According to a new report, Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox will all be absent from E3 2023. This would leave a huge gap in the exhibitor list.
ReedPop, the new organizer, has announced grand plans for E3 2023. However, it seems that the dream of a relaunched and refreshed event that captures the event's glory days may be dead. IGN has learned that Sony, Nintendo, and Xbox have confirmed that they will not attend the show in any official capacity.
E3 2023 was once synonymous with big announcements of games, and these are expected every year. This is a huge blow to organizers and the public. Although smaller, more prestigious publishers like Capcom or Bandai Namco will make up the last exhibitor list, it is likely that those who are excited about the show will be turned away by the lack of information from the three major platform holders.
The news of Xbox's departure is surprising considering Microsoft has supported E3 since its inception, even as major competitors have reduced their presence at the event. Phil Spencer, Microsoft's Head of Gaming, had previously claimed that the company would align a new showcase to E3 - however IGN believes that this will not take place at the official show.
Xbox is on board of the ESA and I believe a healthy and successful ESA is crucial to what we're trying. We place our showcase as we have always done. It's at a time that is convenient for consumers and the press." As we spent much time in 2022 refining the E3 2023 design, and reflecting on the feedback we received, we didn't send one contract to an exhibitor before the beginning of this month. We have received tremendous interest from the largest companies in the industry. When we are ready for announcements, we are confident that it will be a lineup worth the trip to Los Angeles for both the industry and consumers.
Leah J. Williams, a gaming and entertainment journalist, has spent years writing about the industry. She loves The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS, and all of the weird history she can find. You can find her tweeting @legenette most of the days.
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