Ubisoft will not be attending E3 2023 in Los Angeles this June, leaving the event without one of its most important partners. Instead, the company will hold its own Ubisoft Forward event on June 12, live and broadcast over the internet but presented from Los Angeles, where fans can expect Assassins Creed news, Mirage and Avatar Frontiers of Pandora, among others.
“While we initially intended to have an official presence at E3, we later made the decision to move in a different direction and will hold a Ubisoft Forward Live event on June 12 in Los Angeles. We look forward to sharing more details with our players very soon,” said Ubisoft in a statement to VGC.
“Digital Week” will precede E3, featuring events such as the PC Gaming Show, the Future Games Show, the Guerilla Collective, and Black Voices in Gaming. However, E3 and its organizer ReedPop have not confirmed other attendees, including indie groups and some AAA companies. Nintendo has confirmed that it will not attend, while Sony is expected to make a Showcase at the end of May.
Konami is rumoured to be planning some kind of appearance, potentially including long-awaited announcements such as Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake and a new Castlevania, although it is not known if they will have their own conference or even if they will hold their own digital event, as Ubisoft has decided.
For those watching from home, this news is not too significant. If we understand “E3” as a few days in June full of events, conferences, and video game news, then nothing has changed. Ubisoft will hold its event on Monday the 12th, as usual, and Microsoft will do it on Sunday the 11th, on their usual dates, although technically they are not part of E3 (or Summer Game Fest, which will be on June 8).