E3 2021 dates announced, but there’s still no word about the 2020 ‘online experience’
The cancellation of E3 2020 got here as a blow to recreation firms and followers alike, and it additionally introduced into query the longer-term way forward for the occasion, as recreation publishers made strikes towards holding their very own, direct-to-consumer on-line exhibits. As one trade analyst identified, if publishers are in a position to efficiently attain followers immediately, what is the level of getting E3 within the first place?
Regardless of that, and the uncertainties about what is going on to occur over the subsequent 12 months, the Leisure Software program Affiliation is planning on going forward with the present subsequent 12 months. As reported by Gamesindustry.biz, the ESA informed companions over the weekend that E3 2021 will run June 15-17, presumably preceded by just a few days of pre-E3 press conferences held by main publishers. 2021 will even be a “reimagined” E3, in accordance with the report, though particulars on how it is going to be modified weren’t revealed.
Following the cancellation of E3 2020, a number of particular person publishers, together with Microsoft, Ubisoft, E3, and Devolver Digital both dedicated to, or stated they’re contemplating, separate on-line occasions within the absence of E3; Bethesda, sadly, confirmed final week that it’s going to not maintain its annual digital showcase this 12 months.
Sadly, the ESA didn’t present any updates by itself plan for a web-based alternative for E3 2020. When it introduced the cancellation in March, the ESA stated that it was “exploring choices with our members to coordinate a web-based expertise to showcase trade bulletins and information in June 2020,” however nothing extra has been stated about it.
I’ve reached out to the ESA for extra data, and can replace if I obtain a reply.
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