The E3 2023 schedule is full steam ahead, despite the fact that the physical E3 2023 event has been canceled. This would have been the first physical event in three years, however, the show was plagued with uncertainty as publishers failed to publicly commit to the show and then the show was eventually cancelled on March 30.
However, publishers and developers alike are keeping the E3 2023 season alive by still putting on showcases during the same period. That's what you'll find below, where we'll go over how the E3 2023 schedule is shaping up, from the big presentations from publishers like Xbox, Bethesda, and Ubisoft to other digital showcases such as the Future Games Show and Summer Game Fest.
E3 2023 news
E3 2023 has officially been canceled. While the industry was anticipating the return of the annual showcase, the ESA issued a statement on March 30 recognizing that "interested companies wouldn’t have playable demos ready and that resourcing challenges made being at E3 this summer an obstacle they couldn't overcome."
This would have been the first year where E3 was run by Reedpop – the people behind PAX, Comic Con, and other events – after the ESA announced that E3 2023 would be both in-person and digital after years of Covid-related disruption. Sadly, we learned on March 30, 2023, that Reedpop and the ESA canceled "both the digital and physical events for E3 2023".
However, that doesn't mean the E3 2023 schedule is dead - quite the opposite. We're going digital again, with names like Xbox, PlayStation, Ubisoft, and more doing showcases this year.
- Xbox Summer Showcase will feature new games and updates on major titles
- Xbox promises "much, much more" about Starfield at its summer showcase
- Ubisoft is skipping E3 2023 after all and holding its own show instead
- Nintendo confirms it's skipping E3 2023
- Cyberpunk 2077 devs are showing off the Phantom Liberty DLC at Summer Game Fest
- Ubisoft confirms Assassin's Creed Mirage and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora for June showcase
E3 2023 dates
When is E3 2023?
E3 2023 would have run from June 11 - 16 2023, with those dates including several different segments of activities.
Originally, Tuesday, June 13 to Thursday, June 15 was set to be E3 Business Days, reserved for industry professionals and the media. And Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16 would have been E3 Gamer Days, where the event would have be open to the public. Sadly, with the E3 2023 cancellation, this set of events will no longer continue.
However, we are still seeing developers and publishers holding events during this specific time window, with the E3 2023 schedule starting on June 8 and currently running through until June 13. You can see what's been confirmed so far below.
At a glance
|Xbox Games Showcase / Starfield Direct||June 11||10AM||1PM||6PM||7PM|
|PC Gaming Show||June 11||1PM||4PM||9PM||10PM|
|Ubisoft Forward||June 12||10AM||1PM||6PM||7PM|
|Capcom Showcase||June 12||3PM||6PM||11PM||12AM|
|Xbox Games Showcase Extended||June 13||10AM||1PM||6PM||7PM|
|RGG Summit Summer 2023||June 15||8PM||11PM||4AM (June 16)||5AM (June 16)|
|Annapurna Interactive Showcase 2023||June 29||12PM||3PM||8PM||9PM|
E3 2023 showcases
While E3 2023 has been canceled, that isn't to say that there aren't still events in the E3 2023 schedule that you shouldn't pay attention to. Between the Xbox and Bethesda conference, Ubisoft Forward, and Summer Game Fest, there are still plenty of game reveal opportunities to look forward to this June.
And you can catch up with all the announcements by heading to our E3 2023 coverage page, or hitting the links below for individual major showcase rounds-ups as they wrap:
- PlayStation Showcase - Everything announced
- Summer Game Fest - Everything announced
- Future Games Show - Everything announced
Xbox Games Showcase
WHEN: June 11 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST / 7PM CET
Although details are scarce at the moment, Microsoft has confirmed that it is hosting an Xbox Games Showcase on June 11. The Sunday before E3 has always been Microsoft's slot over the years, so it's not exactly a surprise to hear that it's back for 2023. It'll be exciting to hear what Microsoft has planned for the next 12 months or so when it comes to upcoming Xbox Series X games. Microsoft promises "new surprises and first-looks from our incredibly talented internal studios, and our many creative partners around the world".
