E3 Virtual, Physical Events Canceled For 2022; ESA Promises “Reinvigorated” 2023 Return

gaming excitement of E3 This year will have to take a break as the organizer Entertainment Software Association (ESA) simultaneously cancels the 2022 event, including both physical and virtual iterations.

On Thursday, ESA revealed that E3 2022 would be completely scrapped, just months after the announcement. a virtual event Citing concerns about Omicron variant surges. With the 2022 event no longer taking place, ESA will instead focus on preparing for a return to the hybrid format in 2023 with “a strong showcase”.

“We will devote all of our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer,” ESA said in a statement. “Whether enjoyed on the show floor or from your favorite devices, 2023 Showcase will bring community, media and industry back together in a new format and interactive experience.”

ESA added: “Members look to ESA to deliver an experience that revitalizes the event in a new and exciting way. We are therefore using this time to shape our plans for 2023 and ensure Working with its members to showcase that revitalized hybrid sets a new standard for industry events and fan engagement.

E3 is set to return to Los Angeles in 2023.

The 2022 iteration would have marked the second year in a row of the popular gaming event opting for an all-virtual iteration. E3 2021, which featured presentations from Square Enix, Nintendo, Xbox and more, went virtual almost a year after the ESA canceled the 2020 event due to coronavirus concerns.