After the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the global pandemic of Covid-19, official confirmation arrives from those directly involved: ESA, the Entertainment Software Association, today announced theE3 2021a completely free digital version of the popular event that will take place from 12 to 15 June.
The great news is that everyone will be able to participate in E3 this year for free, and that the risk of a paid premium pass is averted – something that has already happened for other events. The idea of the organizers is to give life to an E3 2021 that is still great, albeit online, and that will be able to make up for the lack of events in the presence or the fragmented proposal of last year born due to the failure to realize E3 2020.
In all likelihood, E3 2021 will not be the only event scheduled for the summer, but the American show will be held this year, unlike 2020.
What we expect is that of course, along with the traditional showcase with trailers and new announcementsE3 2021 will be enriched with many extra activities such as interviews, surprises, and maybe new playable demos for all the spectators at home who will follow the event.
“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue for showcasing the best the video game industry has to offer, uniting the world through games”ESA president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said in a press release. “We are transforming this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but we will still try to excite fans with important revelations and privileged opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”
Together with the announcement, the first details on the publishers who will take part in the event also arrive. For the moment, the holdings of Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media are already confirmed.
As you can see, Sony is missing, but this is not an oversight. The Japanese giant, at loggerheads with ESA for several years now, will not participate in E3 2021, and will certainly prepare an event or more events dedicated entirely to the PlayStation brand over the summer as it already happened last year.
We do not know if the list of publishers will undergo changes, but it is likely that Electronic Arts, Activision, Square Enix, Bandai Namco and SEGA will also not take part in the event. The first will almost certainly hold hers EA Play Live 2021 as has been happening for several years now, while Activision could take part in any Sony events given the ongoing commercial partnerships. For Square Enix, on the other hand, the digital event Square Enix Presents remains on the horizon, whose second appointment is scheduled for the summer.
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