E3 2020 is officially cancelled due to coronavirus fears.
See also: League of Legends: 12 champions buffed.
E3 2020, set in Los Angeles from June 9 to 11, has been cancelled by Entertainment Software Association; the reason being health concerns regarding the pandemic of COVID-19.
“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.” stated by ESA.
ESA is seeking to compensate for this cancellation by arranging “an online experience” instead. “We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”
Everyone was already expecting an announcement of this sort. Industry insider and professionals were telling people to brace for this news. For example; Devolver digital posted on Twitter telling everyone to let go of their flight, bookings, etc. The official call is just a final sigh.
The E3 was already going through some rough patches. Following the absence of Sony for a second time and a leak of the ESA website and attendee list. Finally, this blowing news may change how this massively popular and important event carries out in the future.
Along with E3 2020, many other events have been dropped for the COVID-19 scare. Such as GCD and SXSW. This means developers and publishers will look for a substitute and might just hold their own online shows, to showcase their new upcoming products. Especially when the next-gen Xbox and Playstation release date is yet unconfirmed and not displayed with full details, it might potentially be delayed.
Check this: Horizon Zero Dawn coming to PC