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E3 Returns in 2021 With a Digital Event

E3 Returns in 2021 With a Digital Event

The world’s premier video game event, E3, is back in 2021 with an all-virtual event that will take place from June 12 – 15 and it’ll be free for everyone. Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, and Ubisoft are some of the gaming companies that are confirmed to participate with more to be announced soon.

Despite being limited to online-only, the event holders promise it will still be a big event with a lot of games to see.

Working Together

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has been working closely with various gaming companies to make this E3 possible. ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis are optimistic, saying, “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…”

Several gaming companies have already announced that they will not participate in this year’s event. Sony, EA, Square Enix, Sega, Activision Blizzard, and Bandai Namco will not be participating this year. EA completely removed itself from E3 years ago and others like Square Enix will hold their own events.

Making Big Bucks

The gaming industry had a fantastic year. The industry, as a whole, made around $160 billion worldwide. Esports had a rough start when all the events were canceled but have since made a comeback and earned $20 million last year. Gaming companies also took the opportunity to merge and accommodate other game developers.

Microsoft went and bought Bethesda Software for $7.5 billion and is currently under negotiations to buy Discord for a reported $10 billion much to the chagrin of gamers. Then you have gaming giant Tencent owning large stakes in big-name companies like Epic Games, Ubisoft, and Riot.

What to Expect

At the time of this writing, no games have been announced for E3 so we’re going to have to speculate a bit. Earlier this year, sources have leaked information about a new Switch model but nothing official. Nintendo may make an official announcement later on and finally, show off the new model after enough details have been leaked and we can paint a picture ourselves.

2021 marks the 35th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series, an anniversary that Nintendo has been strangely quiet about. Fans have been eagerly awaiting news regarding a new Zelda game.

Ever since Microsoft acquired Bethesda, fans speculated about what new games will come from the acclaimed developer. It has been almost ten years since the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and we don’t have a lot of information on the sixth entry. We do know that it’s under development since Todd Howard introduced a teaser trailer back in 2018 but there haven’t been any updates to follow up.

We know Capcom is developing Street Fighter 6 but I highly doubt it will be shown this year; it’s too early in development. Square Enix may possibly show off a new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI and, hopefully, announce its release date.

What are you waiting for? What game are you hoping will make an appearance this year?

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