We all make mistakes. Recently, we published an article stating that E3 2022 would absolutely, definitely go forward this year. 100. Turns out, we missed the mark. Following the earlier cancellation of the live event, the ESA had let its partners know that there will be no digital equivalent this year either. E3 2022, in any guise, has been officially canned.
The news came following a tweet from the PR lead at Razor, Will Powers. He mentioned that Razor had received an email announcing the cancellation of the digital E3 event.
Tweet from Razor Exec Will Powers confirming E3 2022’s final cancellation
Following the tweet, the ESA issued a formal statement confirming that the information was accurate. The digital event has indeed been cancelled. However, the institution followed by saying that E3 will return in 2023 with a “reinvigorated showcase”. The statement continues,
“We will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience. We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.”Offical statement from the ESA, source; IGN
There’s always 2023
Of course, the ESA had initially wanted to re-instate the live event this year. The event was fully cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and only partially restored in 2021 with a digital-only showcase.
But the live event was cancelled in January, with no promise of a digital show. Promisingly, however, many sources close to the event had indicated the digital showcase would go ahead. Today, sadly we know this will not be the case.
The ESA does go on to say that the cancellation would enable them to focus on the E3 2023. Oh well, here’s hoping for next year.
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