The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or better known as E3, is an event that every gamer looks forward to every summer. E3 is a way for gaming’s biggest video game companies to showcase what they have planned for future releases. It is a nice way to keep up with these companies and a way to get you hyped up for new features and video games that are coming out.
Unfortunately, E3 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That marked the first time in its 25 year history that the event has ever been canceled. Luckily, E3 2021 will not be canceled and is officially a go for June 12.
However, due to the ongoing pandemic, it will be entirely digital. It’s probably a smart move as the pandemic isn’t fully under control. But, with vaccinations increasing and normalcy returning slowly, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) stated that they currently plan to make E3 2022 a physical event once again. Regardless of E3 2021 being physical or digital, it is great to see one of the best Expos in the world returning once again.
Both Xbox and Nintendo will be participating in the event this year, but PlayStation and EA weren’t listed as some of the names to attend this year’s E3. This doesn’t come entirely as a surprise as both EA and PlayStation have held their own conferences in the past. Just because neither one may attend E3 2021 doesn’t mean that they won’t have another conference to show off the future of gaming for their respective companies. There is also a chance that both of those companies may join E3 as the date slowly approaches.
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E3 2021 will begin on June 12 and last through June 15. Some of the confirmed companies that plan on being at E3 2021 will be Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media. Of course, there is always a chance that more companies announce that they will be taking part in the Expo, but for right now that is the list of confirmed attendees.
You also do not have to worry about paying for E3 2021. There were also rumors buzzing around that ESA was going to consider charging viewers to gain access to certain parts of E3, but that won’t be the case. E3 2021 will be entirely free. In past years, fans have always been able to watch streams of the different showcases on Twitch or YouTube for free. This year being a digital-only E3, it made a lot of people wonder how it would be approached. Rest assured, even being digitally it will be completely free for everyone.
What conference is going to make the biggest waves this summer? What surprises are in store for everyone this year? What games and new video game features will be announced? All of these questions and more will be answered from June 12-15.