E3 will return in 2021 as a “reimagined, all-virtual” event, the organizers announced on Tuesday. E3 2021 will take place June 12-15 and will feature content from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said in a news release.
Game developers and publishers will present their games at E3 2021 “directly to fans around the world,” ESA said. E3 2021 content will be available for free thanks to unregistered global media partners.
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While this year’s E3 will be virtual, the organizers say they are planning a personal E3 2022.
Last year’s E3 was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. ESA canceled E3 2020 in March last year and said in a statement at the time: “After growing and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt that this was the best way to proceed in such a unique global situation. We are very disappointed that we are not able to hold this event for fans and supporters. ”
In the vacuum, game publishers, media and other groups held a series of smaller game events distributed throughout the summer and fall of 2020. Some of these events, such as Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, are confirmed to return in 2021. Companies such as Sony and Electronic Arts, which do not has officially exhibited at E3 for many years (and was not announced as part of this year’s trade fair), will probably hold its own events regardless of ESA’s plans.