It’s like saying that ice is cold at this point, but 2020 was a bit of a blunder of a year that saw a whole host of events and releases get delayed or outright cancelled. One such event that got binned was E3, the annual gaming convention that brings about comments like ‘Half-Life 3 will absolutely be announced, why else would crowbar sales have gone up by 0.3% this year?’.
Irritating attempts at humour aside, the ESA has announced that E3 will be taking place this year, albeit in an all-digital form, between June 12-15. So far it’s been announced that Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, Koch Media have all made ‘early commitments’ to be present during the digital event, though we don’t know exactly what that will entail just yet.
Stanley Pierre-Louis, the President & CEO of the ESA, had this to say about E3 2021 within a press statement:
For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games. We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.
The event itself will be free to watch and will feature live conferences and a 4-day long video stream to keep you up to date. Though the attendance list is surely not final, there are some sizeable omissions. It’s no big surprise that Sony has decided to stay separated from the event, but the lack of EA, Square Enix and Activision Blizzard is interesting. As I said, that could all change in the lead-up, but regardless we will keep you posted.
What are your thoughts on the all-digital E3? Will you be watching along? Let us know.