Right, well, it’s 2021 — and we’re still waiting for the global pandemic to dwindle. It’s because of this, frustratingly, that millions of players are starting to lose hope of seeing live events making a comeback this year. Of course, we’d all love to venture back to a gaming convention or five for old times’ sake. Sadly, however, that is looking rather unlikely — and 2021 is shaping up to be just as familiar as last year. Although, there is one major change this year — especially in our beloved gaming world. E3, although playing it safe last year with no live event, has decided to go full throttle with this year’s showcase.
But, there’s a catch. Of course, seeing as we’re still under the global pandemic spotlight, the faces behind the renowned gaming showcase have decided to make 2021 an “all-digital” event. That, in essence, means over the course of three days, E3 will allocate timeslots to developers for a respectable amount of time to help promote their latest works. So, basically a live E3 — only through your screen, and maybe a tad slower.
ESA wrote to publishers…
“We can confirm that we are transforming the E3 experience for 2021 and will soon share exact details on how we’re bringing the global video game community together,” the ESA wrote. “We are having great conversations with publishers, developers and companies across the board, and we look forward to sharing details about their involvement soon.”
E3 is looking to include an awards ceremony, preview night, as well as a separate channel for influencers and publishers. Oh, and they’re also tinkering with the idea of providing remote-play demos for upcoming games. So, it sure sounds like the team behind the show are working full-throttle to try and assure 2021 at least makes up for the silence last year. Let’s just hope it can be everything we want and more.
The full details for the E3 showcase will be going up fairly soon. In the meantime, try not to dwell on the lack of live shows too much. We’ll be back in plastic seats and soaking up the ambience in no time, people.