Sony no longer attending PAX East due to coronavirus concerns

Sony has announced that it will no longer be attending PAX East later this month due to “increasing concerns” related to the coronavirus.   

The platform holder previously announced plans to offer hands-on time with a number of upcoming titles across the shows four days, including Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last of Us Part II, Nioh 2, and Persona 5 Royal.

“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”),” an update on the PlayStation Blog reads. “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.”

PAX East organizers ReedPOP and Penny Arcade later posted a message on the PAX website stating that the event will still go ahead “with enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the show, including adhering to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus.”

PAX East 2020 takes place in Boston, MA, from February 27th through March 1st.

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