Almost everything will be postponed or canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic – but not some of the planned presentations of the new consoles as well as the games. A well-known game analyst predicts that some PS5 and Xbox Series X titles will take place well before the actual E3 date; of course digital.

What exactly does the corona virus mean for the planned releases 2020/2021 and the new next-gen consoles, which should still appear by the end of the year? Video game analyst Daniel Ahmad discusses the topic on Twitter and suggests that some Presentations on PS5 and Xbox Series X games due to the circumstances even before the actual E3 date. So before June 2020:

“With the cancellation of the E3, many planned announcements and presentations will drop out of this E3 week. Some take place much earlier, others much later. Some stay in the E3 week. The first proper presentations of next-gen consoles and next-gen games also take place much earlier."

Of course, this makes sense insofar as many publishers and developers announced weeks ago that own digital presentations away from E3 to hold. And they have to of course not limited to the actual period of E3 2020. Which, by the way, is getting closer and closer, and everything else that needs to happen before – a proper presentation of PS5 or Xbox Series games? – should actually happen very soon.

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E3 2021: date is fixed – event is to be reinvented

The organizer of E3, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), has confirmed that the event from June 15th to 17th, 2021 will be held. However, ESA is announcing a “reinvented“Show, but doesn't explain what that means.

The traditional layout of the E3 should change this year. The ESA struck eight large-scale, stage-like experience hubs where participants have the opportunity to watch influencers and celebrities playing – for example, the organization suggested the Los Angeles Lakers for a basketball.

What exactly should change in the coming year is not known. We will keep you up to date.

Original post on March 12, 2020 at 11:55 am:

E3 2020 canceled due to corona virus: these are the consequences for you

What happens after the biggest game fair in the world has been canceled? What are those studios doing that actually planned press conferences? What about the Harry Potter RPG that Warner Bros. seemed to want to introduce? Bit by bit information about E3 2020 drips into the media cauldron – I have collected it for you here.

E3 2020 will not take place – that was organized by ESA yesterday, on March 11th, officially confirmed. The largest game fair in the world joins other events that had to be canceled due to the spread of the corona virus in the past few weeks. In addition to gamescom, however, the E3 was a meeting point for new announcements from major publishers and presentations for upcoming titles that players around the world are waiting for. Cyberpunk 2077, The Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, the Xbox Series X: Every June, the world of video games is fed with E3 messages; but not in 2020.

So what now?

Like the organizer ESA on the E3 website, it is first considered whether instead of the E3 a digital event in June could take place. In plain language that would mean that the E3 could broadcast worldwide in the form of a stream become – similar to the Nintendo Directs that have been taking place for several years. The only question is which publishers would still appear in such a stream.

Publishers rely on their own events

As has been known for a long time, Sony put their own streams and press conferences for the second year in a row, Nintendo had already encapsulated itself with its direct streams. Microsoft's However, Phil Spencer announced yesterdaythat instead of the planned E3 conference now in-house digital event will take place – also a goodbye to E3?

Ubisoft true in one Statement on Twitter also for a digital event. It is not clear whether this will take place together with the E3. Bethesda such as Bandai Namco have not said anything yet, but will certainly have to hold digital events either way.

Like industry insiders and Kotaku-Author Jason Schreier also reported, probably even wanted Warner Bros. a PK at E3 2020 hold:

Among other things, there should be a new one Harry Potter RPG presents, plus a new Batman game and finally a unannounced game by the Arkham developers. It is not clear whether, how and when Warner Bros. will comment on this – of course the games do not fall into the water, of course

For you, this means one thing above all: There will be no explosion of news about new games in June; instead, gameplay demos, announcements, and trailers will flow into the news boxes throughout the year. If you have a special interest in a publisher, you should watch over his homepage and Twitter account with a good eye, so as not to miss any announced streams.

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Original message from March 11, 2020, 11:40 a.m.

E3 2020 canceled: developers and journalists already had inside information

Like many industries, the video game industry is feeling the effects of the spreading corona virus. Not only are production chains stalling, more and more major events have been canceled to slow the spread of the virus. Publishers and developers have already withdrawn from the PAX East and the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

Now it is likely that the largest video game fair – the E3 in Los Angeles. A tweet from Devolver Digital advises to cancel the flights and hotels for the fair:

Various journalists consulted their sources in this regard or were contacted by insiders who confirmed that the E3 was canceled:

The sources of the technology page Ars Technica also confirmed the cancellation, and also Cotacus Jason Schreier tweeted similar messages through his contacts:

There is no public announcement from the organizer ESA. However, this is expected later in the day. We will keep you up to date.

