E3 2021: the big video game show will start on June 12… in a virtual format

Last year, the pandemic got the better of E3. This year, the great video game show should take place… but in an online version. ESA, the association behind the event, has just confirmed rumors that there will be no physical event in Los Angeles in 2021. Instead, a virtual E3 will take place from 12 to June 15.

Nintendo and Xbox at the rendezvous

The good news for ESA is that its partners are there. Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Capcom, Konami, Take-Two and Warnes Bros have already indicated that they will participate in virtual E3, even if big names like Sony and EA are missing. In the case of the Japanese, it’s not really a surprise, the PlayStation division has been sulking the big Californian living room for several years. Sony likes to control its schedule.

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That said, one may wonder how this virtual E3 will work. In the absence of a show, we imagine that each company will broadcast its own event between June 12 and 15. A few weeks ago, some leaks hinted that publishers were considering releasing tech demos that were accessible to the general public so that everyone could try out the new games, at home. Perhaps ESA will play the role of mediator by bringing together all the novelties.

Next summer, ESA believes that E3 should be able to return to its original form. We just have to hope that the health situation allows it, even if everything seems to be going for the best on the side of the United States today.


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