E3 2021 will be virtual — and free — in June

E3 is coming back. 

James Martin/CNET

Last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3, was one of countless events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the show will go on — and go online. 

E3 2021 will take place from June 12 to 15, the Entertainment Software Association said Tuesday. Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media are the publishers that have already committed to showing off their games at the event, according to the association. 

“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, CEO of the ESA. “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 that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”

One notable omission from the list of game companies committed to E3 2021 is Sony. The company skipped E3 2019 and had plannned to skip E3 2020 before the show was canceled. Sony has yet to announce if it will produce its own show as it did in previous years.  

In February, the ESA confirmed it would change how it did E3 for 2021. The association has yet to provide plans on what platforms it will use to stream the show. ESA did note that it looks forward to hosting the event in person in 2022. 

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