The ESA lastly revealed the primary official particulars about E3 2021 after months of rumors. The present might be all-digital in 2021 and have many main gaming studios — and a few notable absences.
E3 2021 will happen from June 12 to June 15 as initially scheduled. Whereas the ESA danced round whether or not or not the present could be in-person, right now it formally confirmed a full digital pivot. The ESA beforehand mentioned that the occasion could be a “reimagined” model of the present.
In response to ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis, this yr’s version might be enterprise as standard for the present regardless of the format change. It’s anticipated to function recreation bulletins and divulges because it has in earlier years.
“We’re evolving this yr’s E3 right into a extra inclusive occasion,” says Pierre-Louis in a press launch, “however will nonetheless look to excite the followers with main reveals and insider alternatives that make this occasion the indispensable heart stage for video video games.”
Whereas few particulars had been revealed, the ESA did share an inventory of companions who might be concerned within the present. Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Konami, Warner Bros., and extra are among the many listing of publishers who will showcase video games on the occasion.
Notably absent from the listing are Sony and EA. Each firms had ditched E3 completely in recent times previous to the present’s cancellation in 2020. In the meanwhile, it seems that neither firm will return for the digital present.
The ESA emphasizes that the occasion might be free. That comes after current hypothesis that the present would function some type of a paid tier for followers to get unique entry to demos. The E3 Twitter account denied these claims. No additional particulars about how the present might be structured had been revealed.