After quite a lot of leaks final week relating to The ESA’s plans for E3 this 12 months, the organizers have lastly confirmed E3 2021 and began revealing the primary official particulars in regards to the occasion. E3 2021—rebranded because the “Electronic Entertainment Experience,” no less than for this 12 months—is occurring June 12-15 as an all-digital occasion. This is the first official confirmation we’ve seen of the physical event being canceled, although it was just about a foregone conclusion.
WELCOME BACK! It’s been exhausting ready quietly as we acquired prepared for at present, however we’re thrilled to formally announce our plans for June 12th-15th!
— E3 (@E3) April 6, 2021
Confirmed exhibitors to date embody Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media. Notably absent from that listing are Sony, Activision Blizzard, Square Enix, EA, Bandai Namco, and extra. While a few of these publishers might find yourself being late signal ons, it’s unlikely that Sony will take part in E3 2021. The firm first stepped away from E3 in 2019, and once more introduced its intentions to not take part in E3 2020 earlier than the present was in the end canceled.
Reports have additionally indicated that confirmed exhibitors may be exhibiting some assist for The ESA and E3 whereas saving their biggest reveals and announcements for their own independent shows outdoors of E3 2021, quite than as a part of the digital occasion.
Previous studies had hinted that The ESA might be working on including on-demand demos as part of a paid premium experience, however these plans seem to have been scrapped. In a statement to VGC, who requested in regards to the on-demand demos that have been pitched to potential exhibitors, a spokesperson mentioned, “We explored many possibilities with our partners, sponsors and industry participants in the creation of E3 2021. This year, we are focused on delivering multiple days of amazing programming that showcases the video game industry, with a new online portal and supporting app that will include tons of features such as customizable profiles, on-demand content, gamification, real-time activity feeds and more. We’ll build off of the success of 2021 and continue to look into new ways of showcasing the industry in 2022.”
The ESA’s announcement doesn’t dive into any further particulars about what the “reimagined” present will embody, apart from broad hints at “live press conferences and a four day long video stream,” in addition to obvious “gamification” of the occasion by way of the E3 app, however with simply two months to go till E3 2021 kicks off, we will count on to listen to extra particulars quickly.