E3 2020, which was scheduled to be held between June 9-11, in Los Angeles is officially canceled. The cancellation is due to the issues surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The news was made official in a statement by the ESA “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.”
Phil Spencer (head of Xbox) has already confirmed a digital alternative to Microsoft’s E3 presentation in a tweet.
E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. Given this decision, this year we'll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks https://t.co/xckMKBPf9h
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 11, 2020
Ubisoft have also stated in a tweet that they will also have a digital presence. As opposed to the regular presentation they usually hold.
Kotaku are claiming Warner Bros. Games were set to host a press conference at E3, a first for the company. With Rocksteady Studio’s next game, a new Batman game and that leaked Harry Potter game planned to be shown during it.
E3 2021 is still supposed to be happening though. As mentioned in the ESA’s statement which described next year’s event “as a reimagined event”. We will have to wait and see what that means and what it will look like.