Following its tease final week, the Leisure Software program Affiliation has now formally introduced plans for what it’s calling a “reimagined” and “all-virtual” E3 2021.
Various the largest names in gaming have already signed as much as help the present in some capability, together with Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros., and Koch Media. The ESA mentioned extra firms will be a part of later. It stays to be seen, nevertheless, if PlayStation and EA will be a part of the ranks; they haven’t attended E3 in an official capability in years.
When Is E3 2021:
E3 2021 will happen June 12-15, and it will likely be utterly digital. The ESA’s earlier assertion left some wiggle room for there to be a bodily part, however the group is now saying it will likely be a totally digital present.
What’s Totally different For E3 2021:
Before everything, E3 2021 is a totally digital present, so there isn’t any bodily side to it that followers can attend in particular person. The occasion was, for a very long time, solely open to builders, press, and different credentialed members of the business. In current, pre-pandemic years, the occasion opened to the general public, marking a giant change for the annual occasion. In 2021, E3 is attempting to succeed in much more individuals than ever with its digital format.
The ESA mentioned builders will showcase the “newest information and video games on to followers around the globe” within the new digital format. The ESA added that it’ll work with media companions to broadcast the present, which can be obtainable to everybody free of charge. That is a vital line partially as a result of one report claimed the ESA was contemplating charging for some parts of the present. Nonetheless, it stays to be seen what degree of promoting and promotional partnerships may exist for E3 2021.
ESA president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis mentioned E3 2021 will proceed to be a big, newsworthy occasion, even regardless of the brand new all-digital format.
“For greater than twenty years, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the very best that the online game business has to supply, whereas uniting the world by way of video games,” he mentioned. “We’re evolving this yr’s E3 right into a extra inclusive occasion, however will nonetheless look to excite the followers with main reveals and insider alternatives that make this occasion the indispensable heart stage for video video games.”
The ESA mentioned E3 2021’s new digital construction will permit “extra individuals than ever” to take part. The group acknowledged that E3 is greater than a spot for giant bulletins; it’s traditionally been a discussion board by way of which individuals within the business type connections and partnerships. This can be maintained in some capability, the ESA mentioned, although no additional particulars can be found.
Regardless of E3 2021 solely being about three months off, the ESA’s announcement was mild on particulars relating to the precise format and construction of the present. We don’t know something but about how the occasion will really play out, or what the every day programming will appear to be.
E3 2021 additionally will not be the one present on the town this summer time, as video games media veteran Geoff Keighley is internet hosting his personal Summer season Recreation Fest, additionally in June, whereas different publishers could maintain their very own particular person briefings over the approaching months within the lead as much as the vacations. Right here at GameSpot, we’re bringing again our Play For All occasion. It will cowl the large gaming occasions this summer time together with our personal reside show–more particulars to come back quickly!
E3 2022 Will Be A Bodily Present Once more
It’s nonetheless early days, however the ESA mentioned it plans to carry E3 2022 as an in-person occasion subsequent yr. The group mentioned nothing extra about subsequent yr’s occasion, so we’ll have to attend to be taught extra.