Message from March 5, 2020, 3:25 p.m .:

Because of corona virus: State of emergency in Los Angeles threatens world's largest game fair

The corona virus continues to affect the games industry. After the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco has already been postponed, the E3 2020 could also be hit.

The E3 has been held annually in Los Angeles since 1995. This year it is scheduled for June 9th off you go. Even after Exclamation state the organizer wants hold the Electronic Software Association (ESA) on the date. In one The organizer explains the update, the situation will "watch daily and reevaluate". In addition, measures would be taken with which the Health risk should be kept low.

With the state of emergency, Los Angelos wants the virus to spread fight more effectively. Even if there are only a few confirmed cases in the city so far, you can now access more funds, Mayor Eric said Garcetti on Facebook.

It is still unclear whether the state of emergency will still be active in June. Kotaku editor Jason Schreier even fears on Twitter that the E3 in the case of a cancellation final history could be. Sony had already started Announced no further press conference to be held at the fair.

Message from February 26, 2020, 12:44 p.m.

Because of corona virus: EA and Kojima cancel appointments for important events

The Games Developers Conference, short GDC, is an annual event in San Francisco where game developers talk about new technologies and developments in the gaming world – or in other words: about the future of gamingon which the coronavirus outbreak appears to be affecting more and more. After Sony canceled its The Last of Us 2 presentation at PAX East due to the corona virus, EA now has the next big brand his participation in the GDC was largely canceled.

Like the Ad Product Development Specialist Alex Sherer on Linkedin writes, EA also asks all employees not to attend the event for their own good:

“Hello everyone, we have just received a message from Corporate and EA will limit our presence at GDC and cancel our participation in official GDC events. All EA staff were advised not to travel to the San Francisco conference (…) Please take care, travel only when necessary, and hopefully see you again as soon as global climate and security allow. "

In addition to EA also Kojima Productionswho recently developed Death Stranding canceled their participation, as the company writes on Twitter:

It remains to be seen how the situation around the corona virus will develop and whether the game companies will consider, also at upcoming events such as of the E3 2020 and gamescom 2020 to participate only to a limited extent or not at all. The fact is that the corona virus will remain an issue in the gaming industry for some time to come.

Update from February 17, 9:38 a.m.

PS5 and Xbox Series X: Sony comments on corona virus release delay

Across from Bloomberg Sony noted that it was because of the corona virus not to release delays should come. In the same report, the production costs for the PS5 were announced via a leak, which currently speak for a rather high purchase price.

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PS5 and Xbox Series X: Is the release delayed by the corona virus?

Just yesterday we reported that Nintendo has published an apology: Due to the corona virus', the production and shipping of the Nintendo Switch could be delayed. Of the Investment bank according to Jefferies Group (which is the ninth largest investment bank in the world), the Extend the delay to the release of PS5 and Xbox Series X. – at least if the Coronavirus crisis in China still remains:

“The video game sector is currently in the process of, or is just beginning to produce, a new generation of products by the end of 2020, which only happens once every few years. If the closure (of the factories) lasts longer than a month, the schedule will be delayed. The new consoles are also likely suffer from delivery delays, triggered by ongoing interruptions, even before their planned release in autumn 2020. "

Above all, the factories are companies of the group Foxconn meant who among other things for Apple, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft produced. The factories were closed for security reasons and to prevent the virus from spreading further. Foxconn is apparently planningIt remains to be seen whether operations will resume on February 10 to a small extent, but to what extent they can implement them.

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Nintendo apologizes – of all people for that Corona virus. In one letter the group discusses the current ones Production problems like that shipping of the Nintendo Switch:

“Due to the new coronavirus infection that is currently occurring, it is expected that Production and shipping delays for peripherals, such as the Nintendo Switch manufactured in China for the Japanese domestic market, and Joy-Cons are inevitable. It is also expected that the delivery of the currently out of print 'Ring Fit Adventure' will be delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience."

Only Japanese users are addressed here, but the delays could also spread to the German market. The reason is the temporary closure of several FoxconnFactories in China: There are currently strict security measures in place in the country that want to further prevent the virus from spreading. The Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn mainly produces devices for Dell, Apple, Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.

Bottlenecks could not only occur at Nintendo. Reuters According to Foxconn, production will resume next week and isolate the workers in the factory to prevent infection. How, when and whether this will actually happen remains to be seen.