[Update: Thu 31st Mar, 2022 21:00 BST]
The ESA has supplied an official assertion to IGN, as reported by Rebekah Valentine:
“We are going to commit all our power and sources to delivering a revitalized bodily and digital E3 expertise subsequent summer season.
Whether or not loved from the present flooring or your favourite units, the 2023 showcase will carry the neighborhood, media, and business again collectively in an all-new format and interactive expertise. We look ahead to presenting E3 to followers all over the world reside from Los Angeles in 2023.”
[Original: Thu 31st Mar, 2022 20:15 BST]
It isn’t vastly stunning, however it looks like E3 is cancelled this 12 months for good. Not simply cancelled as in “we’ll do it digital as an alternative”, however cancelled cancelled, as in, “no E3 this 12 months in any respect”.
E3 by no means particularly introduced a digital convention this 12 months, however it’s been in limbo since January. The ESA initially introduced that they would not maintain it in-person again in January, and weeks later, business insider and video games journalist Jeff Grubb mentioned that it most definitely would not come again in digital kind, both. Now, we’ve affirmation.
That does not imply that this Summer season shall be devoid of lengthy, ad-filled sport announcement streams, although, as a result of Geoff Keighley’s Summer season Sport Fest remains to be going to happen — and it seems like Keighley is conscious that E3’s crown is up for grabs, since he tweeted this simply seconds after the information broke:
Hear, we’re not saying that E3 was perhaps stabbed within the shadows, but when it was, we might know who to suspect. Particularly as a result of Geoff seemingly had this follow-up able to go:
Might this be the top for E3 as we all know it? Is that this even stunning information, after so many firms have been dropping out lately? Will Keighley’s Sport Fest come near changing it… or did it do this years in the past? Tell us your ideas within the feedback.