Final 12 months’s E3 was additionally canceled on account of COVID, with a number of publishers holding their very own digital occasions, as a substitute.
We had been actually hoping issues would change sufficient for it to not be the case, but it surely appeared largely inevitable. E3 2021 has been canceled, at the least in its conventional kind, with the Board of Los Angeles Division of Conference and Tourism Improvement Commissioners planning some kind of digital substitute to be broadcast from town.
The information, shared by VGC and obtainable as a part of an 84-page presentation on the city’s official website, lists E3 2021 as a “canceled reside occasion in 2021,” with potential broadcast choices at LA Dwell and/or the Los Angeles Conference Heart. The identical replace says town continues to be engaged on the license for the subsequent two years’ conferences.
We did already know that the ESA was contemplating doing a really totally different kind of E3 for 2021, per a statement it gave to GameSpot earlier this month. The group mentioned it was “reworking the E3 expertise for 2021” and added that it will share particulars on publishers’ involvement within the occasion quickly.
Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime didn’t sound too keen on the ESA’s plans, saying in an interview with Gamertag Radio that it did not sound prefer it may replicate what the standard E3 did when it comes to really letting individuals play video games. Geoff Keighley tried to do that with a separate Summer Game Fest occasion final 12 months, giving viewers an opportunity to additionally strive demos for video games they noticed.
With E3 2020 canceled final 12 months, corporations like Microsoft and Ubisoft opted for separate, unaffiliated shows the place they introduced information video games and gave demonstrations. They had been unfold out considerably greater than the standard E3 conferences, which occur over only a few days.
Holding an in-person E3 occasion this 12 months could be particularly harmful if the present had caught with its open-to-the-public strategy that started just a few years in the past. Previous to this, it was an industry-only occasion, however gamers had been capable of purchase tickets and attend starting in 2017.