After a year of absence, the largest video game show in the world marks its return in 2021. A great list of partners will be on hand to unveil their new games.
Like many other shows, E3 had been forced to keep its doors closed in 2020 due to the health situation. The largest video game show in the world was a real must-see event for the entire industry and a culmination every year for video games. Instead, we had the right to a Summer of Gaming spread over long months, reducing the media impact of this type of event.
A fully online version for 2021
After a few weeks of mistakes, ESA, the organization that oversees the event, has finally confirmed that E3 will be back in 2021, in a new digital format. The Covid-19 pandemic is still not under control, it was obviously unthinkable to reorganize a show with great influence while respecting health rules. We will therefore have the right to a “totally virtual” event from June 12 to 15, which will obviously be free for the interested public.
A nice list of partners
L’Entertainment Software Association immediately wanted to reassure the industry and in particular the press by unveiling a fine list of partners who will play the game of this great event over a little less than a week. Will therefore be present:
- Take-Two Interactive
- Warner Bros. Games
- Koch Media
This represents the biggest players who used to come to E3 to organize their conference or have a significant presence at the show. We can however notice the absence of EA, which has been organizing its EA Play Live for several years on the sidelines of E3, and Sony which continues to shun the show with PlayStation. We can still expect speeches from the two giants during the summer, perhaps in the days around E3.
Note, however, that other players could be added to the list by June. We think in particular of Bandai Namco, of which several games are eagerly awaited by video game fans, such as The Elden Ring. By the way, Bethesda is not mentioned in the list, but should host a conference with Xbox. Microsoft finalized the takeover of Zenimax Media, and therefore Bethesda, at the beginning of March 2021.
It’ll be the same stream and Xbox will lead directly into Bethesda, but there will be a delineation.
— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) April 6, 2021
According to the very knowledgeable journalist Jeff Grubb, the Bethesda and Xbox conferences should be quite separate, but integrated into the same ongoing event. We must therefore expect two consecutive conferences, to better hammer out Microsoft’s message.