Well, this should be interesting. Jack Tretton, the former boss for all of PlayStation's business in America and the man who led numerous E3 PlayStation press conferences — including last year's thunderous one — will be spending E3 2014 press conference day talking about Sony's, EA's, Ubisoft's and even Microsoft's grand stage shows.
That news comes from Geoff Keighley, who has secured Tretton as a "special correspondent" for Spike TV's "All Access" June 9 marathon coverage of the year's biggest day of gaming news. Tretton will be providing his analysis for each of the day's big press conferences. As in years past, Keighley will anchor coverage and will welcome other panelists, including industry analyst Michael Pachter and, as in years past, editors of the site you're reading right now.
For those not in the know, press conference day is usually a huge day for gaming news. Microsoft and Sony both run hour-plus stage shows that tell people what to expect from Xbox and PlayStation for the year to come. EA and Ubisoft run shorter but often newsworthy showcases as well. (Nintendo traditionally would put on a stage show the morning after but has switched since last year to offering a streamed digital show instead.)
Coverage of the big June 9 events will begin at noon eastern on Spike, leading into the Microsoft press conference, with EA, Ubisoft and Sony's to follow. That will be 11 hours of coverage, running on Spike TV through 5pm and embedded on websites, including GameTrailers.com, Spike.com and Kotaku for the full run. It will be on Xbox Live, too.
Here's Tretton: "Since I dropped the mic last year on Spike I thought it was only appropriate to pick it back up for E3 this year! I've been to every E3 but this year I'm excited to see the show through a different lens with the team at Spike. I'll be watching the news and announcements unfold alongside the fans and the rest of the industry, and I can't wait to see the new games that everyone is bringing to the table."
Technically, it was more of a mic toss, Jack, but, still, this will be fun.