As was to be expected, the E3 returns in 2023 in a hybrid format, having both the in-person format and the online live streams. The Electronic Entertainment Expo has been inconsistent since 2020 due to the COVID situation, but now plans to make a giant comeback in the next year.
E3 was already confirmed to happen in 2023, as Entertainment Software Association had already stated when announcing the event would be cancelled this year. But now, during a Washington Post interview, ESA president and CEO Stan Pierre-Louis confirmed once again the return of the event.
E3 returns in 2023
Pierre-Louis affirms that the event planners are excited to return in this hybrid format, and tells how he believes that the physical contact is important to the full experience the E3 can bring:
“As much as we love these digital events, and as much as they reach people and we want that global reach, we also know that there’s a really strong desire for people to convene — to be able to connect in person and see each other and talk about what makes games great.”
The E3 started in 1995 and has since become the biggest annual video game showcase, bringing players, developers and the press all together with the single goal of enjoying the games they love. But in the last few years, ESA has suffered many drawbacks due to the pandemic.
2020 was the first year without E3, and while it returned as an online-only event in 2021, it was again cancelled this year. While it will happen in 2023, no exact date was given in the interview.
But as a “replacement”, we still have other events filled with announcements happening this year. We just received the State of Play, and the Summer Game Fest is also happening soon. The Xbox Games Showcase is also scheduled to happen next week, with an extended edition also confirmed.