COVID-19 Strikes E3 2020
E3 2020 Officially Cancelled
Only a week after organizer ESA stated that E3 2020 would not succumb to the COVID-19 panic, an official statement has confirmed rumours that, unfortunately, E3 2020 will be cancelled.
Early this morning multiple games industry sources, including Devolver Digital, suggested that the cancellation would be announced later today.
Bloomberg then claimed that the ESA contacted several partners yesterday in an attempt to make E3 an online event this year.
- Sony announced that they would skip E3 for the second year in a row
- Nintendo decided to address consumers directly through Nintendo Direct rather than relying on press coverage from trade shows
Expect more pre-recorded streams: The announcements studios and publishers were planning to make at E3 will most likely be announced by stream instead, with Ubisoft and Microsoft confirming so already.
Uneventful console launches: This is probably going to be the first time major consoles are marketed without major live events. GDC was cancelled two weeks ago, and it looks like more events will follow suit.
Batman Missing Out: Warner Bros. were planning to hold their first press conference at the show, according to a report from Kotaku News Editor Jason Schreier, which would have revealed the Harry Potter RPG, the next Batman game and Rocksteady’s upcoming title.
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E3 through the ages
E3 has been the biggest and most well-known videogames trade show for the past 25 years, but this year’s cancelled show could mean the end of the line.
Much has changed since the early days, but it has mostly stayed in the Los Angeles Convention Center except for the two years it was hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Organiser The Entertainment Software Association tried to scale the show down in 2007-2008, holding an event at the Santa Monica airport since most of the business was conducted in hotel rooms anyway while the show floor was nearly empty.
In the last few years, the event has attempted to pivot from a trade show for credentialed journalists to a ticketed consumer show, but this year’s cancellation and waning interest from publishers and platform holders might spell the end of an era.
Xbox Series X
Microsoft prepare livestream for next week discussing Xbox Series X
Microsoft was originally planning to reveal more about Xbox Series X and Project xCloud at GDC, but since the event was postponed they will stream the talks on March 17th and 18th, beginning at 1pm ET/4pm UK/5pm CEST.
The March 17th stream will be delivered by representatives from The Coalition, who will talk about Gears 5, and Rare, who will talk about Sea of Thieves. Microsoft will talk about Xbox Series X and Project xCloud on March 18th.
- Microsoft calls Xbox Series X and xCloud a new chapter in gaming
- inXile and Double Fine will also appear on the March 18th stream
What to expect: According to the GDC programme, Microsoft would concentrate on Xbox Series X’s dedicated audio hardware-acceleration features, featuring audio designers from Borderlands 3 and Gears 5.