This was purported to be the 12 months, after business setbacks and a worldwide pandemic, that E3—as soon as the brightest centre of the online game universe—got here again “recognizably epic” as a reside present for the primary time since 2019. Experiences at the moment point out, nevertheless, that will probably be doing so with out any of the console business’s energy gamers.
A narrative on IGN this night says “all three of gaming’s first-party console producers seem poised to skip E3’s large return”, which means that for the primary time within the reside present’s historical past not a single certainly one of them will likely be at an occasion that was historically their spotlight of the entire rattling 12 months.
Whereas this can be a definitive remaining straw for E3, this has been coming for some time. Nintendo stopped holding large E3 press conferences ten years in the past (although the corporate had a showroom ground presence on the final reside present in 2019), and Microsoft and Bethesda not too long ago pivoted to holding their very own showcases alongside the E3 festivities. Sony additionally started passing on E3 stuff a couple of years again.
Whereas Microsoft gained’t be at any official E3 occasions, boss Phil Spencer says that, as they’ve performed the previous couple of years, Xbox will in 2023 be doing stuff alongside E3 in order that any press and business of us on the town for that present will likely be round for theirs as effectively. It’s not identified what Nintendo and Sony will likely be doing in E3’s stead, if something, although Geoff Keighley’s rival Summer season Video games Fest will likely be happening at roughly the identical time.
It’s essential to notice right here that this isn’t the identical E3 because the olden days. Occasions specialists ReedPop took over administration of the present final 12 months, and stated:
For years, we’ve listened, heard, and studied the worldwide gaming group’s suggestions. E3 2023 will likely be recognizably epic—a return to type that honors what’s at all times labored—whereas reshaping what didn’t and setting a brand new benchmark for online game expos in 2023 and past.
How they’re going to be “recognizably epic” with out any main platform holder in attendance is anybody’s guess, although ReedPop did say in a press release to IGN that:
As we spent a lot of 2022 refining how E3 2023 would take form, reflecting on the suggestions we solicited, we didn’t ship a single contract to an exhibitor till the beginning of this month. We’ve obtained an incredible quantity of curiosity and verbal commitments from most of the largest corporations within the business, and after we are able to announce the exhibitors we’re assured will probably be a lineup that can make the journey to Los Angeles effectively price it for the business and shoppers alike.