Nintendo is now confirmed as coming to E3 2020 this Summer after an announcement was posted by the ESA. Several leading video game companies have already committed to participating in E3 2020,” said the ESA in a note posted on its official website. It has not been confirmed what the company will be showing though. As far as we know, there will be no Switch Pro reveal, and there will likely be several new and upcoming games teased, we just don’t know which ones. The event is still missing some very key names though.
Sony has already confirmed that they will be skipping the convention this year, much the same as they did last year. Although other big name Microsoft is joining Nintendo in supporting the event. Other major players like Activision and Epic Games will be in attendance at the event. If you want to know what publishers and developers will have a booth or other presence at E3 2020, check out the full exhibitor list that has been confirmed so far.
The launch of the V2 Switch with improved battery life, and the Switch Lite, were great successes for Nintendo. So it stands to reason that they would come out of the gate storming at E3 2020. With the loss of competition, the visibility of the event could be better for Nintendo. That is, of course, assuming that the loss of prestige hasn’t caused viewers to be less interested in the corporate event. The general perception online among many is that the heavily tilted tone of the event is more about selling games to investors and media than average consumers. This leads to some criticizing E3 as outdated in terms of marketing approach, which could have contributed to it losing support over the last few years.
Of course the real big reason for companies like Sony dropping out is that they have already switched over to internal promotion and other public events throughout the calendar year, which makes E3 an irrelevant and unnecessary expense for the company.