Konami has announced that it will not be making any announcements at E3 this year, though has expressed support for the video game conference. The reason that Konami has given is that it is not ready to show anything, though the company is working on a number of titles. That could mean it is highly unlikely we will see rumoured titles such as a new Silent Hill or a potential remake of Metal Gear Solid. In a statement on Twitter, Konami wrote:
— Konami (@Konami) April 30, 2021
E3 2021 will take place between 12th and 15th June this summer, and there’s still time for those companies to join the show.
ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said, “For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games. We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”
E3 2020 was cancelled in 2020 in the first months of the global pandemic, but the show was already under pressure and fighting for relevance. EA splintered off to host its own EA Play events in 2016, while Sony and Activision both decided to ditch the show in 2019 and had no intentions of returning for 2020.
2020 also showed that the games industry was capable of creating digital events in E3’s place. Microsoft and Sony both did their first gameplay reveals of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on their own terms through the summer, Ubisoft created their first Ubisoft Forward stream, Nintendo Direct was digital (as always), and we saw things like the Guerrilla Collective acting as hubs for smaller developers and game announcements.
Ubisoft has confirmed its E3 Showcase will be taking place on June 12th.