Xbox and Ubisoft Will Host Digital Events Following E3’s Cancellation

Xbox head Phil Spencer and Ubisoft have announced that both companies will be hosting digital events in place of E3, which was just cancelled.Spencer stated on Twitter that details on the timing of this digital event will be revealed in the “coming weeks” and this new plan will be a way to “celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community who love to play.”

Ubisoft also announced that it supports the ESA’s decision to cancel E3 2020, but that it is “exploring other options for a digital experience that will allow us to share all the exciting news we have planned, stay tuned for more!”

E3 was cancelled over concerns about the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The ESA has announced that it is exploring the possibility of an “online experience” to replace the show, but there is no indication whether or not Xbox will be part of this.

ESA’s statement explained their difficult decision: “After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry–our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners–we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.”

“Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.”E3 follows the cancellation/postponement of such other events as the Game Developers Conference, Taipei Game Show, and South by Southwest.

Spencer confirmed the news that Xbox was planning on attending E3 2020 following Sony’s decision to sit out for the second year in a row.

2020 is a huge year for Xbox, as it is gearing up to launch the Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this Holiday season.

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