Konami has announced that they will not be attending E3 2021 after all. Despite an announcement from the ESA stating otherwise, the Japanese publisher announced on Twitter that they would no longer be able to attend the digital-only event.
The news isn’t completely disappointing though, as their tweet outlines that updates will arrive in the “coming months” for a “number of key projects”. This is promising news as Konami has been relatively silent about future projects until it was announced that they would be attending this year’s E3. In addition, it was difficult to know how far along any development would be until now as they have explicitly said in the Tweet that they are “in deep development”.
— Konami (@Konami) April 30, 2021
Outside of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise, Konami’s last noteworthy release was 2018’s Metal Gear Survive. Before that, Konami’s Silent Hills was one of their most anticipated titles until being cancelled and P.T. being removed from the PlayStation Store. Needless to say, after the falling out with developer Hideo Kojima and the constant rumors of Silent Hill making a return, all eyes are on whatever Konami is cooking up next. When Konami will deem the projects ready to show, and whether they will do so through their own event or somewhere else, remains unknown besides the vague “coming months” timeframe. Perhaps Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest or during Gamescom seem likely.
This summer is gearing up to be another exciting time for game announcements. Despite Konami not being at E3 this year, there are still plenty of publishers planning to attend, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Capcom, Ubisoft, and many others. The digital event will take place from June 12-15, 2021, with Ubisoft being the only attendee to confirm that their Ubisoft Forward event will take place June 12th at Noon PT/3 PM ET.