The ESA is alleged to be pushing forward with plans for a radically redesigned expo, this time all going down remotely.
The ESA, which organizes E3 yearly, is reportedly planning an enormous three-day digital occasion for E3 2021, with streamed recreation demos, panel showcases, keynote occasions, and extra. None of that is confirmed or concrete at this stage, however it seems there are main modifications afoot for the 2021 version of the present.
The pitch for the present has been despatched out to quite a few publishers, with VGC obtaining a copy containing all the small print. The occasion will happen between June 15-17 (which was confirmed after the show was cancelled in 2020) and be streamed dwell from 10 AM – 10 PM PST, with replays operating exterior of these hours for different areas. The ESA additionally makes point out of some “charity” occasions that may happen exterior of the primary exhibition hours.
The plan for every day includes a number of two-hour keynote classes centered on particular video games or publishers, with the potential for Q&A classes after every. The ESA additionally makes point out of a June 14 preview night time, extra streams for smaller video games, and showcases from a variety of publishers, influencers, and media.
E3 2021 may also reportedly give media entry to video games the week earlier than the occasion, with the expo supplemented by previews that launch together with the keynotes. There’s additionally the potential for demos and public entry to video games by way of shopper platforms (just like the Summer season Sport Fest demos on Steam final yr).
Lengthy-time E3 collaborator Geoff Keighley quit working on E3 2020 after inventive variations over its course (with the present ultimately being cancelled), and VGC stories that he is not going to be again in 2021. As an alternative, Keighley will reportedly proceed engaged on one other iteration of the Summer Game Fest for 2021.
Publishers might want to purchase into this new course from the ESA, which could be the present’s largest hurdle. VGC stories that at the least one main video games firm talked about that the ESA is in search of a six-figure sum to be included in E3 2021’s programming. The ESA has additionally not dominated out the opportunity of a bodily occasion this yr both however is alleged to be squarely centered on the digital occasion contemplating the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
The ESA consists of members from across the trade, with a lot of the largest publishers within the enterprise nonetheless concerned. These embody the likes of Microsoft, PlayStation, Epic Video games, Activision Blizzard, EA, and extra. Some had been already staging their very own occasions throughout E3, nonetheless, with Microsoft internet hosting its personal occasion on the Microsoft Theatre in LA, EA internet hosting EA Play in Hollywood, and Sony skipping the occasion completely in 2019.
The ESA confirmed that it’s pursuing a digital occasion in 2021 in a press release to GameSpot, stating that extra particulars will likely be revealed quickly.
“We will verify that we’re reworking the E3 expertise for 2021 and can quickly share actual particulars on how we’re bringing the worldwide online game group collectively,” the assertion reads. “We’re having nice conversations with publishers, builders and firms throughout the board, and we sit up for sharing particulars about their involvement quickly.”