Nintendo and Xbox are on E32021, but not on Sony or EA

E3 2021 – Not like the good old days (Photo: ESA)

E3 2021 is scheduled for June of this year, but it’s only half the lineup of regular publishers, like Activision, EA, Square Enix and Bandai Namco.

An E3 digital event will be held this year, but Sony, EA, Activision, Square Enix and others will not participate.

Last year’s E3 cancellation wouldn’t have come at its worst time for the show, as many publishers were already considering withdrawing from the annual event. Sony had already withdrawn before the coronavirus hit.

Attempts to create an instant online version, usually the world’s largest video game trade fair, didn’t happen for a second as if it didn’t happen this year, and I searched for a while, but it was announced that the E32021 would go on. With a full lineup.

The organizer, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), has confirmed that Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar owners), Warner Bros., Capcom, Deep Silver, and Konami are all participating.

Not surprisingly, Sony hasn’t been identified as part of E3 this year, nor are EA, Activision Blizzard, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Sega and others.

Some of these absences are more surprising than others, and EA also divorced most of E3 before the coronavirus settled. Square Enix has also started hosting its own online public event. Activision is not known to publish anything other than Call of Duty at this time.

The absence of BANDAI NAMCO is especially disappointing, as it is easy to understand that Eldenling is not imminent.

On the contrary, Konami’s presence is surprising because nothing has been announced at this time. It’s very interesting to see if there’s anything else you want to show other than the new Pro Evolution Soccer.

E3 2021, as it is, will take place between June 12th and June 15th, the same day that the physical event occurred in LA.

Nintendo and Xbox online events are very likely to take place shortly before these dates, and Sony, EA, and Square Enix could also host their own live streams at about the same time.

It’s not yet clear what the E3 2021 will look like online. Organizers are keen to point out that it will be completely free, but not mentioned at the time of the rumored demos and early access to the press.

According to ESA, the E3 2022 will return to a physical event, but no one knows what the coronavirus situation will be like last year.

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