The ESA announced recently that E3 2023 would definitely be a thing that happens next year. That’s right, gamers – for the first time since 2019, you’ll be able to be elbow to elbow with 70,000 of your (mostly showered) best friends next June in Los Angeles. After three years away, E3 is bound to have some changes when it returns.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person events such as E3 for the past few3 years, E3 was facing a number of challenges that threatened the status quo. Sony’s PlayStation console has not had a presence at E3 since 2018, and both Xbox and Electronic Arts had already begun holding separate concurrent events alongside E3.

IGN’s Summer of Gaming and Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest have also taken advantage of the void created by the pandemic to take more of the market share. Even if E3 returns, it likely won’t look the same.

On the latest episode of the 9 to 5 Gamers Podcast, we discuss the obstacles E3 is facing and what the 2023 show should look like in order to be successful. One of us thinks that means limiting general public admission to the event – is that the right route?

We also dig into the future of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, which new games in June are most worth your hard-earned cash, and tip our hats to Kojima Productions for helping some people in need.

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