Final yr’s E3 was additionally canceled attributable to COVID, with a number of publishers holding their very own digital occasions, as an alternative.
It is information that is not significantly stunning, nevertheless it was all however inevitable. E3 2021 has been canceled as an in-person occasion, with the Board of Los Angeles Division of Conference and Tourism Improvement Commissioners planning some kind of digital alternative to be broadcast from town.
The information, shared by VGC and out there as a part of an 84-page presentation on the city’s official website, lists E3 2021 as a “canceled dwell occasion in 2021,” with potential broadcast choices at LA Dwell and/or the Los Angeles Conference Middle. 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 stated it was “reworking the E3 expertise for 2021” and added that it might share particulars on publishers’ involvement within the occasion quickly.
With E3 2020 canceled final yr, 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 everyday E3 conferences, which happen over just some days.
Holding an in-person E3 occasion this yr can be particularly harmful if the present had caught with its open-to-the-public method 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.