On Monday, Sony postponed a streamed event at which it was to showcase games tailored for new-generation PlayStation 5 consoles, stepping back amid growing unrest in US cities.
The digital showcase of PS5 games had been set for Thursday. The company did not indicate a new date for the online presentation.
The PlayStation team said in a tweeted message that “While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration. For now, we want to stand back and let more important voices be heard.”
The decision comes amid rising violence and racial tensions in response to the police killing of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd in an incident captured on video.
In a separate move, US video game maker Electronic Arts canceled plans for a streamed presentation this week devoted to a new Madden NFL 21 title based on US professional football.
California-based EA said that “We stand with our African-American/ Black community of friends, players, colleagues and partners. our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world.”
Cancellation of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo video game industry extravaganza in Los Angeles this month due to the pandemic prompted those planning announcements or presentations to schedule online events.
Sony is expected to unveil its PlayStation 5 console later this year.