“E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox,” he wrote. “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.”
Ubisoft also said it would “explore” the option of a digital event to replace its E3 2020 plans.
However, one leading investment bank has claimed that if the coronavirus outbreak continues to delay manufacturing in China, next-gen console launches could be constrained or even delayed.
Confirming news of E3 2020’s cancellation on Wednesday, organiser the ESA said it was exploring options to coordinate “an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news” in June 2020.
“We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year,” it said. “We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media, and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry.”