E3 has traditionally been the big game show of the year, filled with the biggest game announcements, gameplay videos and, in recent years, audience hands-on sessions, but the pandemic has forced ESA’s hands in 2020 and 2021, dropping to an online-only event with limited success.
With gamers all expecting much the same this year, whispers began circulating suggesting that E3 2022 might be canceled altogether. This news was confirmed at the end of March by the device manufacturers and finally, the organizers who confirmed that there would be no show – digital or otherwise – in 2022.
We outline everything you need to know here, including alternative game shows and live streams aimed at filling the void left by E3 in June.
E3 2022 canceled by ESA
Rather than a third attempt at a digital-only game show, organizers ESA have confirmed that E3 2022 will not take place in June as planned.
In a statement provided to IGN, organizers explain that all energy is being put into a bigger and better E3 2023.
“We will be pouring all of our energy into delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 next summer. Whether you enjoy it at the show or from your favorite digital devices, Showcase 2023 will once again bring together the community, media and industry – in a whole new format and as an interactive experience”.
The new E3 2023 format appears to be a hybrid, combining in-person and online elements into one cohesive experience. It’s an interesting idea, but we’ll probably wait a while before we get any concrete details on what it will look like.
Interestingly, IGN sources claim that “discussions over a digital equivalent [to E3 2022] were in progress, but in decline”.
Alternatives to E3 2022
While the cancellation of E3 2022 is disappointing for longtime fans of the show, the good news is that several alternate shows are set to take place around the same time.
There is the Showcase of Xbox and Bethesda gameswhich Microsoft has confirmed will take place on June 12, 2022 to 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm BST. The company teased “incredible titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and our partners around the world,” covering upcoming games on Xbox and PC as well as Game Pass releases.
Starfield is largely expected to make an appearance ahead of its November debut, along with Redfall, another title slated for release in 2022.
We explain how to watch the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase separately if you want to tune in.
the PC gaming fairwhich has been running alongside E3 since 2015, is confirmed to take place on June 12, 2022.
As in previous years, organizers are teasing “unreleased gameplay footage” as well as conversations with developers and “announcements from the world of PC gaming.”
It is flanked by the Future Games Faira sister event to the PC Gaming Show that focuses not just on PC but PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and Mobile, promising “all-new trailers and exclusives from the most exciting games of 2022 and beyond”.
It is expected to take place on the same day as the PC Gaming Show, the June 12, 2022with times yet to be confirmed.
Geoff Keighley also confirmed in a tweet that the Summer game party will come back this month of june with “announcements, news and first looks” and some “really cool new stuff” for this year’s show.
Glad to share this @SummerGameFest will return in June with a list of events. We’ll be producing another Kickoff Live broadcast with announcements, news, and early previews.
Lots more to share in the coming weeks, plus some really cool new stuff for ’22. pic.twitter.com/jjXLG8Xueh
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley)
March 31, 2022
What that will look like remains to be seen and dates are yet to be confirmed, but more details are to be announced “in the coming weeks.”
We’ll update this section as more publishers announce alternate plans for E3 2022, so check back frequently for the latest news.