Earlier today it was confirmed that E3 2020 would not be taking place due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
Following the news, Xbox top dog Phil Spencer took to Twitter to announce that the Microsoft team will be hosting their own digital event, in lieu of E3.
He tweeted: “E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. Given this decision, this year we’ll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks.”
Considering the next generation of consoles – the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X – are due to drop later this year, it makes sense that Microsoft is still looking for an outlet to show off its wares.
As for Sony, the company had already ducked out of E3 for the second time in as many years. It’s presumed that Sony will also be having a dedicated event to show off the upcoming PS5.
In a statement on E3 2020’s cancellation, the ESA issued the following statement: “After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.
“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. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.”
Interestingly, E3 may still take place – albeit in a digital form. The statement from the ESA continues: “We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3expo.com.”
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