Entertainment Software Association announces E3 2023 dates

E3, one of the biggest trade events in the video game industry, has largely been a non-factor in recent years.

The Entertainment Software Association has officially announced that the next Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will take place between Tuesday, June 13, 2023, and Friday, June 16, 2023, at the Los Angeles Convention Center following a digital showcase that will take place on Sunday, June 11.

Ubisoft is the only confirmed video game publisher for E3 2023.

The announcement revealed that the event will be split into two parts tagged Industry Days and Gamer Days. The first part, Industry Days, will take place between Tuesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 15, while the second part, Gamer Days, will run from Thursday, June 15, to Friday, June 16.

The event will be produced by ReedPOP, the company behind the New York Comic Con, PAX, Comic Con Africa, and Star Wars Celebration, among others.

The E3 is the biggest gaming industry trade event in the United States with video game developers and publishers, as well as hardware and accessory makers, taking the stage to unveil their upcoming titles and accessories. E3 2023 will be the first E3 event since 2021 as the organizer canceled last year’s version. It will also be the first in-person event since 2019 because of COVID-19.

At the moment, Ubisoft is the only big publisher confirmed for the event, although ReedPOP has announced that it will reveal more participants in the coming days stating, "Exhibitors from AAA companies to indie darlings and tech companies will be announced leading up to the expo."

Nintendo is reportedly missing out because it doesn't have any major title to showcase with Tears of the Kingdom arriving before the event.

Nevertheless, reports suggest that Konami has big plans for E3, specifically, the official reveals of a Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake, a Castlevania reboot, and several more unannounced Silent Hill projects.

Unfortunately, other industry giants like Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo will skip the event. According to reports, Nintendo opted out of the event because it doesn’t have any major update to share, especially since its biggest title for some time, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, will arrive ahead of it. Xbox, on the other hand, is missing the event because of its own showcase that will happen around the same time as the E3.

Sony hasn’t attended E3 since 2018, presumably because of a disagreement with the ESA. As a result, its absence at the 2023 event was more or less a given. However, the Japanese company is reportedly planning a PlayStation Showcase, scheduled to take place before the E3, where it will reveal its own projects.

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