What will this 2021 edition of E3 look like ? The usual unmissable event for the video game industry is undergoing, like so many other events, the profound logistical changes caused by the health crisis linked to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Several major players in the market have already confirmed their absence for this year, and it is the turn of a new historical player to decline the invitation.
While the ESA group (Entertainment Software Association, organizers of E3) had confirmed the presence of Konami at the beginning of last April, the Japanese publisher canceled its participation in the 2021 edition in a press release posted on its official Twitter account. .
Due to timing issues, we will not be attending the annual E3 edition. We want to assure our fans that we are very involved in the development of several key projects, and encourage them to pay attention to several announcements over the following months. And if we do not participate this year, we have great respect for ESA and have the certainty that this year 2021 will be a great success. We continue to encourage ESA and wish all the best to participate in the annual edition.
The publisher behind the Castlevania , Pro Evolution Soccer and Metal Gear Solid franchises thus joins the long list of groups, publishers and developers who have overlooked the annual high mass of video games: Sony, Activision Blizzard, SÉGA, EA and Square Enix have also decided not to flaunt their future announcements on the virtual stage of the event.
Special edition for special year
We remind you that this 2021 edition of the festival will be, like last year, very different from the usual: instead of the traditional gigantic show taking place at the Convention center in Los Angeles in California, a virtual event will be held. running from June 12 to 15, 2021.
Several large publishers such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Capcom, Take-Two, Koch Media or Ubisoft have already confirmed their participation in the event.
The French publisher has also confirmed the broadcast of its own microconference in stream with the Ubisoft Fotward dated on the evening of June 12. The traditional PC Gaming Show from PC GAmer and GamesRadar media will also be there. Nevertheless, we are still awaiting news of possible presentations from Nintendo (no Nintendo Direct had been released last year after the cancellation of E3) but also from Microsoft. There is no doubt that the American firm will shake up its habits by leaving a large place for the Bethesda group, now placed under its bosom.