Jack Tretton, a familiar E3 face to many gamers, still will be at the show even after leaving his job as president of Sony Computer Entertainment America. He'll be a special correspondent for Spike TV's coverage of the expo.
Geoff Keighley, host of Spike's daylong "All Access" show on June 9 at E3, revealed Tretton's involvement via Twitter. He'll be an analyst for the news conferences that dominate the day before the show floor opens.
In the past, Tretton had been the host of Sony's late-evening blowout, including a raucous presentation last year that went hard after rival Microsoft. Tretton later appeared with Keighley on GameTrailers TV to ceremonially drop the microphone, which he referenced in a statement to Kotaku.
"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."
Tretton left Sony in March. He joined Sony Computer Entertainment America at its birth in 1995 and presented Sony's last seven E3 news conferences. He recently joined the advisory board for a startup company developing artificial intelligence. He also was the 2011 champion of the World Poker Tour's Silicon Valley Poker Challenge.