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Sony PAX East 2020 Plans Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns

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Things won’t go as expected for those excited about the Sony PAX East 2020 demos. The company announced that it won’t be attending the Boston gaming convention later this month. Concerns about the coronavirus have caused the company to pull out.

The official statement was made on the same PlayStation Blog entry that, earlier in February 2020, revealed all of the playable demos people would have been able to find at the Sony PAX East 2020 booth.

Here is the statement from Content Communications Manager Justin Massongill:

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.

Quite a few first and third-party games were going to appear at the Sony PAX East 2020 booth. The Last of Us Part II demo was going to appear and give people about an hour long look at Ellie’s adventure. Persona 5 Royal and Trials of Mana demos were also going to appear there.

PAX East 2020 will be held February 27-March 1, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Jenni Lada
Jenni is Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera and has been playing games since getting access to her parents' Intellivision as a toddler. She continues to play on every possible platform and loves all of the systems she owns. (These include a PS4, Switch, Xbox One, WonderSwan Color and even a Vectrex!) You may have also seen her work at GamerTell, Cheat Code Central, Michibiku and PlayStation LifeStyle.