There hasn’t been an E3 since 2019. Part of that is due to the pandemic, and part of it is due to a total lack of support from major publishers, a trend that started before 2019 but only accelerated when in-person events became impossible. Despite this, the Entertainment Software Association, the org behind the event, has refused to call time on E3’s body — every year they’ve insisted there will be one, and every year they’ve had to walk back the statement when not enough people signed on.
Hope any of you reading this didn’t already buy your tickets to this year’s E3 — it’s not happening. The Entertainment Software Association confirmed this afternoon that there will be no E3 in 2023. Those who were surprised by this probably haven’t been paying attention.
Is E3 coming back this year? That depends on who you ask. If you ask the event organizers, they’ll say “YEAH baby, it’ll be a blast!” If you ask the largest video game companies in the world, they’ll say “meh, not really.”
They’ve been declaring E3 dead for years. Even before today’s announcement, even before the pandemic, industry vets were questioning the wisdom of packing every member of the press into a sardine can with booming speakers and flashing lights when the information being delivered this way could have easily been done via E-mail. But today they made it official: the Entertainment Software Association publicly stated that there will be no Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2022.
After what’s been a lackluster E3 even by post-COVID limited-resources no-time-to-prepare-anything standards, everyone was looking to Nintendo to save the day. Did they do it? Well…their Direct this morning wasn’t a series of slam dunks, but they scored enough times to leave us pleased. Here are the things that intrigue us most:
Usually, Nintendo is the last company to make their E3 presentation. If you’re a Nintendo fan and you want to know what they’ve got up their sleeve, you have to wait and wait and wait through all the other guys’ boring videos about meatheads shooting aliens in order to to get there. Your only salvation is if there’s a leak, but those aren’t always reliable (still waiting on that Switch Pro reveal…)
The country may be finally recovering, but it’s still a bit too early to hold giant conventions that pack thousands of people into an enclosed space like sardines (and even if it wasn’t, the wheels for this were set in motion months ago). E3 2021, like E3 2020 before it, is a virtual event. But just like regular-flavor E3, it will still be crammed with announcements for new games, fresh trailers for ones we know about, and too many post-apocalyptic storylines to keep track of.
It’s E3 month, and though that doesn’t mean what it used to, there will still be a substantially larger amount of video game news coming out in June than there will be the rest of the year. Sony ejected themselves from the conference years ago, but Nintendo is still participating…and they’ve revealed the time and date of their official E3 Direct.
How do you know when a video game console has truly arrived? When has it truly been accepted as a success by the gaming public? If you ask me, it’s the point when they make a controller for your console shaped like a Dragon Quest Slime.
Here’s something we never expected to hear. The websute USGamer caught up with Yu Suzuki, director, writer and pretty much everything behind the existence of the Shenmue series. The reporter asked Suzuki if Shenmue 3 would be concluding the story of protagonist Ryo…not really a question most other reporters felt like asking, because obviously it would, right?
Earlier this year, Activision and Toys For Bob fire-breathed new life into an old mascot with the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The compilation was released for Playstation 4 and XBox One, but Switch owners have been waiting (im)patiently for their own turn with the dragon.
If you want an arcade machine that plays Star Wars, just ignore AtGames’ suspicious “Legends Ultimate” cabinet and feast your eyes on the newest offerings from Arcade1up. A Star Wars cabinet was revealed on the show floor today, along with cabinets for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel properties.