Nintendo, Xbox and Ubisoft again digital-only E3 2021

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E3 2021 will return this June in digital type, and has been backed by Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros and Koch Media.

It is a robust line-up, particularly with the 2 platform holders on-board, nonetheless there are some notable absentees, together with Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, Sega, Bandai Namco and Sq. Enix. The occasion takes place between June 12 and June 15, so there may be nonetheless time for different publishers to enroll.

This yr’s present might be online-only, however little or no particulars can be found in addition to that. The press launch states that builders might be ‘showcasing their newest information and video games on to followers all over the world’, with the ESA working with media to ‘amplify and make this content material obtainable to everybody without cost’. GamesIndustry.biz understands this will likely take the type of media-only days and streaming know-how.

“For greater than twenty years, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase one of the best that the online game trade has to supply, whereas uniting the world by way of video games,” stated ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis.

“We’re evolving this yr’s E3 right into a extra inclusive occasion, 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.”

It has been a difficult 12 months for the video games occasion enterprise, however E3 was beneath stress even earlier than the pandemic, with long-term supporter Sony asserting it would not be attending the present final yr (previous to its COVID-related cancellation). The PlayStation firm joined EA, which additionally hadn’t supported E3 for a number of years.

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