For 26 years E3 has been the biggest event in the gaming calendar, with it being the place where most major announcements have taken place, from the biggest game and console reveals, providing many iconic moments. But, that is all set to come to an end as it has been officially confirmed that E3 2022 has been canceled.
E3 has had a tough time in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the event being canceled in 2020, and then a digital-only event in 2021. Now, in 2022 ESA has decided to not host the E3 event in Anaheim.
All is not lost though, as ESA is planning for a large comeback in 2023, but whether it will reach the heights it once did is unknown, and also very unlikely.
In the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies began pulling out of E3, such as EA and Sony, opting for their own presentations instead. Then, throughout 2020 and 2021 companies have had to largely resort to hosting their own presentations and many have found a lot of success by not being lost in the shuffle of dozens of other presentations that would take place over the course of a few days.
Now, E3 isn’t as needed as it once was, so it will be interesting to see whether studios and developers plan on attending E3 2023 or whether most opt for their own presentations. And if that is the case, it will be sad to see the end of such an iconic part of the video game industry.