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The ESA has responded to reports that E3 2024 and E3 2025 have already been cancelled, following a recent development that indicated the event won’t be returning following its cancellation this year.
The Los Angeles City Tourism Department shared a report this week (as spotted by members of the ResetEra forum) of business figures from earlier this month that included the Los Angeles Convention Center where the event takes place. These figures included the footnote “includes E3 cancellations for 2024 and 2025”, which appears to imply that the booking of that venue for the next two years for the show has been withdrawn and the shows themselves cancelled.
However, following the wide reporting of this detail by places such as VideoGamesChronicle, the ESA (one of the major bodies responsible for the show) issued a statement to those outlets to reassure E3 fans that reports of the show’s death may be premature at this point. “The ESA is currently having conversations about E3 2024 (and beyond), and no final decisions about the event have been made at this time.”
E3 2023 was announced to have been cancelled back in March, despite the original intention to be the show’s comeback following the show being abandoned since 2020 due in part to factors such as the global pandemic. PAX operator Reedpop had taken up the reins of the event to much fanfare in July of last year, but unfortunately by the time March rolled around, plans were squashed when the event “did not garner the sustained interest necessary to execute it in a way that would showcase the size, strength, and impact of our industry”.
Instead, a number of individual showcases have been held over the past few weeks, including a PlayStation Showcase at the end of last month that saw the reveal of the Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake, an Xbox Games Showcase that included a Starfield Direct a couple of weeks ago, Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest that included new info on Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth and, most recently a Nintendo Direct that included a bunch of new Mario games.
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