In the wake of Sony’s decision not to hold a press conference at E3 for the first time since its inauguration, both Microsoft and Nintendo have confirmed their commitment to the show.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer took to Twitter to affirm their support for the show, and without Sony hosting an easily compared press conference, the company will almost have the stage to themselves. Even this year, their more traditional press conference saw them hosting numerous third parties on their stage alongside their first party titles for next autumn, which for 2019 are expected to include Gears 5 and the next Forza Motorsport game.
A lot to share with fans at E3 2019. Always a high point of the year to witness the industry’s creativity and the energy of the community. https://t.co/Uug2TUpxwI
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) November 15, 2018
While Nintendo no longer host traditional press events, instead holding one of their irregular Nintendo Direct streams and following it with a more in depth series of Treehouse streams, Reggie Fils-Aime’s words were included in the ESA’s statement about next year’s show.
He said, “E3 is an outstanding opportunity for us to share new games and experiences with fans and business partners from across the globe. Every year, we discuss what will be the best way for us to take advantage of the next E3 show in order to bring smiles to people’s faces.”
Certainly, with the Switch set to be in its third year on the market, next E3 should be the time where a number of major projects come to fruition. Nintendo have already teased Metroid Prime 4, Animal Crossing and a new mainline Pokémon game, but will surely have more to talk about.