When E3 to the Los Angeles Conference Heart for the primary time because the begin of the pandemic, Microsoft gained’t be on the present ground. “We will’t wait to host our Xbox Video games Showcase on June eleventh and can share extra particulars later,” an Xbox spokesperson on Friday (). “We additionally look ahead to co-streaming our occasion as a part of E3 Digital and won’t be on the E3 present ground.”
Questions on Microsoft’s E3 2023 presence started circulating firstly of February when reported that the corporate, alongside Sony and Nintendo, wouldn’t have a presence on the present ground. There was some hope Microsoft would nonetheless be on the occasion after the corporate introduced it could stream a devoted Starfield showcase on , the identical day E3’s “Digital Week” kicks off. Microsoft’s determination to skip the in-person portion of E3 comes after Nintendo mentioned final month it could not be at the event at all. Sony has but to state whether or not it will likely be at E3 2023.
The absence of even one console producer from the E3 present ground is a big blow to the Leisure Software program Affiliation. The present has misplaced a lot of its shine since 2019, when the ESA inadvertently of greater than 2,000 journalists, analysts and content material creators. The pandemic and the emergence of competing occasions like haven’t allowed E3 to regain its footing.