Fear not, E3 will be returning next year! E3 2021 will take place mid-June next year, occupying its traditional slot.
The Entertainment Software Association, ESA, has announced that it is planning a reimagined event for next year from June 15 to June 17. This follows the March cancellation of E3 2020, which was due to COVID-19 concerns. No one is quite sure what this could mean just yet, but the ESA also wanted to make changes to this year’s event. A statement from the ESA earlier this year, it stated that “E3 2020 will be a new and revitalized experience for everyone”.
Although E3 2020 is not going ahead, this same “sneak peek” can offer us some hope for E3 2021.
Here’s what to look forward to while waiting for E3 2021
In an effort to capitalize on the opening left by E3 2020’s cancellation, IGN has announced its own event. The Summer of Gaming event is set to take place in June. IGN plans to collaborate with 2K, SEGA, THQ Nordic, and more for the event. It seems to be that it will operate similarly to what E3 would but with a focus on IGN interviews, post-announcement discussions, and more. Here’s IGN’s post on the announcement to get you caught up.
Microsoft has also announced that it will host a digital presentation in lieu of their E3 2020 appearance. This was officially announced in March. Nintendo also offer semi-regular digital presentations through Nintendo Direct, which I would expect to continue throughout the year. Other developers are “exploring other options”, with some opting for live-stream press conferences to bring their planned news to fans.
It isn’t all good news though. In case you missed it, The Last of Us 2 has been delayed indefinitely. Here’s our report on the news. Keep an eye on Gamezo’s Twitter ( @GamezoGG ) for the latest on E3 2021 and more.