It’s been greater than a yr for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, and we’re simply now seeing a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel. Nevertheless, although the vaccination course of goes alongside, organizers of present occasions are nonetheless being understandably cautious. Earlier at this time, it was revealed that PAX East 2021, which was scheduled for this July, will now be canceled and changed with a web based variant. Present organizers cite the reason being resulting from “ongoing public well being issues.”
It’s an analogous story to what occurred in 2020. Final yr, the organizers canceled PAX West and PAX Aus, changing them with an all-digital present. The occasions have been scheduled to open in September and October, respectively. As an alternative, PAX On-line 2020 introduced the gaming goodness to everybody, freed from cost. PAX East 2020 happened in late February, simply at the start went to hell.
This yr’s PAX On-line will happen over the course of 4 days, beginning July 15. Initially, PAX East 2021 was scheduled for June 3 – 6 this yr, so that you’ll have an additional month to attend for PAX On-line. Nevertheless, it must be definitely worth the wait. This yr’s present will embrace livestream occasions to observe, in addition to an Indie Showcase. It’s doubtless this occasion might be free to take pleasure in, very similar to the way it was final yr.
Cautiously trying towards the longer term
PAX occasions following PAX On-line are nonetheless into account. As talked about above, the vaccination effort is increasing. PAX officers report that they’re “cautiously optimistic PAX West and PAX Unplugged will proceed as deliberate with in-person festivities Sept. 2-6 and Dec. 10-12, respectively.” September remains to be distant, in fact. Something can occur between now and go time.
PAX East 2021 received’t be the one present to get the cancellation remedy this yr because the pandemic continues. Lately, the reside occasion for E3 2021 was reportedly canceled. We imagine it is going to be changed by an all-digital occasion, nonetheless. Subsequent yr, each E3 and PAX organizers plan on returning to reside occasions.