E3 will return in 2021 as a “reinvented, totally virtual” event, organizers announced Tuesday. E3 2021 will take place June 12-15 and will feature content from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said in a news release. release.
Game developers and publishers will show their games at E3 2021 “directly to fans around the world,” ESA said. E3 2021 content will be free to access, thanks to unannounced global media partners.
“We are making E3 this year a more inclusive event, but we will still look to excite fans with important reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center of attention for video games,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President and CEO of ESA.
While this year’s E3 will be virtual, organizers say they are planning an E3 in person in 2022.
Last year’s E3 was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. ESA canceled E3 2020 in March last year and said in a statement at the time: “Following the growing and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we feel this was the best way to proceed during an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed to not be able to host this event for our fans and supporters. “
In a vacuum, game publishers, the media, and other groups held a series of smaller game events spread throughout the summer and fall of 2020. Some of those events, such as Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest , are confirmed to return in 2021. Companies like Sony and Electronic Arts, which haven’t officially exhibited at E3 in years (and weren’t announced as part of this year’s expo), will likely hold their own events untied to ESA’s plans.