The ESA has gone ahead and announced the dates for next year‘s event already. Obviously, this is despite the cancellation of E3 2020.
E3 2021 will be held from 15th to 17th June 2021, GamesIndustry.biz reports. However, the ESA has reportedly told its partners that it is devising plans for a “reimagined” show.
The ESA said in a press statement:
“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.
Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today”.
The notion of a “reimagined” E3 is still up for debate: In a world where many in the industry have proven that the same spectacle can be achieved via a live-stream broadcast, is there still room in the world for a communal event? E3 has been slowly “dying” off in the eyes of some consumers in recent years. And with PlayStation actively skipping the event for two years running, maybe the writing is on the wall.
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