The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that E3 2021 has been officially scheduled for June 12 through June 15.
The digital-only event will be free and will be a “reimagined” featuring news and game reveals. The ESA affirms that it will team up with media partners globally “to help amplify and make this content available to everyone for free.”
E3 2021 will feature news from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, Koch Media, and more companies to be confirmed in the following weeks.
“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA. “We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”
While maintaining E3’s longstanding position as a central destination for industry networking — where new partnerships and connections between video game publishers, developers and media are made — the digital format for E3 2021 means more people than ever can participate.
The ESA looks forward to coming back together to celebrate E3 2022 in person, in the meantime see you online this June!
The official announcement does not include Sony Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard, as it’s expected that the publishers will probably organize their own showcases.
The ESA and its E3 will have to compete with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest which was recently confirmed to come back in June, the new event will be a “spectacular, concentrated global showcase of the future of video games where everyone comes to play.”