Today, the ESA has announced that E3 will be an all-digital event once again this year, cancelling in-person plans for the third year in a row. As was the case in the previous two years, concerns around COVID-19 have led to the cancellation for 2022.
In a statement issued this week, the ESA confirmed that E3 2022 will not be held in-person due to “ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees”.
E3 was already going through changes prior to the pandemic, with plans to make the event more fan-centric with a decreased focus on business and press-only meetings. Due the pandemic though, the event has had to completely shift again towards an all-digital showcase, with various publishers holding streams alongside E3 to announce new games.
The ESA has not revealed further details for E3 2022 at this time, but promises to share more soon. In the months to come, we’ll get confirmation on which publishers will be hosting their announcements as part of E3, while others like EA and Sony will hold their own streams over the summer, separated from the ESA’s plans.
KitGuru Says: It seems E3 will not be returning to its normal format this year after all, which is a shame. Still, we should get some exciting announcement streams from most publishers, including Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Devolver Digital and others.