For more than two decades, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, was a summer ritual for game companies to announce new titles and consoles. Now that , game companies say they still plan to hold announcements.
Shortly after the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced E3's cancellation on Wednesday, major game makers such as Microsoft and Ubisoft said they were planning online events where they'd stream announcements to fans. E3 was set for June 9 to 11 in Los Angeles.
Gaming companies are just the latest to cancel events following the spread of the novel coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has . Local governments around the country have been declaring public health emergencies, barring events and encouraging companies to send employees home.
Tech giants like Facebook and Google were forced to cancel their biggest events of the year,. Now, Silicon Valley .
The video game industry isn't planning to merely cancel E3 though. Companies say they'll announce upcoming games over the internet, likely through livestreams or recorded messages.
Here's what they're planning:
The Xbox maker said it will plan a "digital event" where it will stream announcements of new titles and details of its next-generation Xbox Series X video game console to fans "in the coming weeks."
"We'll continue to be flexible and redirect our efforts to other ways of keeping our fans up to date about our activities and products. We are considering various ways to engage with our fans and will have more to share as the year continues."
Electronic Arts (EA)
"We've continued to follow the coronavirus developments around the world very closely. Clearly the situation is evolving by the day, and we've been reviewing how it will change our plans for EA PLAY 2020. We will share more soon."
The French game maker, known for The Division post-apocalytpic action game and Watch Dogs hacking series, said it too will likely put together a video stream announcing new games, though it didn't offer specifics.
Warner Bros. Games
Warner Bros. Games had planned to host its first E3 press conference, Kotaku reported, where it intended to reveal and Harry Potter games, as well the next game from Arkham series developers Rocksteady Studios. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The on Twitter that it's "exploring other options" to share its games for 2020 and the next-generation consoles, without offering specifics.developer said