E3 2021 set to return in a ‘reimagined, all-virtual’ format this June; Xbox head Phil Spencer reacts
Besides the new format and the timeline, ESA also shared the list of major video game presenters for E3 2021. Here is everything we know about the event including the new format and likely announcements.
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has just shared information about its flagship annual trade event, Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). As per the latest information, ESA is bringing back E3 in a “reimagined, all-virtual” format in June 2021. The organization noted that the trade show will take place from June 12 to June 15. Besides the new format and the timeline, ESA also shared the list of major video game presenters for E3 2021. This list includes Xbox, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Warner Bros. Games, Koch Media, and more. Here is everything we know about E3 2021 including the new format and likely announcements.
E3 to come back in a virtual format in 2021; details
According to the formal E3 2021 announcement, game developers will share the latest information around their upcoming titles. ESA also stated that it will work to ensure that all the information is available to gamers “for free”. Stanley Pierre-Louis, President, and CEO of the ESA shared a statement as part of this announcement. He stated, “We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.” As the ESA noted, the digital format of the trade event means that more people will be able to take part in E3 2021.
In addition to the information about E3 2021, ESA did note that it is planning a traditional, in-person event for next year. We will have to wait and watch regarding the in-person events depending on the state of COVID-19. For some context, the organizer had to cancel the event last year due to the pandemic. To try and fill the game from the E3 2020 cancellation, other groups stepped in to organize smaller events. These include the Summer Game Fest which is set to come back this year.
Right after the announcement, Xbox head Phil Spencer shared this reaction on the return of E3. Spencer took to his Twitter account to outline his happiness stating that he was “Glad to see the game industry coming together again in June for a digital E3”. He went on to state, “This and other summer events are proof that our industry is strongest when we work together. Looking forward to sharing what we have in store this summer.”