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shikamaru317 said:
Random_Matt said:
Right call, E3 is irrelevant now.

E3 had record breaking views on Twitch last year and had the largest attendance since 2005. But yeah, it's irrelevant now just because Sony backed out, lol. Trust me dude, Sony only backed out because their conference last year was poorly received and because almost all of their unannounced in development games are for PS5, which they don't want to announce yet. They will be back in 2020, mark my words. 

I agree though that it was smart for EA not to do a conference this year though, EA's conference last year was a total clusterf*ck, and they have even less games to announce this year. 

This was my first thought, and I still agree with it,  but I'd argue it goes beyond even that. They're aware that every-time an EA spokesperson gets a mic, they destroy themselves and fail to accomplish anything of substance. EA's PR is a bad joke. Command & Conquer, BFV, Battlefront 2, etc.

Apex Legends was sort of an anomaly because not only can I not think of a single upcoming EA title I'm genuinely interested in purchasing, but Apex took off in part because how little it's association with EA was advertised.

And that's the state of the company. Customers see the logo and they (rightly imo) assume the worst. Respawn's no fanfare release of a free to play game was the only way for anything new to trail-blaze.