Microsoft’s MVPs just received an e-mail that has suggested all company events, including E3 2020, Gamescom 2020, X020, and probably even E2 2021 will be attended 100-percent digitally. In the e-mail, the following message relays that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a lot to do with the situation, but indicates no potential of the company back pedaling before mid-2021
“In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, Microsoft has been closely monitoring the developing global situation and re-assessing the overall company-wide in-person event strategy. As a company, Microsoft has made the decision to transition all external and internal events to a digital-first experience through July 2021.”
Microsoft is the only company taking this approach, as numerous game publishers have done the same and Xbox recently did the same when it showcased the Xbox Series X. Now, with Gamescon 2020 set to kick off on August 25th, we’re forced to wonder just what Microsoft is going to do to show off new games, initiatives, and show us more about the Series X. Gamescon 2020 would have bene the venue of choice, so there’s a lot that’s current up in the air.
Furthermore, XO20 will likely be all digital too, which means very few people will get the chance to play with the Series X before it launches during this year’s holiday season. E3 2021 is also likely part of the digital-only approach as it usually takes place in early June, and Microsoft’s directive is set to run until at least July 2021. It looks like we better get used to watching Xbox debuts on Mixer – it’s going to be at least a year or more before we get to see a real event take place.