The big games show may not be going on this summer; however, new games are still being announced
Video games are booming as people seek ways to stay entertained while hunkering down at home to help prevent coronavirus spread.
The pandemic also resulted in the cancelation of major video games events, including the annual E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo, where game companies typically announce new titles. The E3 was initially scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.
Although the show has been canceled, both Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5 are due to be released in time for the holiday shopping season. A lot of details have yet to be announced, including the pricing for new consoles, significant titles, and new features like cloud gaming.
GameSpot will cover all major game announcements, as well as other conferences that have moved online, just as we always do — by providing real-time updates, comments, and analytics that you can only get here. GameSpot will also hold a gaming event this summer called Play for All, featuring news, interviews, and a charity drive with Direct Relief to support health care workers treating COVID-19 patients.
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X in July
The video games and software giant organized a digital event on May 7 to show off games made by their partners, including the latest installment of the hit sports franchise Madden 21 from Electronic Arts, the Sega drama Yakuza: like the historical fiction game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla from A Dragon and Ubisoft.
Microsoft said that another event would take place in July when it’s expected to show off Halo: Infinite, a new release in the company’s hit space war saga. It will also provide a look at games made by Microsoft-owned development studios.
EA Play on June 11
For years, Electronic Arts haven’t attended E3, opting to hold their nearby EA Play fan instead. EA Play is set to move online this year as a streaming video series.
EA has not shared the schedule of the event or a lot of information about the games which will be displayed. It’s predicted that the company will update its FIFA soccer series, Madden NFL games, and NHL titles. CNET sister site GameSpot says reports suggest in the works a new Star Wars title and a new computer simulator for Frontline War.
Nintendo, which produces the video games console for Switch, has held an annual Nintendo Direct video Livestream timed with E3 since June 2013. The organization has not revealed a date for this year’s event so far, and reports say that it could be postponed until after early June. Nintendo refrained from commenting.
American game developer Bethesda is also conducting news conferences at E3, presenting his newest games. The company has updates scheduled for this year for the postapocalyptic adventure game Fallout 76, and the Elder Scrolls. Bethesda did not answer a request for comment.
Every year French game maker Ubisoft holds an E3 news conference to discuss upcoming titles. The company is carrying out the newest chapter in its Assassin’s Creed franchise; a new hacker adventure, Watch Dogs, has already been revealed, and it is also updating its post-apocalyptic shooting game The Division 2, among others. Ubisoft hasn’t said whether it’s going to hold an event this summer. The firm has not replied to a request for comment.
Sony has already said it wouldn’t be taking part in this year’s E3, but it still expects to release it’s PlayStation 5. The company has not yet given the public a sense of what the console of video games will look like, how much it will cost, or which games will be released at launch. Sometime this summer, probably in early June, the company is expected to offer those specifics. Sony said it does not have any further information to share at this time.