The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has now released a politician statement confirming that E3 2020 has been canceled thanks to coronavirus concerns.
» Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the simplest thanks to proceeding during such an unprecedented global situation.
We are very disappointed that we are unable to carry this event for our fans and supporters.
But we all know it’s the proper decision supported the knowledge we’ve today. »
E3’s cancellation doesn’t come as an enormous surprise.
Ars Technical previously reported that the expo was almost certainly canceled, writing that « multiple sources conversant in the Entertainment Software Association (ESA)’s plans have confirmed to Ars Technical that the organization, which is liable for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), will soon cancel the three-day expo. »
In addition, E3 2020 was plagued with behind-the-scenes disagreements, high-profile dropouts and a consequence of other technology and gaming conferences being canceled in response to the COVID-19 virus.
E3 is that the biggest show within the gaming calendar, with the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and a wealth of developers and publishers announcing, their upcoming hardware and games at the conference.
And this year was set to be bigger than ever.
With the PS5 and Xbox Series X thanks to releasing in late 2020, we were expecting a heap of next-gen games to be announced for the new consoles – also as a better check out Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.
However, Sony had already confirmed it wouldn’t be attending E3 this year.
Companies including Microsoft, Nintendo, Warner Bros, Bethesda, Sega, and Ubisoft were confirmed to be attending E3 2020.
We expect individual updates from each company to roll out over the subsequent few days. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has already confirmed Microsoft will host its own « Xbox digital event » in lieu of E3, with a time and dates to be announced within the coming weeks.
With the E3 2020 conference canceled, the ESA is looking into taking the show online to permit publishers and developers to still make their announcements.
Hopefully, it isn’t long until we hear about the ESA’s potential online plans, or Microsoft’s for that matter.
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