The Leisure Software program Affiliation has introduced (through GamesIndustry.biz) that E3 2021 shall be happening and that it’ll occupy its conventional June slot, particularly working from June 15 to June 17, 2021.
The organizer has stated it’s planning a ‘reimagined’ occasion for subsequent yr, although what this may contain isn’t solely clear simply but. The ESA’s want to do one thing completely different isn’t solely shocking although, given it has been robbed of its alternative to ‘shake things up’ in 2020 because it had needed and E3 itself has, lately, had its relevancy referred to as into query.
Earlier than its cancellation, this yr’s present was proving significantly troublesome with Sony announcing that it wouldn’t be attending for the second time, retail and manufacturing accomplice iam8bit resigning and business veteran Geoff Keighley saying that he wouldn’t be producing his E3 Coliseum occasion.
On the time of E3 2020’s cancellation, the ESA stated it was “exploring choices” to try to “coordinate a web-based expertise to showcase business bulletins and information in June 2020.” For the time being, there’s no replace on this digital occasion happening.
Phil Spencer has, nevertheless, stated on Twitter that Microsoft shall be internet hosting some type of Xbox digital occasion as an alternative and Ubisoft has additionally stated it is trying into some form of digital occasion. Nintendo, which historically broadcasts a livestream for E3 bulletins anyway, has said it’s “contemplating numerous methods to interact with our followers and could have extra to share because the yr continues.”
In the meantime, IGN has announced it plans to host a “Summer time of Gaming” occasion in early June 2020 with writer partnerships that embrace Sq. Enix, Sega, 2K, Amazon, Google, Devolver Digital and THQ Nordic. The occasion, which ought to fill the gaming information gap, will embrace “writer shows with IGN pre- and post-discussions, distant developer interviews, hands-on demos and preview impressions, gameplay, and information segments recapping the largest bulletins.”
These in mourning for E3 2020 now, not less than, have one thing to place within the calendar for subsequent summer time.