E3’s gaming excitement is set to take a break this year as organizer The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) cancels 2022 events together, including both physical and virtual iterations.
The ESA on Thursday revealed that E3 2022 would be canceled altogether, just months after announcing a virtual event, citing concerns about Omicron variant growth. With the 2022 event no longer happening, ESA will instead focus on preparing for a return in 2023 with a “revived showcase” in hybrid format.
“We will dedicate all our energy and resources to deliver a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer,” ESA said in a statement. “Whether enjoying the show floor or your favorite device, the 2023 showcase will bring the community, media and industry back to a whole new format and interactive experience.”
ESA added: “Members look to ESA to provide an experience that revives the event in a new and exciting way. That’s why we’re using this time to plan for 2023 and work with our members to set a new standard for revived showcase hybrid art events and fan participation.
E3 is set to return to Los Angeles in 2023.
The 2022 recap will mark the second consecutive year of popular gaming events to choose from for an all-virtual recap. E3 2021, featuring Square Enix, Nintendo, Xbox and more, went virtual almost a year after the ESA 2020 event was canceled due to coronavirus concerns.