The fate of the E3 2023 trade show has become uncertain. From behind the scenes rumors are surfacing that the event would be canceled altogether. So far, however, the organizer has not commented on the matter.
Nevertheless, more companies are canceling their participation in E3 2023. Such decision was made by Ubisoft - despite earlier assurances of attendance - as well as Sega, Devolver Digital and Level Infinite.
If this year's edition of the fair nevertheless takes place in some form, there is a good chance that it will be attended by Konami. The Japanese company has allegedly announce the remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, which is scheduled for release in 2024.
If anyone had doubts about Microsoft's presence at E3 2023, the Redmond giant has finally dispelled them. A representative of the company has provided this very information to IGN.
Unless something unexpected happens, the 2023 E3 trade show will take place - both stationary, as well as online. The counter on the website of the event measures the time left until June 11, when it is scheduled to begin. Game shows planned are scheduled for the days from June 13 to 16.
Assuming the E3 2023 does come to fruition, this will be the first edition of the event since 2019 (not counting the 2021 online event, which industry media have dubbed as "pseudo-E3"). With that said, "event" may be an abuse in the case of this particular happening, as many industry heavyweights will not attend.
Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are not going
E3 2023 is likely to lack the biggest console manufacturers. In recent years Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo - as they are referred to here - have started to organize their own shows and apparently have decided that this form of communication with players suits them better - both in terms of image and (presumably) financially.
The Redmond giant is set to organize another edition of the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, which will take place on June 11, again as part of the June Summer Game Fest event (kicking off June 8). It seemed that the company's showcase would focus on the presentation of Starfield, but when revealing a new release date for the game, Bethesda announced a separate event - Starfield Direct. Nevertheless, there should be no shortage of other attractions - Forza Motorsport is certain to be present and there is talk of new Fable.
Sony, on the other hand, has been gearing up for the PlayStation Showcase for quite some time. However, we still don't know when the event might take place. Nevertheless, industry insiders suggest that we should expect it before E3 2023.
It's hard to say how things are going with Nintendo. Although the company recently confirmed that it will not be appearing at E3, in June we will be after the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. "Big N" may therefore need a show window for its future smaller games. Will a show like the Nintendo Direct be enough to generate interest among gamers?
E3 2023 - who will be there?
Of the big companies, the show is expected to feature Ubisoft. What's more, the French not only confirmed the presence, but also announced, that they will announce a new single player game from a "neglected" series. One of the more likely candidates seems to be the Heroes of Might and Magic series (since the seventh installment was released more than seven years ago). We will certainly not miss Assassins' Creed - after all 10 games from the series are being developed.
Judging by last years' shows, there should also be no shortage of companies from Japan at E3 2023. One can expect to see, among others, Square Enix, Bandai Namco or Capcom. As for what games they will present, for now we are left to guess. For example, the presence of Bandai Namco could suggest that we will see the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC for Elden Ring, but it's not impossible that it will be demonstrated during Summer Game Fest.
The same is true of Kojima Productions - because of the friendship between Hideo Kojima and Geoff Keighley, the originator and host of SGF. So if we see Death Stranding 2 in June, it will be at that event.
During the E3 2023 we may also see a show from Electronic Arts. However, I deliberately wrote "during" and not "at", because EA used to hold a separate EA Play Live show. In 2019, such a show took place in Los Angeles during the fair, but in practice was not part of it. In 2021, the company's presentation took place after the "pseudo-E3", and last year it was abandoned altogether. Can we expect EA Play Live this year? In what form? We will probably find out soon.
The organizer of E3 2023 is the company ReedPop, which has not habit of announcing the participants of its events before they start. Nevertheless, its president, Lance Fensterman, recently told TheVerge, that preparations are going "full steam," and that this case is unique and the style of the event will be tailored to the player expectations. This could mean that a slightly more detailed program for the event - which has reportedly already been largely decided - will be announced soon.