For those who’re trying on the 2021 calendar and actually beginning to miss your regular gaming conference journeys, PAX has some good and unhealthy information. The unhealthy information is that PAX East, which had been tentatively scheduled for June 2021, is formally cancelled. The excellent news is that PAX On-line will make a comeback in July and the organizers are feeling “cautiously optimistic” about internet hosting PAX West in particular person this September.
Again in December, PAX organisers shared some potential dates for this yr, together with PAX East in June. They stated on the time that if Covid-19 remained a severe barrier to gathering safely they’d select to cancel or host the present on-line. As of at the moment, they’ve formally made the selection.
“In mild of ongoing public well being issues, ReedPop and Penny Arcade won’t maintain PAX East this yr,” they are saying. “ReedPop and Penny Arcade will proceed to observe the state of affairs surrounding COVID-19, observe authorities pointers and native legal guidelines, and defer to well being officers and specialists on what’s deemed protected.”
As an alternative of heading to Boston this summer time, PAX On-line might be again this yr. Watching from my desk at house cannot fairly examine to heading to the east coast, however I will not deny that staying house was its personal sort of journey final yr. Oh, and it was free. That half was good.
PAX On-line will formally run from July 15th-18th this yr. As with final yr, you’ll be able to control the PAX On-line web site for updates because the occasion will get nearer.
PAX organisers additionally say they’re “cautiously optimistic” about holding PAX West in September and PAX Unplugged in December this yr. That is definitely no assure, however hey, I am feeling cautiously optimistic about autumn too.
On the identical optimistic observe, Gamescom is planning a hybrid occasion with a digital and bodily element for August. In the meantime, E3 might be on-line this yr, as a substitute of being outright canceled once more.
Disclosure: PAX is run by ReedPop, who additionally personal RPS.