All physical and digital shows of the rebelled E3 event has been officially cancelled – cites sources
In both 2021 and 2022, the E3 event in accordance with the world pandemic has shifted its course to an online venue, just like many other conferences such as the Apple Event and whatnot. However, the latest bad news has come and announce that there will not be a physical nor digital E3 2022 Conference despite controlled pandemic across the globe.
Recently, the Entertainment Software Association announced that they have decided to completely cancel E3 2022. There were some initial suspicions the ESA may still hold E3 as a digital event just like it did in 2021 but the organization has since made it clear that there will not be an E3 event this year in any form.
This means that there will be not pop-up booths of Nintendo, Bethesda or any like of hosts to display the latest game trailers and announcements. Unsurprisingly, many members of the gaming community echoed the same sentiment: “Why?”
For starter’s we can first look at the quote in the official site announcement”
“Instead, we will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer. Whether enjoyed from the show floor or your favorite devices, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media, and industry back together in an all-new format and interactive experience.”
Right off the bat, it was stated that the organization would like to take a year to recoup and reorganize in the intent of coordinating for a E3 2023 Conference event.
According to GamesRadar, those digital presentations are much more developer-friendly as they help ensure that studios no longer have to hastily cobble together demos for the E3 show floor. Nintendo Direct and PlayStation State of Play events can showcase the kind of big trailers that were previously limited to E3 whenever they want, and studios can now release demos digitally more or less on their own schedules.
Is E3 Outdated?
Overall, the general consensus is that the E3 is slowly phasing out of popularity. With more companies skipping out on the event in favor of their own presentation with their own rules (For example, the Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest even).
Many things can still happen between now and 2023, but there are some that suggests that this year’s cancellation of E3 is only a sign of things to come, it is the first crack in the long tradition of E3 spanning back to 1995.
At the very least, it seems that the ESA may have canceled E3 because it recognizes the problems with the event’s previous format and wants to spend as much time as possible reorganizing and reinventing the convention. While we can’t say anything for certain, the future of E3 might hinge on those efforts to revitalize the expo. E3 could still return in 2023, and the event’s turnout could still help determine whether the convention has a place in the current gaming landscape. Or, perhaps the ESA will decide it’s fruitless to bring back E3 and cancel all future events (or even turn E3 2023 into the last one ever and go out with a bang).