E3 2021 has been confirmed and dated for this June with some big names already confirmed to be taking part, but there’s a notable absence…
The ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has officially announced today that E3 2021 will go ahead as an all-digital event and it’ll take place between June 12th and June 15th.
So far, a few big names have been confirmed as attached to the virtual event, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media, with more to be announced before the event kicks off. However, there’s one name we’re all looking for and not seeing: Sony.
As you’ll remember, Sony wasn’t a part of the last proper E3 to take place with actual humans roaming the hall of the Staples centre – that was back in 2019 (and I was there! Read my exploits here…)
Sony is likely going to skip this one, too, but we’ll wait for confirmation before declaring the publisher completely out of the running. My money says they’ll do their own thing, though.
So what about E3 2021? What is it going to be like this year? For one, it’s going to be accessible for everybody – that means me, you, your mum and dad, and whoever else wants to sit at a computer for hours on end watching endless streams.
“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA. “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.”
It’ll be E3, sure, but it won’t be a “real” E3. The press release does not that the ESA hopes to be able to bring the event back in 2022 where we can all mingle shoulder to shoulder. I hope so, I really do. Because, honestly, I couldn’t give a damn for E3 2021.