Michael Pachter: Who Cares What Sony Will Announce At E3?

“If you ever want to look at the ten biggest disappointments from E3 of all time, they would all be from Sony’s press conferences.”

Posted By | On 19th, Mar. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


I recently had the chance to sit down with Michael Pachter, the well known analyst with Wedbush Securities, who is known for his outspoken opinions. We ended up talking about a lot of things, and during the course of the interview, I decided to ask him about E3 in general, and what he thinks Sony may announce at the event this Summer. Especially after how great Sony’s E3 went last year, does Pachter expect them to have a memorable showing this year as well?

According to Pachter, the question is meaningless- Sony may have the best showing at E3, but in the long run, that doesn’t matter, because what they show and what they release are two very different things.

The Last Guardian for the fifteenth time? Is that coming out? Do we have a date yet?” Pachter laughed, before elaborating on why he isn’t too enthusiastic about Sony’s showing.

“I gotta say, if you ever want to look at the ten biggest disappointments from E3 of all time, they would all be from Sony’s press conferences,” he said. “And by disappointment, I don’t necessarily mean something bad happening at Sony’s conference- i mean something was announced which never showed up. I remember the PlayStation 3 press conference, before the PS3 ever came out, and they actually showed one of the characters from Red Dead Redemption… it was clearly a western from Rockstar, and Read Dead Redemption came out in 2010.

“So… who cares what Sony will show at E3 this year? It probably means it won’t come out some time in the near future anyway. So, they could probably showcase The Last of Us 2, and say that’s coming ‘sometime,’” he concluded. He speculated that Sony will probably have a big blowout for PlayStation VR at E3 this year, which sounds likely- but in the end, he didn’t seem to be too fussed about the games Sony may or may not show off this year.

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  • Cypher-Unknown

    So Sony make announcements that never happen…coming from a guy that makes predictions that never happen.

    Good game, Patcher. Good game.

    • While I don’t like Pachter either… he didn’t quite say that. He said that often the games come WAY later, or end up being very different from their initial E3 showing.

      And I have to admit, he’s not too far off the block. It’s not very often Sony show something we can look forward to in the near future. They show amazing stuff, and I eat up every minute of it. But look at things like Agent as an example. Or Shenmue 3 to be more recent. That wont make it until 2017 at the EARLIEST. Or FFVII remake, another 2017 game.

      They often show off things way down the line rather than “coming soon” stuff. Which sucks, but at the same time, Sony has like 6 other main line events to show off their stuff. E3 is about BIG announcements. And everything I mentioned was a BIG announcement.

    • Greetingsfriend

      It’s an issue with the industry, in general. Quantum Break was announced, almost, 3 years ago. Alan Wake too forever. Witcher 3 took over 2 years from announce to release.

    • Daniel Lawson

      Microsoft generally only shows one or two games that are not planed be released in the current calendar year

    • Connor Hotzwik

      Well to be fair Microsoft tends to only have one or two games of their own to show.
      Recent years not withstanding.

    • HisDivineOrder

      Remedy has never released a game in the same year as its original release date. They are the delay masters.

    • extermin8or2

      Sony shows at least two or three big AAA games every year pretty much that will release within about 18 months, usually it’s within 12. I would expect to see suckered punches new game for example and for it to release next spring. We already know about horizon zeroes dawn from last e3 and it’s due for release this fall. The last guardian is also due later this year finally. That’s the exception to the rule, I’d say the games that take longer than 12-18 months to release are generally third party and outside of sony’s direct control. E3 is a show about the next year-end and a half. Patches is just a pratt.

    • Horizon Zero Dawn still doesn’t have a date other than “2016” So it could EASILY be pushed back, but that’s one I can’t wait to get my hands on. The Last Guardian doesn’t even come CLOSE to counting in that 12-18 month count… that’s just ridiculous.

      So sticking to your 12-18 months deal, I’ll go back to E3 2014 since it’s been that time frame, and I’ll be fair and only stick to the games that were first announced, as games that were announced prior don’t fit that timeline. Shall we;

      Grim Fandango Remastered – 6 months

      LittleBigPlanet 3 – 5 months… I honestly forgot this was announced and released so quickly… you’re on a role here lol

      Rainbow Six Siege – Pretty much 18 months exactly

      Entwined… 0 days

      Let it die – Still no release date other than “2016”

      Dead Island 2 – Still no release date other than “2016” Will probably be delayed due to it’s development issues

      Bloodborne – 9 months

      Abzu – Still no release date other than “2016”

      No Man’s Sky – Will be released 24 months after announcement

      Okay so… its a 5-4 match up. I skipped the games that had been announced previously in some way, leaked or otherwise officially announced in some capacity.

      This was a closer race than I had anticipated. HOWEVER, my original comment “explaining” Pachters words did also include that he said many games don’t quite turn out to be what they originally said they would be. Either way, it’d say this was pretty much a draw of a “debate” (is that what this was?). *Shrugs*

      I honestly just hope more developers get into the habit of announcing games closer to release the way Bethesda did with Fallout 4. SUCH a better way of doing things. They can shock the crowd AND keep the hype until release no matter what. Just look at how well that game sold. This whole 18 months to 2 years out thing needs to stop. Imo anyways.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Sony claimed they would have games on the PS4 in 2013.

      It’s 2016 and there are still no games.

