E3 will return in 2021 as a “reimagined, all-virtual” event, organizers introduced Tuesday. E3 2021 will happen June 12-15, and can function content material from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) stated in a information launch.
Game builders and publishers will showcase their video games at E3 2021 “directly to fans around the world,” the ESA stated. E3 2021 content material might be free to entry, due to unannounced international media companions.
“We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games,” stated Stanley Pierre-Louis, president and CEO of the ESA.
While this 12 months’s E3 might be digital, organizers say they’re planning for an in-person E3 2022.
Last 12 months’s E3 was canceled as a result of international COVID-19 pandemic. The ESA canceled E3 2020 in March final 12 months, saying in an announcement on the time, “Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters.”
In the vacuum, sport publishers, media retailers, and different teams held a collection of smaller gaming occasions distributed all through the summer time and fall of 2020. Some of these occasions, like Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, are confirmed to return in 2021. Companies like Sony and Electronic Arts, which haven’t formally exhibited at E3 in years (and weren’t introduced as a part of this 12 months’s expo), will seemingly maintain their very own occasions untethered to the ESA’s plans.