As foreshadowed back in March 2023 when June’s E3 2023 got cancelled, E3 2024 and all future E3’s have now been cancelled by the ESA. Making it four years in a row they didn’t manage to convert the expo to a digital gaming event, which resulted in its death after 25 years of being gaming’s biggest annual showcase event.
Here’s what E3 organizer ESA had to say:
“After more than two decades of E3, each one bigger than the last, the time has come to say goodbye. Thanks for the memories. -GGWP / E3 / ESA”
Sad as it is, it seems everyone has moved on and dubbed June’s digital Summer Game Fest the ‘new E3’. In the past two years it even expanded into having showfloor game demos for press to get a first hands-on with the newly announced video games, thus returning to the feel of the original E3 that was exclusively open to press.
Here’s ex-Sony God of War / Twisted Metal game director David Jaffe reminiscing about his favorite E3 memories over the years at 27:20 minutes into his latest livestream…
Here’s a look back at 20 of the best E3 moments ever…
So what’s the future?
Geoff Keighley, who previously setup the yearly The Game Awards (10 years running), always promises many world premiere game announcements for each Summer Game Fest! The 5th annual event is expected to return in the second week of June 2024.