Sony is conspicuous by its absence on that list, and we’ve contacted the company for comment. Other major missing companies include EA (which has recently preferred to host its own EA Play events during E3’s timing), Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, Tencent, 505, and Activision Blizzard.
The ESA makes clear that the list of partners marks “early commitments”, so other publishers and developers could come onboard at a later date. However, before the show’s pandemic-related cancellation, Sony had confirmed that it had no plans to attend E3 2020.After announcing that the show would return as a digital-only event, the E3 website promises “live press conferences and a four-day long video stream,” and says the show will be “a reimagined and hyper-engaged digital experience.”
Concrete details about the show remain thin on the ground, but ESA president Stanley Pierre-Louis used a press release to say: “We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”
What we know for sure is that the event will be entirely free. After previous reports that parts of E3 2021 could be put behind paywalls, the ESA told IGN that “E3’s 2021 digital show is a free event for all attendees“.