Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, will kick off this year’s DICE Summit in Las Vegas with an opening keynote, organizers announced Thursday.
While they couldn’t say what his topic will be, the theme of this year’s summit is “Trailblazers” and is meant to discuss the game industry’s biggest ideas and trends.
Last year’s keynote by Microsoft’s Phil Spencer turned into a call for more inclusivity and an end to toxicity in video games. The keynote was a powerful call to arms delivered to a gathering of game development luminaries.
It’s unknown if Layden will use the opportunity to address bigger issues in the game industry or if it will remain focused on ideas and trends, an excellent opportunity to perhaps lay the groundwork for news of a new PlayStation sometime later this year.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, which hosts the annual summit, also announced three other speakers for the February event.