It appears like E3 is making an attempt to go digital once more 12 months. A listing of proposed occasions within the are appears to verify the videogames convention won’t be returning to a live setting simply but.
A person on ResetEra noticed that an agenda for a assembly of the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development included a rundown of each upcoming event this 12 months in LA. Among them is E3, and written beside it’s “Cancelled live event in 2021”, adopted by affirmation that different means are being explored, in addition to licenses for 2022 and 2023.
None of that is stunning, circumstances haven’t materially modified a lot by way of journey since final 12 months, leaving large-scale occasions on the lurch nonetheless. An online version of E3 was attempted last year, however didn’t come collectively, and as a substitute we had the Summer Game Fest, that includes weekend after weekend (after weekend) of livestreamed occasions and conferences. This information corroborates a report from early February that the Electronic Software Association has already began placing collectively plans for 3 days of 12-hour livestreams to interchange the largest weekend in videogames.
We’ve had no scarcity of occasions this 12 months, both. BlizzCon 2021 has been and gone, giving us the official reveal of Diablo 2: Resurrected, a new trailer for Diablo 4, and extra, and the Epic Games Store had its own mini showcase. Geoff Keighley’s Summer Games Fest teased an imminent return, and the person himself noted the idea of a concentrated run of streams, somewhat than a protracted 4 months of showcases.
New 12 months. New colours.
— Summer Game Fest (@summergamefest) February 8, 2021
TennoCon 2021, from the makers of Warframe, is remaining purely online this year, too. E3 may be taking one other break from a bodily conference, however we’ll be listening to lots about upcoming games quickly nonetheless.