In an unprecedented decision, the ESA has cancelled E3 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and while gamers around the world are saddened by the development, life goes on and so do the announcements.
As shared by Phil Spencer and Ubisoft on Twitter, both companies will be preparing their own digital events in light of the E3 cancellation. E3 was supposed to have been a venue for these companies to reveal their big announcements and reveals for the year which will now happen via streaming, most probably ala-Nintendo Direct.
E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. Given this decision, this year we'll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks https://t.co/xckMKBPf9h
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 11, 2020
An update regarding E3 2020. pic.twitter.com/cThkDIkfVm
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) March 11, 2020
Both Microsoft and Ubisoft have normally held separate press conferences a few days before E3 so it could be safe to assume for now that we can expect these digital events to be scheduled around June. Microsoft have yet to fully unleash the next generation Xbox while Ubisoft has some cards up its sleeve like Watchdogs Legion among others.
Sony has already announced early in the year that they will be skipping out on E3 this year and with the current situation, a digital event seems like the safest option for Sony and their PS5 reveal as well.