E3 2021 All-Digital Occasion, No On-Demand Demos, Sony is Once more Absent


After plenty of leaks final week relating to The ESA’s plans for E3 this 12 months, the organizers have lastly confirmed E3 2021 and began revealing the primary official particulars concerning the occasion. E3 2021—rebranded because the “Digital Leisure Expertise,” no less than for this 12 months—is going on June 12-15 as an all-digital occasion. That is the primary official affirmation we’ve seen of the bodily occasion being canceled, although it was just about a foregone conclusion.

Confirmed exhibitors up to now embrace Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Video games, and Koch Media. Notably absent from that checklist are Sony, Activision Blizzard, Sq. Enix, EA, Bandai Namco, and extra. Whereas a few of these publishers may find yourself being late signal ons, it’s unlikely that Sony will take part in E3 2021. The corporate first stepped away from E3 in 2019, and once more introduced its intentions to not take part in E3 2020 earlier than the present was finally canceled.

Experiences have additionally indicated that confirmed exhibitors may be exhibiting some assist for The ESA and E3 whereas saving their greatest reveals and bulletins for their very own impartial reveals outdoors of E3 2021, quite than as a part of the digital occasion.

Earlier experiences had hinted that The ESA may be engaged on together with on-demand demos as a part of a paid premium expertise, however these plans seem to have been scrapped. In a assertion to VGC, who requested concerning the on-demand demos that had been pitched to potential exhibitors, a spokesperson stated, “We explored many prospects with our companions, sponsors and business members within the creation of E3 2021. This 12 months, we’re targeted on delivering a number of days of fantastic programming that showcases the online game business, with a brand new on-line portal and supporting app that can embrace tons of options reminiscent of customizable profiles, on-demand content material, gamification, real-time exercise feeds and extra. We’ll construct off of the success of 2021 and proceed to look into new methods of showcasing the business in 2022.”

The ESA’s announcement doesn’t dive into any further particulars about what the “reimagined” present will embrace, apart from broad hints at “reside press conferences and a 4 day lengthy video stream,” in addition to obvious “gamification” of the occasion through the E3 app, however with simply two months to go till E3 2021 kicks off, we are able to count on to listen to extra particulars quickly.

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