E3 2022 has officially been canceled. Previously, it was planned that a hosted digital-only event would take place in lieu of the usual physical showcase. However, the ESA (the group that runs E3) has confirmed that the event will not take happen in any form.
A spokesperson for the ESA reported to VentureBeat the E3 will return in 2023 with a ” “reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations.”
The spokesperson’s statement goes further to say: “We previously announced that E3 would not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19. Today, we announce that there will also be no digital E3 showcase in 2022. Instead, we will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience.”
The ESA also made it clear that E3 2023 will be held in Los Angeles, and not in another city. Some have suspicions that E3 is coming to an end.
E3 2019 was the last show that hosted an in-person event. All of E3 2020 was canceled, and E3 2021 was held as an online event.
When E3 finally does return in 2023, ESA is hoping to prove it can “revitalize” the show after it being a year in hiatus. “We are using this time to shape plans for 2023 and are working with our members to ensure that the revitalized showcase sets a new standard for hybrid industry events and fan engagement,” the ESA said. “We look forward to the individual showcases planned for 2022 and will join the community in celebrating and promoting the new titles being presented. ESA made the decision to focus its resources and use this time to shape our plans and deliver an all-new experience that delights fans, who have the highest expectations for the premier event in video games.”
Even with all the talking from the ESA, no clear reason was given for the full on cancelation, as “reinventing” really isn’t concrete. None the less, players will have to wait until 2023 for the next E3 event.