ESA has canceled E3 2022, and with it all fans’ hopes of seeing updates on their favorite video games.
E3 — the video game industry’s biggest annual showcase — will not be held in physical or digital form this year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on Thursday.
“We previously announced that E3 will not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks related to COVID-19,” the ESA statement said.
“Today we are announcing that there will be no digital E3 showcase in 2022 either,” the statement continued.
The event typically draws more than 66,000 visitors and over 200 exhibitors to its Los Angeles venue.
However, due to COVID-19, the showcase has been through a tough few years – it was canceled in 2020 and was virtual only in 2021.
The shocking announcement left fans disappointed, especially those who were looking forward to getting a glimpse of the new trailer for the Super Mario movie.
Currently, the Universal Picture film is untitled but is expected to be released on December 21, 2022.
Mario fans quickly took to social media to express their dismay.
“Fans: Well we’re obviously getting the Mario Movie Trailer at E3 this year folks! E3: *Cancelled maybe forever*,” one user tweeted, following her sentiment with a sad SpongeBob GIF.
“RIP E3 Where are they going to announce the Mario movie trailer now,” tweeted a second user.
“You are joking! ANOTHER YEAR OF NO E3?!? When will now be a good time to see the Mario movie in action for the first time?!?” said a third frustrated user.
Despite this year’s setback, the association noted that the popular event will return in 2023 with a “reinvigorated showcase celebrating new and exciting video games and industry innovations.”
ESA added that they “will dedicate everything [their] Energy and resources to deliver a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer.”
“Showcase 2023 will bring the community, media and industry back together in a whole new format and interactive experience,” concluded the ESA statement.
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