E3 has always been about the spectacle- grand trade shows, elaborate booths, grandiose media interviews with bold proclamations, that sort of thing. Something like panels is what you would find at smaller, more intimate industry events, like the Game Developer’s Conference.
However, it looks like that may be changing with E3 this year. The Entertainment Software Association (the organizers of E3) as well as Geoff Keighley are both partnering up to bring us E3 Coliseum, where attendees can expect two days of conversations, panels, talks, and “other surprises”.
“For the past six months, we’ve quietly been working with all the major game teams to curate special presentations, said Keighley. “Thousands of fans will get to attend in person.“Alongside presentations from game developers, we will also welcome some very special guests from the broader entertainment world. They’ll join us to speak about the cultural significance of gaming and how this incredible medium has influenced their work. Lots of surprises in store here.
“We will be sharing more details in the coming weeks about the speaker lineup for E3 Coliseum.”
As of right now, Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft, Gearbox Publishing, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Square-Enix, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are all confirmed to be hosting panels at the event- but more companies will be announced in the coming weeks, so if your favorite company whose name begins with an N didn’t make it on to the list, there is still some time, at least.
Stay tuned to GamingBolt for more coverage and information on and from E3.