Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox Will Not Be Taking Part in E3 2023
It looks like E3 2023 will be noticeably quieter than before as the Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox teams will not e taking part in it.
Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox to Focus On Their Own Shows Instead of E3 2023
IGN reports that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft will not attend the upcoming E3 conference in June. E3 is making a comeback as an in-person event in LA after a hiatus in 2022, but the absence of the major console makers may make it less of a big event like in past years. Sony skipped E3 in 2019 and has not returned, while Microsoft has mentioned a LA showcase this summer but did not mention E3.
Nintendo has a history of making major announcements through its Direct presentations, so it may not need to attend E3. Additionally, E3 is set to take place a month after the release of a highly anticipated game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and Nintendo may prefer to keep the focus on the game.
ReedPop’s global VP of gaming, Kyle Marsden-Kish, declined to confirm the absence of the big three console makers from E3 in a statement to The Verge. Marsden-Kish said that ReedPop is in ongoing discussions with companies of all sizes and will soon share information about the game developers, publishers, and industry players who plan to showcase their products and games at the event. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo did not respond to requests for comment.
As E3 has decreased in size, other digital platforms such as The Game Awards and Summer Game Fest hosted by Geoff Keighley have emerged as venues for game publishers to make announcements. Summer Game Fest announced its return on June 8th, just a few days before E3.
Pokdepinion: Not surprised, this was bound to happen eventually since these companies were already doing their own shows. Would this be permanent? Not necessarily unless E3 continues to dwindle down in value in the coming years.