The ESA – the corporate behind the Digital Leisure Expo, recognized extra generally as E3 – has formally cancelled its digital-only occasion this yr after cancelling the in-person occasion again in January. The outcome? No E3 of any sort in 2022.
However the occasion will not keep lifeless for lengthy (in principle). The ESA plans to revitalise the present subsequent yr – as an in-person and on-line occasion – in a brand new, refreshed format that may hopefully deal with complaints that E3 has turn into considerably stale over time.
“We are going to commit all our power and assets to delivering a revitalised bodily and digital E3 expertise subsequent summer season,” the Leisure Software program Affiliation stated in a press release shared by IGN.
“Whether or not loved from the present ground or your favorite units, the 2023 showcase will deliver the group, media, and business again collectively in an all-new format and interactive expertise. We look ahead to presenting E3 to followers world wide dwell from Los Angeles in 2023.”
Although you could hear the relieved sighs of reports writers world wide, avid gamers needn’t fear – there are nonetheless plans to ship a collection of scorching sizzling World Premiere adverts proper into your eyeballs across the identical time.
Following the announcement of E3 2022’s demise, the permanently-jacketed uber host Geoff Keighley introduced Summer season Recreation Fest could be making a return to fill that sport advert-shaped void in your life.
“Excited to share that Summer season Recreation Fest will return this June with a slate of occasions,” Keighley famous in a tweet. “We’ll be producing one other Kickoff Stay present with bulletins, information and first appears. Rather more to share within the coming weeks, together with some very cool new parts for ’22.”
In 2021, Summer Game Fest was a month-long programme of reveals, streams, interviews and extra, all headlined by a dwell Kickoff present that performed host to 30+ reveals and bulletins.
Count on the spectacle to be much more grandiose this time round, provided that Keighley will not be wrestling for the limelight with – successfully – anybody else.