“The week of E3 has always been a big part of what we do and are genuinely bummed about the cancelation of the event itself,” Devolver Digital tweeted. “Lots to juggle but right now we plan on having a livestream Devolver Direct / press conference and possibly more.”
Devolver Digital and other sources claimed the announcement of E3’s cancellation was imminent, hours before it was official. In fact, Devolver Digital was the first to raise the alarms, tweeting “Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all.”
While there have been no claims that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) had attempted to prevent the news coming out before their official announcement, Devolver Digital being one of the first to warn others matches their past behavior around E3.
Devolver Digital E3 press conferences began in 2017, and have been highly entertaining. Between announcements and trailers, the conference utilizes surreal comedy, and plenty of mockery at then-recent trends in the video games industry (including crowd funding, lootboxes, and the “Nintendo Direct” style conferences others seemed to adopt).
Nonetheless, with Devolver Digital broadcasting a live-stream for the last three E3 events, we have to wonder what (if anything) will change. While a livestream was always likely to happen, the “possibly more” comment may imply other ways to draw attention to their games, especially with there being no E3 booth for press and gamers to visit and experience upcoming titles.
Along side an on-going story within each press conference, last year’s conference saw the world in a post-apocalyptic state. The recent tweet showed a scene from The Matrix Revolutions (specifically Mobil Avenue), perhaps hinting at what they will parody.
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In earlier news, Microsoft also announced they would be hosting an “Xbox digital event” in light of E3 2020’s cancellation.