Ubisoft Pulls Out Of E3 2023 To Host Separate Live Event

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E3 2023 has taken another hit, as Ubisoft has confirmed it will not have a presence at the show. In a statement to Video Games Chronicle, the publisher reveals that it will instead hold its own live presentation on June 12 in Los Angeles.

The publisher statement to VGC reads “While we initially intended to have an official E3 presence, we’ve made the subsequent decision to move in a different direction, and will be holding a Ubisoft Forward Live event on 12th June in Los Angeles. We look forward to sharing more details with our players very soon.”

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated in February that the company would commit to attending “if E3 happens”. If that’s the case, this news certainly doesn’t bode well for the fate of what’s supposed to be E3’s big return.

As for what Ubisoft could show at its event, Assassin’s Creed MirageThe Crew Motorfest, and (maybe) Skull and Bones are slated to release this year. Other announced projects include the long-quiet Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia remakes, a multitude of new Assassin’s Creed games, and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. A rumored follow-up to Immortals Fenyx Rising could also make an appearance.

Ubisoft joins Nintendo on the list of major publishers that have declined to participate in this year’s show, following a previous report that Microsoft and Sony plan to follow suit. E3 is largely organized by ReedPop this year and will take place June 13-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will open its doors to fans and press, with separate attendance days for each. It will be the first in-person event since 2019.

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If E3 is going to happen in June, it’s going to feel even lighter. A new report from IGN confirms that two more companies are backing out of E3 2023: Sega and Tencent.

This comes on the heels of Ubisoft backing out after initially confirming its presence. Instead, it will host its own show on June 12 outside of E3.

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to participate in E3 2023 as an exhibitor,” Sega told IGN. “We look forward to sharing more information on announced and unannounced projects in the future.”

Tencent also confirmed it wouldn’t be at E3 2023 via a company spokesperson.

IGN did mention it reached out to other publishers and developers, but many hadn’t responded at the time of the story’s publishing. One company that didn’t give a definitive answer to the outlet was Bandai Namco.

With Sega and Tencent now backing out, it now puts the list at six known major companies. Previously, it was confirmed that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all would be skipping the show this year.

One studio that is still expected to be a part of the show, should it still happen, is Konami. The latest rumors suggest that E3 2023 is when it will reveal the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake along with a new Castlevania project.

Insider Gaming has reached out to ESA and ReedPop multiple times regarding the status of E3 2023 with companies backing out. So far, neither party has responded to requests.