The Entertainment Software Association has officially announced plans for a “reimagined” and “all-virtual” E3 2021, after teasing it last week.
Some big names in the gaming industry have already signed up for the show, including Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Take-Two, Warner Bros., Ubisoft and Koch Media. The ESA did say more companies will join later. It is unknown if PlayStation and EA will join, as they haven’t attended an E3 in years.
When Does E3 2021 Start?
E3 2021 will begin on June 12th and end on June 15th. It will be completely digital, but ESA’s earlier statement did leave the possibility of a physical component, but the organization promptly switched to a digital show.
E3 Is Evolving
ESA president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said E3 2021 will continue to be an important event, despite the new all-digital format.
“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games,” he said. “We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”
The ESA said E3 2021’s new structure allows “more people than ever” to participate. While for players, E3 is known for the big announcements; but it’s historically been a forum through which people in the industry form connections and partnerships.
Even though E3 is only about three months away, ESA’s announcement was scare on details regarding the specific format and structure of the show. No one even knows what the daily programming will be like.
E3 2021 won’t be the only show happening this year, with games media veteran Geoff Keighley hosting his own Summer Game Fest in June. Other publishers may hold their own briefings over the next few months before the holiday season begins.
E3 2022 Will Be A Physical Show
While it is still extremely earlier, ESA has said it plans to hold E3 2020 as an in-person event next year. They said nothing more, so obeviouslt time will have to pass before we can learn more.