The world’s largest gaming convention, E3, has been canceled this 12 months as a result of international outbreak of coronavirus, formally referred to as COVID-19. However plans are already underway for subsequent 12 months’s occasion, E3 2021, in keeping with the occasion’s organizers.
The Leisure Software program Affiliation (ESA), the physique which runs the E3 occasions, has introduced that it’s planning a “reimagined” E3 for 2021, as reported by gamesindustry.biz. The ESA additionally confirmed that the occasion can be scheduled for June 15 to June 17, 2021.
The ESA introduced final month that it will cancel E3 2020 as a result of considerations about spreading the coronavirus. With so many individuals pressed into an enclosed house, such conferences have the potential for spreading infections in a short time. On the time, the ESA mentioned, “Following elevated and overwhelming considerations concerning the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was one of the best ways to proceed throughout such an unprecedented international state of affairs. We’re very upset that we’re unable to carry this occasion for our followers and supporters. However we all know it’s the fitting determination primarily based on the knowledge we now have immediately.”
As a substitute of presenting in individual at E3 2020, many gaming firms mentioned that they’d host digital occasions or put out pre-recorded movies of launch content material. Publishers like Ubisoft have mentioned they’re exploring choices for online-only occasions as a option to share their newest information with out anybody having to attend an in-person occasion.
Nevertheless, as of but there are not any formally introduced plans for an E3 2020 on-line occasion. It could be that exhibitors are left to current their materials to followers and to the press on their very own, or there could also be some extent of coordination so exhibitors can launch their content material on the identical time throughout June 2020.
The coronavirus outbreak is having a ripple impact all through the gaming trade, inflicting the whole lot from the canceling of occasions like E3 and the Recreation Builders Convention to manufacturing delays in just like the Nintendo Swap or Worth Index, to the canceling of e-sports occasions for Overwatch League and Name of Obligation league. The most recent gaming venture to be affected is The Final of Us Half II, which has been delayed indefinitely together with the a lot anticipated Marvel’s Iron Man VR.