E3 2020 may not be taking place this year because of the coronavirus outbreak currently affecting numerous parts of the world, but E3 2021 will definitely happen. Yesterday, on April 3rd, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) had confirmed that the event will take place next year, and has also revealed a date for E3 2021.
More precisely, the ESA has announced that E3 2021 will happen on June 15th, and take place until June 17th. The news was shared with numerous collaborators, and it was mentioned that the 2021 event will be a ‘reimagining’ of the previous shows.
This suggests significant changes to the usual structure, but the ESA has been following this pattern for a few years now, and the event has not changed that much. When it comes to E3 2020, the ESA was looking to explore ‘options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.’
However, there has been no update to this, but some say that the ESA will not organize any E3 show online. Instead, the company will reportedly ask its publisher and developer collaborators to ‘pick up the weight,’ probably with their own digital shows. Still, it’s better to take this information with a pinch of salt as the ESA has not confirmed anything yet.
Four sources tell @VIrtualEconCast that despite weeks to pull something together, The ESA will not hold any sort of online E3 event. Instead, the organization will lean on its publisher and developer partners. I'm told an official announcement will likely come early next week.
— Mike Futter (@Futterish) April 3, 2020
Obviously, it remains to be seen if the event will be able to make a comeback in the same capacity after getting canceled this year. This was set to be a major year for the show considering the nearness of the launch of the next-generation consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, which will be released in a less exciting environment this year.
At the moment, the ESA has not offered any information regarding E3 2021 other than that it will be a ‘reimagined’ variant of the show. It has also not commented on claims that there will be no online E3 2020 event either.