Following weeks of rumors, the ESA has confirmed that E3 2021 is certainly taking place and might be an all-virtual occasion. Meaning the present will happen over the web as an alternative of on the LA Conference Middle and can run from June 12 by means of June 15.
The ESA didn’t present any particular particulars as to what the format of the occasion might be precisely. They solely say they’ll be working with media companions and builders to convey the newest games and bulletins on to gamers at no cost. We assume this implies a collection of livestreams however it’s exhausting to say what else the group has in retailer past that (regardless of the plans are, hopefully they may not less than impress Reggie Fils-Aime).
It additionally supplied the next quote:
“For greater than 20 years, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the most effective that the online game trade has to supply, whereas uniting the world by means of games,” mentioned Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA. “We’re evolving this 12 months’s E3 right into a extra inclusive occasion, however will nonetheless look to excite the followers with main reveals and insider alternatives that make this occasion the indispensable middle stage for video games.”
The ESA has additionally confirmed the next firms might be part of E3 2021:
- Take-Two Interactive
- Warner Bros. Video games
- Koch Media
You’ve possible seen that Sony is noticeably, although unsurprisingly, absent from that record. There’s at all times an opportunity that the corporate could be part of afterward, however that appears extremely unlikely on condition that they pulled out of the 2019 and 2020 editions in favor of hosting their very own occasions (and that was earlier than the pandemic compelled final 12 months’s present to cancel).
The ESA ends the press launch saying it hopes everybody will come collectively for E3 2022 in individual.
So there you’ve got it: E3 2021 is on. After a 12 months of publishers and builders being compelled to seek out various means for getting the phrase out on their games, whether or not that be showing in different digital occasions or just hosting their very own, it’ll be curious to see who decides that they nonetheless want E3’s platform and who decides that they’re higher off on their very own. Watching the present take form over the following month ought to be fascinating to observe.
What do you consider E3 adopting the digital format? What do you count on/hope to see on the occasion? Tell us within the feedback!