The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will return this year in the form of an all-new, free digital event that will run from June 12th through the 15th.
A handful of major video game companies were included in the announcement, showing their commitment to share news and show off games during the event. The companies included are Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media. More will be announced as it gets closer to the event.
There are a few notable omissions from this list including Sony, Activision Blizzard, EA, Sega, and Square Enix. It is worth noting that anything can change and, if these companies choose to, they can jump in on the event well before the June 12th start date.
Sony and EA’s absence is not surprising, as in years prior, the two companies opted to skip the event in favour of their own press events that happened around the same time as E3.
Last year’s E3 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the first time since the show started in 1995 that the event was not held.
Rather than cancelling it again this year, the ESA decided to make it into an all-digital event that anyone in the world can access for free. There have been talks about updating the E3 model in the wake of internet accessibility increasing everywhere.
In the press release, ESA President and CEO, Stanley Pierre-Louis expressed his excitement and hopes for what this year will be like for the event.
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. 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.
It is worth noting that, in the press release, the ESA wrote that they still plan to hold an in-person event for the 2022 show. Depending on how this year goes, however, that could easily change.
The free, all-digital E3 will take place from June 12th to the 15th later this year.