E3 is back this June, and the 2020 outing promises to be one of the most exciting in a while, as it could be our first chance to see loads of the first games announced for the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
Still, it won't be without controversy, as Sony skips the show for the second year in a row and organiser the ESA continues to try to transform the show into a public event without crippling its value as an industry and media showcase at the same time. Doxxing all the journalists last year probably didn't help.
Here's everything we know about E3 2020 so far.
When will E3 2020 take place?
Like past E3 conferences, E3 2020 is set to span over three days – 9-11 June 2020 – though this year one of those is reserved for industry attendees, and not the public. If you get a Gamer Pass (see details below) then you'll only be able to attend June 10 and 11, when the show will be open from 10am until 6pm.
Although the show itself lasts for three days, game developers and publishers tend to host their own press conferences before the show begins. This gives the likes of Nintendo and Microsoft a chance to hype up their latest games before letting gamers and press go hands-on during the show.
We’ll explain in a little more detail below.
E3 2020 tickets
For the last couple of years, E3 hasn't been restricted to industry and media attendees. That means members of the public can buy tickets to hit the show floor, getting hands-on time with all the latest games ahead of their release. Well, the ones that aren't behind closed doors and restricted.
Tickets for E3 2020 are now on sale and a 'Gamer Badge' will set you back $165 - cheaper than last year's $249 tickets to reflect the fact that it now only covers two days.
There's also a $995 'Premium Badge' which covers all three days of the event and includes the following:
- A dedicated VIP entrance
- Access to VIP Lounge which provides a quiet atmosphere to plan and strategize your time while at E3, check emails, access business and concierge services, meet with colleagues
- Dedicated service for E3 hotel reservations with access to the best available hotel selections through E3 Housing (Housing Opens Soon).
- Catered breakfast and lunch each day
- Exclusive Industry CEO VIP Reception
- Daily Networking Receptions in the VIP Lounge
- Access to LA Live activations
- Discounts at the Official E3 Merchandise Store
E3 2020 livestreams
Companies will announce their E3 attendance (or not) over the next few months, but we already know that the likes of Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Sega, Capcom, Square-Enix, Take-Two, Bandai Namco, and Warner Bros. will all be taking part in the show this year.
You'll be able to watch live streams of any press conferences and keynotes to catch all the news as it happens, and we'll update this page with all those details as we get closer to the show.
Sony at E3 2020
The big news for this year is that Sony has confirmed it will not be at E3 2020. This is despite showing off the PS5 logo at CES in Las Vegas and skipping the show last year.
In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony said "we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year" adding that "we will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content."
Microsoft at E3 2020
Microsoft, on the other hand, has confirmed that it’ll be at E3 2020 via this tweet from Phil Spencer.
Our team is hard at work on E3, we look forward to sharing with all who love to play what's ahead for us. Our artform has consistently been propelled by the cross-section of creativity and technical progress. 2020 is a milestone year in that journey for Team Xbox. #XboxE3 #E32020— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 14, 2020
We need to wait for details on the keynote but it's highly likely that Microsoft will be focusing on the Xbox Series X. The next-gen console has already been announced but with it arriving 'holiday 2020' E3 could well be when we learn more about the device and new games.
Nintendo at E3 2020
There were fears that Nintendo might skip the show after a leaked list of exhibitors didn't include the Japanese giant, but the ESA has since confirmed that Ninty will indeed have a presence at E3 2020.
We don't yet know what that will involve - the company has shot down rumours of a Switch Pro or Switch 2 - but expect it to air a Nintendo Direct video on YouTube and then focus on one or two games on the show floor, as has been its approach for the last few years.