Konami Skipping E3 2021, “A Number Of Key Projects” In Development
Silent Hill and Metal Gear publisher Konami has been rumored to have several projects in the works over the last collection of months. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can finally smell what Konami is cooking. With E3 2021 very clearly on the horizon, the company has now officially declined its appearance at the high-profile gaming event, maintaining “great respect” for event organizers at the ESA and assuring development on “key projects” was to blame for the absence.
— Konami (@Konami) April 30, 2021
“Due to timing we will not be ready to present at E3 this year,” Konami revealed in a notice on social media. “We want to reassure our fans that we are in deep development on a number of key projects, so please stay tuned for some updates in the coming months. While we are not participating this year, we have great respect for the ESA and know that 2021 will be a great success. We will continue to support the ESA and wish the best to all participants at this year’s show.”
In a follow-up response issued to Game Informer, the ESA acknowledged the sudden departure of Konami, saying they continue to “support [its] partner Konami’s decision” and expressed excitement about any future projects and announcements. “We can’t wait for their return to E3 2022,” the statement said. “But in the meantime, we look forward to sharing all of the highly-anticipated reveals, programming and so much more at this year’s E3.”
sorry you can’t make it but you’ll be with us in spirit. until next year, stay safe out there pic.twitter.com/WdgjYKD7Me
— E3 (@E3) April 30, 2021
All traces of last year’s E3 proceedings were effectively dusted due to the (still) ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, feasibly rocking expectations for this year’s comeback showing. Following the departure of Konami, the all-digital showcase has confirmed presentations from Capcom, Koch Media, Microsoft, Nintendo, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft, and WB Games, with former staples like Activision, EA, PlayStation, and Rockstar effectively sitting out this time around.
Though this opt-out from Konami decreases the profile of E3 2021, there appears to be no shortage of potential from the current lineup of presenters – especially with rumors of an imminent Elden Ring reveal, a mysterious slate of Nintendo projects, and a whole host of goings-ons under Microsoft’s umbrella. With that said, it’s important to note that potential is one thing and execution is another, and whether or not this year’s E3 can live up to the hype may still be up in the air.
What do you think? Are you bummed that Konami is sitting out E3 2021, or are you not too excited about the so-called “key projects” in the works? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more event headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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