E3 2021 Plans Announced

Xbox and Nintendo Attending, no sign of Sony


Mason Hardy

The ESA released news regarding the upcoming E3 digital event which is set for June 12-15. The ESA has released a list of publishers who have made the commitment to participating in the event:

  •         Nintendo
  •         Xbox
  •         Capcom
  •         Konami
  •         Ubisoft
  •         Take-Two Interactive
  •         Warner Bros. Games
  •         Koch Media

Notable companies like Sony, Square Enix, Sega, and EA are missing from this list. Though, Sony pulled out of E3 back in 2019 and has yet to make a reappearance at the conference. It is possible that these companies may join the event at a later time, as the ESA did specify these are “early commitments,” but only time will tell.

Microsoft did recently announce their own summer event, but it is unclear if that will be related to their E3 showcase.

ESA president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis says the organization is “evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event” that will include news and game reveals. The event will be open to fans, media, and industry alike.

The E3 website promises “live press conferences and a four-day long video stream,” similar to previous years, now just in an online format.

Contrary to initial reporting, the ESA has now stated that entry to the online event will be completely free to attend online. Fans can sign up for details on the E3 website.

The ESA plans on having an in-person E3 conference in 2022.