Just days after announcing a star-studded PAX East lineup featuring playable PlayStation 4 titles like The Last of Us: Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and DOOM Eternal, Sony has cancelled its plans to attend the convention, which is coming up later this month.
In an update on the PlayStation Blog, the company writes: "Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”). We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern."
It's no doubt a blow to Sony seeing as it was so keen on presenting so many upcoming games to the public, but as always, safety should come first. As far as we know, PAX East itself is still going ahead, but if big companies like Sony and PlayStation are pulling out, then it's a situation that attendees will want to keep an eye on.