After a year of absence, E3 returns in 2021 with a very promising program, full of events from publishers such as Microsoft + Bethesda, Nintendo, Square Enix, Koch Media, Bandai Namco or Capcom. It will be officially held between June 12 and 15, although everyone is already in the “mood E3” with announcements like the one just presented Battlefield 2042 and especially the “rival” event Summer Game Fest, tomorrow at 20:00 CEST.
For obvious reasons, all events are virtual. The world is gradually recovering a certain “old normality” after a year and a half of the Covid-19 pandemic, but filling the pavilions of the LA Convention Center with thousands of visitors like previous years is a still distant image. However, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), organizers of E3, is optimistic to be able to organize a face-to-face event again next year.
In an interview in GamesIndustry.biz (via VGC), the ESA President Stanley Pierre-Louis he didn’t want to get too wet about E3 2022, as “we want to really focus on E3 2021, and ensure it is a great experience for exhibitors, media and fans.However, it has left the door open to return with a physical event, although without forgetting all the virtual components.
E3 2021 “It will give us an opportunity for all members of the industry, media and fans to participate fully, and I think it is a unique opportunity to learn this year and apply it to future events, which they are probably a mix of physical and digital. But that is to be determined. “
Pierre-Louis adds that the magnitude of a physical event is yet to be determined, repeating that hope to learn from E3 2021 when planning future events.
If finally E3 2022 is celebrated with a face-to-face part, it will probably not be the first. Gamescom 2021, which is held at the end of August 2021, was also planned as a hybrid event with a face-to-face part, although it remains to be seen what conditions will be in place this summer. At the national level (and on a smaller scale), Gamepolis, the Malaga fair, is also expected to be face-to-face at the end of July. Nevertheless, Blizzard had to cancel his face-to-face event at the end of 2021, Blizzcon 2021, and hopes to return with a hybrid event, but smaller, in early 2022.
Will we relive the glamor of the E3 of yesteryear next year? Remember to check the schedules of all the summer events this year.