E3, the biggest gaming convention, is back this year with an online-only E3 2021. We've got everything you need to know about the event below.
E3 2021 Start Date & Duration
We don't know a whole lot about what's in store for this year's E3 digital conference, but we do know when everything should be taking place.
E3 2021 is due to take place between June 12 and June 15 as it stands. However, ESA could easily change this going forwards given the online-only nature of the event.
This is almost the exact same dates as E3 2019, which took place between June 11th and June 13th, so we're inclined to think that the dates above will remain the event's starting date and duration.
How To Sign Up
At the moment, the only way to sign-up for anything is through the E3 2021 website. This will "subscribe" you to "special offers and announcements about the digital E3 experience."
So, it won't actually get you your virtual ticket but it will sign you up for an email about it when they do become available.
E3 2021 is going to be a free event and available through "the new E3 exclusive online portal and supporting mobile app, as well as other major video platforms".
There isn't anything specific about any of these just yet, but that essentially means that you'll be able to watch E3 in quite a few different places if you decide to tune in.
An Online-Only Digital Event
If you weren't aware, going online-only is a pretty big deal for E3. Especially when you consider the fact that E3 2020 was straight-up cancelled last year.
This was due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which we know has had a sizeable impact on the gaming industry as a whole, but this wasn't the only blow E3 suffered last year.
" For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer while uniting the world through games..." - ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis
Sony, one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, announced that they would not be attending E3 2020 prior to its' cancellation and this has led to an intense period of reflection and re-evaluation ahead of the decision to bring E3 back in 2021.
An Inclusive Event
One thing that the fans will be happy to know is that E3 is finally going to be free to attend! Of course, this is a lot easier to do thanks to the fact that it is a digital-only event but it is an important step in the right direction for the gaming conference.
Over the last year, we've seen several major publishers and gaming companies hold their own digital presentations in lieu of E3 2020 and we find it hard to imagine that they'd want to transition back into a more exclusive format going forward.
" We are evolving this year's E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable centre stage for video games."
At its core, E3 is like the Comic-Con for gaming. It is more than just a news conference. It's a celebration of the industry and its fans as much as it is a place to get exciting information and First Looks.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to take a step back from giant conventions and look into new ways of celebrating their favourite things. With this in mind, when you consider the over-saturation of gaming media outlets, it seems like the only way E3 could come back in 2021 is to make the event free-to-watch at the very least.
Industry Support So Far
This is the interesting part. As of writing, E3 2021 has been backed by Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros and Koch Media, according to GamesIndustryBiz.
This is a pretty fantastic list and would undoubtedly make for a fantastic multi-day digital-only event.
Will Sony & EA Attend E3 2021?
However, there are still some big names missing. Sony and EA appear to still be keeping their distance from the Event and Blizzard, Sega, Bandai Namco, and Square Enix still haven't backed it.
There is, of course, time for these publishers to "sign up" to be a part of E3 2021. However, with the success of Square Enix Presents, BlizzCon 2021, Sony's State of Play Presentation and all the other publisher-specific in-house digital presentations... Would it even be worth their time?
E3 2021 is going to be very different to what we have seen from ESA in the past, for better or for worse.