E3 was one of the major events that suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, and after considering a digital event during the lockdown, it was ultimately cancelled altogether. Many developers presented their own online reveals throughout the year. However, E3 plans to return this year digitally, and will highlight live press conferences and a four-day long stream of the latest games.
Confirmed publishers attending so far are Nintendo, Capcom, Xbox, Konami, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media. Two of the most notable absences are EA and Sony. However, with Sony skipping the last two years of E3, the company’s choice to avoid it isn’t surprising. Sony knows it can create plenty of hype through its State of Play presentations. What’s interesting about E3 returning this June is the competition it may encounter from Geoff Keighley’s planned Summer Game Fest, which also has plans to feature new game reveals from developers in a digital format.
WELCOME BACK! It’s been hard waiting quietly as we got ready for today, but we are thrilled to officially announce our plans for June 12th-15th!
— E3 (@E3) April 6, 2021
When E3 was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, many people began speculating at just how important conventions like E3 truly are in the video game industry. They also realized just how fragile they can be. While it’s wonderful to bring back a beloved platform to celebrate games, the big question is this: Will developers make their big reveals here? Many are doubtful. It’ll be interesting to see how the event fares this summer.
While Summer Game Fest is a generalized “celebration of games,” E3 will contain various levels of access, “including special programming specifically for industry professionals, publishers, media, influencers and fans.”
E3 launches June 12th-15th. For more info on registration and account types, visit E3’s official website.