PlayStation will skip PAX East due to coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus epidemic continues to affect various corners of gaming, with PlayStation now backing out of its PAX East appearance and taking games like Last of Us Part 2 with it due to concerns over the virus.

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The folks at PlayStation had planned an extensive presence at this year's PAX East. Unfortuntaely, it looks like that will no longer happen. With just weeks before doors open for the show, Sony Interactive Entertainment issued a statement that it would be canceling all plans for the annual event, citing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus.

"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")," reads the statement on PlayStation.Blog. "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."

The Last of Us Part II was scheduled to be playable at PAX East

PlayStation had previously planned to show off over two dozen titles, including Final Fantasy VII Remake, MLB The Show 20, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Spelunky 2, and Marvel's Iron Man VR. It was also set to be one of the lone opportunities for the average consumer to try out The Last of Us Part 2 prior to the game's May 29 release.

With no further consumer shows on the horizon, it looks like everyone will simply have to wait for those aforementioned games to hit the shelves before they get their hands on them. The PlayStation group is becoming increasingly removed from major conventions, announcing last month that it would once again skip E3 and focus more on a different direction.

The growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has been having a bigger effect on the gaming world since its outbreak. Various esports events, such as the Overwatch League and competitive League of Legends have had to move away from China due to concerns and the affected area is only growing. On Tuesday, Blizzard also announced that the Hearthstone Masters Tour that was planned for Indonesia would be moved to Los Angeles over concerns of COVID-19.

The ultimate effect of COVID-19 and how many areas of gaming it stands to impact remain to be seen. We will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

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From The Chatty
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    February 19, 2020 11:05 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, PlayStation will skip PAX East due to coronavirus concerns

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      February 19, 2020 11:15 AM

      Chicken PAX

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      February 19, 2020 11:56 AM

      Not a pandemic. I don't believe it is currently even classified as an epidemic and only an outbreak. Those words have a very specific meaning.

      This is one situation where a thesaurus will only get you in trouble.

      I understand that this isn't a science or health news site, but I am big on trying not to spread misinformation..

      Oh, and everyone, wash your hands! ;)

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      February 19, 2020 12:05 PM

      Waiting for the inevitable PS5 world wide launch delay to get announced.

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        February 19, 2020 12:26 PM

        Wouldn't be surprised! I know it's a much smaller scale, but 3 board games I Kickstarted have already been hit with delays due to Corona Virus and the fact that there are several factories that are either still closed or operating at lesser capacity.

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        February 19, 2020 12:28 PM

        Given that Nintendo's said Switch supplies may be limited due to the conoravirus, this would not be a surprise (but same with Xbox)

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        February 19, 2020 12:45 PM

        Depends I think on how long production gets impacted. Because of Chinese New Year a lot of production on stuff only really starts spinning up again around this time of year anyway. So, the impact of places being shut down hasn’t truly started making a massive impact yet except on a lot of CTO stuff or items already in high demand as is. If this plays out another month or more then we’ll start really feeling.

        Those systems are far enough out though that real manufacturing spin up probably isn’t happening until early summer.

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        February 19, 2020 12:46 PM

        They should do a full year

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