Do you know how they say bad things tend to come in threes? Well, that seems to be the case for E3 this year, thanks to Covid once again causing a ruckus all over the globe.
For a second year running, E3 2022 will be held online, making it three years in total since the expo went ahead in person. With the global pandemic once again playing the devil’s advocate, fans will have to enjoy the fruits of gaming through mainly streaming platforms and live catch-up.
Speaking to GamesBeat today, the ESA announced that, due to the uprise in the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the expo will not be going ahead in its usual Los Angeles home. Instead, the event will be digital-only, the same as it was last year. Surprise, surprise.
“Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022,” the statement read. “We are nonetheless excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
So, what can we expect?
Setting the bad news aside for a moment, we can rest assured that E3 will be making a return this year, regardless of the new variant making its rounds. And let’s not forget that the gaming expo was scrapped altogether in 2020. So, you know, that’s something to think about. It’s better than nothing, that’s all we’re saying.
Similar to every other year in the book, E3 2022 will roll out the red carpet for the gaming giants of the world. Loaded with new trailers, exclusive footage and long-awaited updates, the online event will surely satisfy its millions of streamers. The only downside, of course, is that it’ll be over the web.
As for when the event is, well — we can probably put a pin on a June window. Similar to previous years, it’s likely to be in the June 14 to June 16 ballpark. But don’t take our word on that. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it has been confirmed.
So, what do you make of the news? Are you at all surprised to know E3 will be going digital again this year? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below. You can follow the updates for yourself on the official handle here.