The future has by no means seemed as uncertain for E3 because it has in the final couple of years, and because it does proper now. 2022 is the second time in three years that there’s not going to be an E3 (although its absence in 2020 is clearly attributed to COVID), and with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest speeding in to fill that void, there are a lot of who’re left questioning whether or not the time for E3 is previous.
However, the ESA, the governing physique that runs and organizes E3, appears assured that the present may be very a lot going to comeback sturdy than ever subsequent yr. In a current interview with The Washington Post, ESA president Stan Pierre-Louis reiterated that E3 might be again subsequent yr, including that it’ll be a hybrid digital and in-person occasion, and that the ESA is “excited” about placing on the present.
“We’re enthusiastic about coming again in 2023 with each a digital and an in-person occasion,” Pierre-Louis mentioned. “As a lot as we love these digital occasions, and as a lot as they attain individuals and we wish that international attain, we additionally know that there’s a extremely sturdy want for individuals to convene — to have the ability to join in particular person and see one another and speak about what makes video games nice.”
Of course, it’s value noting that E3 2022 was very a lot in the pipeline as properly, and had been since June final yr. It was solely in April earlier this yr that the present was formally cancelled. Whether E3 2023 will be capable of keep away from an identical destiny stays to be seen.
For what it’s value, even in the absence of E3, June 2022 is wanting packed. In addition to tomorrow’s Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live, numerous different occasions have been introduced, together with the likes of the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, Capcom Showcase, PC Gaming Show, Future Games Show, Devolver Direct, and extra.