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June is traditionally The Month for big game news, but that tradition’s future becomes increasingly uncertain each year. E3 2022 will once again be hosted online only, and now EA’s EA Play event — which it’s been doing since 2016 — is cancelled entirely. According to what an EA spokesperson told IGN, it’s because “things aren’t lining up to show you everything on one date.”

This is another ripple in the effect that the pandemic and shifting announcement formats have had on games news. After the huge success of Nintendo Directs and imitators in dishing huge gaming news in big presentations multiple times a year, coupled with the pandemic that just won’t go away, and it makes sense why developers move away from flashy press conferences and towards smaller announcements peppered throughout the year.

While EA isn’t going to be around during the summer, we do know that Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest will at least be making a return. And all indications are that Nintendo will have something around the same mid-June time as well. We’ll have to wait and see what else happens this summertime.



Via: IGN


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.