WHEN: June 11 - immediately after the Xbox Games Showcase
Following straight on from the Xbox Games Showcase will be a special Starfield Direct. This has been on the cards for a while now after Starfield was left out of Microsoft's recent Xbox Developer Direct, but now we have a date. "There's so much that we still have to show you," says Todd Howard, Starfield's Game Director. "The game has many of the hallmarks that you'd expect from us, but it's also a very unique experience."
PC Gaming Show
WHEN: June 11 @ 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 9PM BST / 10PM CEST
The PC Gaming Show is back for another year and will follow the Xbox Games Showcase and Starfield Direct presentation. Expect more PC gaming goodness from our friends at PC Gamer during the showcase!
Ubisoft Forward 2023
WHEN: June 12 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST / 7PM CET
Ubisoft will host a Ubisoft Forward on June 12, 2023. Ubisoft confirmed to GI.biz that it was "excited to showcase our strong line-up in Los Angeles in June" as part of the revamped event. We expect to see at least Assassin's Creed Mirage make an appearance, but there are a lot of Ubisoft titles in development.
WHEN: June 12 @ 3PM PT / 6PM ET / 11PM BST / 12AM CET (June 11)
Capcom has come in late with an announcement for its own showcase on June 12, with a Capcom Showcase running for approximately 36 minutes. It's tipped to bring us "the latest Capcom updates" along with information about "upcoming releases and future titles".
Xbox Games Showcase Extended
WHEN: June 13 @ 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST / 7PM CET
Microsoft will also be airing a second showcase as part of the E3 2023 schedule. The Xbox Games Showcase Extended will drop on June 13 and offer "in-depth interviews focused on the news from our Xbox Games Showcase as well as game updates from our partners". Usually this is the space where we get further looks at everything announced at the core showcase, so it's a lovely addendum.
RGG Summit Summer 2023
WHEN: June 15 @ 8PM PT / 11PM ET / 4AM BST (June 16) / 5AM CEST (June 16)
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is hosting an RGG Summit Summer 2023, which will no doubt shed more light on Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, which just got a November 9 release date.
Watch on: TBC
Annapurna Interactive Showcase 2023
WHEN: June 29 @ 12PM PT / 3PM ET / 8PM BST / 9PM CEST
Annapurna Interactive is hosting its very own showcase on June 29 - so technically not in the E3 2023 window but we'll allow it in here. Expect "reveals, announcements, and one of our biggest announcements yet".
Sony, Nintendo, and the others
As for Sony and its PlayStation Studios, it hasn't done anything with E3 for a number of years now, instead choosing to set its own agenda with its State of Play live streams for its upcoming PS5 games. Instead, this year we got the May 24 PlayStation Showcase, which presented a number of game reveals and updates for PS5 titles.
It's looking unlikely there will be other showcases confirmed at such a late stage, but we'll of course keep you posted if that changes.
EA Play Live
EA Play Live didn't happen in 2022, with EA instead opting instead to update us on games as and when they're ready to be shown off – a little like what Sony does with its State of Play spotlights.
However, we're not yet sure what EA will do for E3 2023. EA Play has traditionally bucked the E3 trend, with the first few years seeing the event run in the days leading up to E3 week, and then 2021's version debuting in July - a full month after the traditional E3 window.
With Reedpop mentioning that the E3 2023 schedule will be running from June 11 with "partnered digital events", it might be that we see EA Play return to its usual slot.
Not at E3 2023
Nintendo has officially confirmed it will be skipping E3 2023. As Nintendo tells VentureBeat in a statement: "We approach our involvement in any event on a case-by-case basis and are always considering various ways to engage with our fans. Since this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into our plans, we have made the decision to not participate. However, we have been and continue to be a strong supporter of the ESA and E3." Rumor has it that Nintendo's skipping this year's event because it simply doesn't have enough games to show, but Nintendo itself hasn't confirmed this.