Nintendo will be skipping the E3 games showcase later this year, giving more strength to rumors that the Big Three of gaming will be a no-show at the event. In an official statement shared with IGN, the Japanese company vaguely reasoned “this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into our plans.” E3 will be an in-person event this year and kicks off on June 13 in the famed Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2023 edition of E3 had been treading in uncertain waters for a while, following a cancellation in 2020, an all-digital return in 2021, and another cancellation in 2022.
What does this mean for the gaming industry? Is this the end of E3 as we know it? Will the event continue to attract attention from gamers and developers alike? These are some questions that have arisen following the announcement of Nintendo’s absence from E3 2023.
Microsoft and Sony’s Uncertain Presence
Nintendo’s absence is not the only concern for E3 2023. Sony and Microsoft have yet to confirm their presence at the event. While Ubisoft has confirmed its attendance, there is no word yet from the other big players in the gaming industry. Microsoft announced plans for summer games showcase at its Developer Direct event earlier this year, but it remains to be seen if the company will appear at E3. As for Sony, rumors suggest that the company is saving its major announcements for a showcase event before E3 kicks off.
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Nintendo’s statement about its absence from E3 2023 is vague. The company stated that it approaches its involvement on a case-by-case basis and is always considering various ways to engage with its fans. While this explanation does not shed much light on the situation, there is always a slim chance that Nintendo may hold its own Nintendo Direct showcase later this year.