The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on Thursday that ten companies would be joining the E3 lineup to reveal new information about their upcoming games. The biggest names on the list include Sega, Square Enix, and Bandai Namco Entertainment.
The other seven companies that complete the lineup are Xseed Games/Marvelous USA, Gearbox Entertainment, Freedom Games, Devious Eye Entertainment, Turtle Beach, Verizon, and Binge.com.
These ten studios join some of the largest companies in the gaming industry, including Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, Capcom, Take-Two Interactive, and Warner Bros. Games that confirmed they would be joining the event this year.
President and CEO of the ESA, Stanley Pierre-Louis, said of the announcement, “E3 2021 is set to continue its legacy as the premier video game industry event as we add new publishers, sponsors and partners. We can’t wait to share more details about this virtual event for audiences around the globe.”
A notable absence comes in the form of Konami, which was a part of the initial announcement from last month but dropped out earlier this week due to not being ready in time.
Both the new format for this year’s all-digital E3 and Konami pulling out are a couple of examples of how the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the video game industry.
There are a handful of other publishers that have not made any indication that they would be joining the show at all. Those include Sony, Activision Blizzard, and EA, who have not made any announcement regarding their attendance at the show. This, however, makes some sense, as those companies have been largely absent from prior E3s. This may be because they would prefer to host their own events.
With the ten companies joining the lineup for this year’s E3, the event is shaping up to hopefully be an exciting time for the games industry.
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