E3 2020 may have been cancelled because of the global pandemic, but this year would be different. The Electronic Software Association has announced its plans for its first-ever digital E3.
Those confirmed to appear in the event are Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media. Sony shows no sign of joining the event from 12 to 15 June just like it did last year even before it was cancelled.
Besides Sony, EA will also be missing 2021’s E3 as the company has plans to host its own EA Play events during the same time. Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, Tencent, 505, and Activision Blizzard are some of the major companies that have declined to grace the event.
The ESA makes clear that the list of partners marks “early commitments”, therefore, other publishers and developers are still more than welcome to join the event at a later date.
After the announcement of E3 2021’s continuation, the show would return as a digital-only event. According to their website, the digital E3 promises “live press conferences and a four-day long video stream,” and states that it will be a “reimagined and hyper-engaged digital experience.”
Not much information about the show is released as of this moment, other than the event being entirely free. ESA President Stanley Pierre-Louis said through a press release, “[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 centre stage for video games.”
Despite having only little details about E3 2021, what we know for sure is that this event will be a new experience for all.