The full cancellation of E3 2020 was a huge blow to the gaming community who spend most of the year looking forward to what games will be showcased and revealed at the annual event. The event not taking place also made developers question how effective E3 actually is a showcase now, with some opting to move towards their own personal showcase events instead.
But, like with many other high key events such as the gaming BAFTAs, there were rumors circulating that the E3 event could be held in an online capacity. The conferences and presentations would still take place, but it would all be carried out on a pre-recorded video rather than live in the auditoriums. E3 2021 will run June 15-17 but what is the fate of E3 2020? Well, to put it simply, it just won’t happen.
Bethesda has already confirmed they will not hold an online event and Microsoft is planning to launch a showcase tonight with the main focus being on their exclusive range of games.
An E3 rep stated how:
“Given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June. Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on www.E3expo.com, in the coming months. We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a reimagined E3 that will highlight new offerings and thrill our audiences.”
Some E3 reps have started to confirm the dates for E3 2021, but it is widely believed that the event will most certainly be taking place despite the skepticism from some of the publishers and developers who would usually be expected to attend the conference. Individual digital presentations of E3 2020 are still in the pipeline and the E3 are more than confident those who choose to carry out their own showcase will present all the footage and announcements they will have wanted to portray in the main event itself.
E3 will be heavily missed this year.
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