The ESA has revealed what gamers can expect from this year's all-digital E3 2021 event. After E3 2020 was cancelled, the lineup for E3 2021 will include an interactive online portal and app through which you can access virtual booths, presentations, and more.
What can we expect from E3 2021?
According to a press release, the ESA wants its online portal and app to act as "a key hub" for the show. It'll allow you to create a user avatar and profile, access online forums where you can discuss announcements, and "visit" virtual booths with showcases for some of the games. Public access for the new E3 2021 app will go live on June 12th, which is also the first day of the E3 2021 broadcast. Naturally, the online platform will also grant access to the live broadcast of E3, which will be hosted by Kinda Funny's Greg Miller alongside fellow hosts Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez and Jacki Jing.
The virtual exhibitor booths will feature special events and VODs you can view related to the announcements during the show itself. There will be lounges in which virtual attendees can gather, as well as forums specially created for E3 discussion. The ESA is also promising "gamified show elements" in the form of leaderboards, which are designed to persuade fans to interact and engage as much as possible. Overall, the virtual experience is designed to "run parallel to the four-day broadcast", and the ESA hopes this will lay the foundations for interactive E3 elements continuing beyond the actual broadcast itself.
You'll be able to sign up for the E3 2021 virtual platform starting later this month. Signing up will be entirely free, although we still don't know exactly when you'll be able to put your name down yet. If you're interested, we'd recommend keeping an eye on the official E3 2021 website for more details as they arise. If you don't want to get involved with the app, you can still view the event on the official E3 Twitch or YouTube channels.
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