden West
Another of PlayStation's exclusives, Horizon Forbidden West, is set to release later this year, though no specific release date has been announced.
Following on from the highly-rated Horizon Zero Dawn, fans eagerly await the sequel of this PlayStation exclusive title.
God Of War: Ragnarok
Sony released a teaser for their latest title in the Kratos-led franchise back in September 2020. Since then, Sony has been very quiet about God of War Ragnarok.
The sequel to the critically acclaimed God of War is expected to be released in 2021. Sony's silence since the announcement regarding the game could mean we will hear more at the next Sony State of Play.