Curiously, Sony is taking a major left turn at E3 2018 this year. Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Worldwide Studios, has confirmed its E3 press conference will be adopting a different format. Just four first-party titles will be shown in deep dives, although there will be third-party titles on show during the PlayStation showcase.

Those four games will be Death Stranding, Ghosts of Tsushima, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us Part II. The only other two big games we know about that are missing from the line-up are Dreams and Days Gone, although these are perhaps being reserved for Gamescom or PlayStation Experience in December.

“E3 this year will feature exclusive looks and deep dives on four upcoming Sony Worldwide Studios titles,” said Layden on the PlayStation Blogcast. “Four of our big titles. We have great content, fantastic updates, I think everyone will be thrilled to see it, and we’re taking kind of a different angle how we’re bringing it out.

“And just as a reminder, those titles are going to be Death Stranding, from Kojima Productions - we’ve got a complete new report for everybody around what’s happening with that title. The new Sucker Punch title, Ghosts of Tsushima. We’re going to deep dive on where the team is up to with that. For them to take on Ghosts, and all the ambition around that, you will not be disappointed when you see that.

“Of course, there’s also our partnership with Insomniac Games and their title Marvel Spiderman. We’re going to have a new drop for everybody at E3 at the media event. You’ll be blown away.

“The fab fourth of the event will be the sequel to The Last of Us, from Naughty Dog. We'll have a full new scope and treatment on that to show progress with the game and give fans a better understanding of where we’re going with the game.”

This is all straight out of a Sony exec’s mouth, so we have little reason to doubt it. It will mean that we will go into Sony’s PlayStation press conference at E3 2018 knowing there won’t be any surprises. Which is, well, odd.

This leaves us with pretty much two scenarios. The first is that Sony simply doesn’t have any new games ready to show. Guerrilla only finished up work on Horizon last year, Sony Santa Monica released God of War in April, etc. The other scenario, if I were to put my tinfoil hat on for a moment, is that this is all Sony is planning to show because this is basically it for first-party exclusives on the PlayStation 4. The decks may have been cleared and the rest of Sony’s studios have already been moved over to the PS5, making a next-gen console launch in 2019 a distinct possibility.

What are your thoughts on Sony’s plans for E3 2018? Do you think this suggests a new console may be right around the corner? Let us know!