While industries as a whole often engage in multi-day events as a chance to showcase the latest developments and news from the big players in its market (with the Las Vegas-hosted Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Los Angeles-hosted Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), and San Diego’s Comic-Con amongst the most notable in America), it seems as though Sony are attempting to pull of another single-brand special, which instead of the single day of announcements regularly organised by the likes of tablet computer makers Apple and Amazon, will be one that stretches over several days next month.
Set to be hosted in Scottsdale (Arizona, USA) Sony are returning for a similar event to one they held in the same location last year, with ‘Destination PlayStation 2013′ set to be held between 25-28 February.
The convention is set to host announcements of upcoming releases for games on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, with attendance mainly coming from games retailers looking to network and get the first deals on selling the upcoming software.
While this event could conceivably reveal new information on the number of upcoming of TV-related official video games that will be available on the PS3 (including South Park: The Stick of Truth and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct), the question on everyone’s lips will be whether there is a surprise early unveiling of the PlayStation 4 console, especially after the announcement that the PS2 is shutting down production in its home country of Japan.
However, the console, which is codenamed ‘Thebes’, and has a current development schedule to be revealed around a month before E3 2013 in June, may be held back until that date rather than an early announcement, with only ‘software reveals’ for PS3 and PSVita being revealed as part of the show.
If it is revealed, however, invited guests will be getting a lot more than they bargained for, and will most likely find out if Sony are going to fulfil their promise of allowing the ‘consumer-friendly’ pre-owned games trade to continue, and what the planned new Xbox from Microsoft (also due for a 2013 unveiling) has to compete against. Will it become the event of the year for video games, or just another run-of-the-mill ‘new games’ update?