      Bravia Sony.


    • Cypher-Unknown

      Well, that was….special.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Still no games on PS4

    • Cypher-Unknown

      Yes. This is, without a doubt, most definitely correct.

  • Andy Maas

    I agree

  • Alistein

    This year’s E3 is all about NX.

    • Sunny11

      Lol nope, never buying a Nintendo console at launch again

  • HAppY_KrAToS

    *last-minute Scoop*! Massive spoiler ahead!

    *Pachter, an American analyst, isn’t too excited about a Japanese brand*

  • Markis Anthony

    Sony’s always had E3s that were underwhelming. What they show and what they eventually released have always been controversial. Smoke and mirrors. Bait and switch. Its the backbone of such a shady company.Its too bad the rest of the gaming media don’t call such a shady company out. it is what it is though. Which is why 2 1/2 years into its life the PS4 is already receiving a hardware upgrade instead of showing tons of great 1st party games. Sony,once again is only interested in going for your wallet instead of good consumer faith.

    • Michael

      Sony is too focused on that dollar. Their fans believe anything they tell them. You have sites like n4g that have members who are also journalist paid to spread negativity about anything not sony related. Now it’s all about hyping up vr. My prediction is it will fail just like before. I’m still waiting on them to support the vita…lol

    • elnino

      Your tears are delicious Xboy

    • Joe Cool

      You like xbox, yes??

    • Michael

      Those are your own tears. Patcher is just telling the truth.sony sucks when it comes to e3.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      It’s a good job we have idiots like you around to keep the masses enlightened!

    • Mr Xrat

      Don’t you Xgimps ever have an original thought, or are you too intellectually incapable?

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Considering Sonyscum just rehash what Nintendo does, only worse. You don’t have any to begin with

      Remember when people laughed at the Vita and you cried all night on /v/? Good times 🙂


  • Michael

    Have to agree with patcher on this. Sony is the king of blowing smoke. They’re e3 always sucks and their games never look as good as their reveals. MS will have a better e3 . They always do. Sony is gonna be focused on VR. A old tech that is destined fail once again.

  • Bobby Griffin

    Sony hasn’t had a good e3 in 5 years.

  • elnino

    The same ‘analyst’ who predicted that The Order:1886 would sell 10 million units

  • Novacell

    I thought Rockstar was a third party developer, and as such, Sony has little sway as to when their games come out.

  • Drithe

    This site should be disregarded just for even talking to this idiot.

  • ObsessedGeorge

    For me, if Sony focuses the press conference on VR, I’m gonna be very disappointed. I will not blame them though, they gotta sell their VR products.

  • Dotcum22

    This is the news X1 fanboys were waiting for…
    Sad thing is it came from Patcher

  • Crapgamer

    Eurogamer basically came out and said the same thing. Last year so many people gave Sony the “win”, but if you look at what they announced and when/if we’ll see it…
    1.The Last Guardian—-still no new footage or release date.
    2.Horizon—still no real info or release date.
    3.Shenmue 3—2018?
    4.Final Fantasy 7 remake—–? Multiplatform game that is now episodic.
    Vaporware at its finest, Sony are very good at tugging on the heartstrings without actually giving you anything.

    • Penny

      Hi 🙂

    • Robert

      Sony announces games that releases in 3 to 4 years lol

    • Mr Xrat

      MS announces games that never release.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Like Eight Days and Rime 🙂

    • Mr Xrat

      So many people gave Sony the win because they revealed games people wanted to play against MS’ overhyped and underdelivered features, lardo. 🙂

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Two multiplatforms also on PC and the Duke Nukem Forever years after the talent left studio japan while the rest of the show was TVTVTV DEWRITOS COD ALSO ON PC.

      Memories are all you have because everyone laughs at the neogimp losers for being so pathetic that they made a Kickstarter a big announcement.

      PC gaming won E3 last year. 🙂

  • Orionsangel

    Hey Sony, how about announcing a ton of awesome new games for the PS4 and enough with the dumb downed games that cater to some new gimmicky technology that only rich people can afford.

  • Hvd

    well psx was a fail.what could sony announce at e3 ps4.5?will they just show off games they delayed till 2017?what could they announce maybe 1 new ip or something?

  • Robert


  • Mr Xrat

    Pretty much. Last E3 for MS ended up being a bust for them and with MS’ gradual withdrawal from being a serious player in consoles I expect next E3 to be a begging session to PC gamers.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      The Last Guardian: Duke Nukem Forever
      Shenmue 3: Kickstarter was horribly managed. Also on PC. No one cares and Sonycucks begging Sega to give them games. LOL
      FF remake: Episodic. Timed exclusive. Also on PC.
      Horizon: Delayed to 2017 and so bad a framerate it’s going to be downgraded
      Everything else: TVTVTV SPORTS COD MAPS ALSO ON PC https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfcd3121053952c1f31b5e4171bad7a3baee1511edd394ed6e4e645fd8197e97.jpg

      The tears when Nintendo annhilates Sony and it’s VR Motion control and spy cam wagglefest will be hilarious never mind everything worthwhile coming on PC. Ruggarell your tears will be as nourishing as ever 🙂

  • freddy_uk

    *YAWWWWN* not this guy again.
    we get it Michael Patcher your a prat that doesn’t like playstation. now shhhh

  • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®


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