E3 2020 cancelled, Epic Store adds wishlists, more!

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming news for Thursday, March 12th.

E3 2020 has been cancelled

The largest annual video game event in the world, E3, has officially been cancelled, due to concerns of the coronavirus. This is the first time the event will not be held since the very first one in 1995. It looks like they will be contacting both exhibitors and attendees to talk about full refunds, and they are now exploring the idea of a digital, or online only, conference which would replace the traditional show. Certain publishers will also be doing this of their own accord, notably Xbox and Ubisoft have that they are going to put something together. Of course E3 is joining a swath of other conferences that have been cancelled, including GDC, but I can’t help but think this might have even been a good thing for the event organizers. Last year, they leaked the personal information of over 2000 journalists, which they never really addressed. They were also looking at making the event quite different, with a more interactive approach, and making it a “fan, media, and influencer festival.” This made some people a little wary about what might be in store. And as we know, time heals all wounds, and a year off might quell some of these issues. That being said, on the flip side, this is very bad in the short term. The ESA is most definitely going to be losing money. Also we as gamers are going to have a fractured experience with the newest announcements as we head into the next console generation. Most importantly though, is that E3 is critical for the game developers who attend it. There are a lot of deals that happen, especially indie studios, where games get funded and teams can stay above water. Without that happening this year, we may see the downfall of studios without even knowing it.

Epic Games Store adds wishlist

The Epic Games Store has just added wishlists. You can now add any game on their storefront to your wishlist, much like you currently can on a number of other storefronts. It’s still pretty barebones, as most of the store is, and they plan on iterating it as time goes on. And this is pretty notable, as the article here from GI.biz mentions, wishlists are super important to developers. Any time you get advice from an indie dev that is talking about how to build excitement for a game, the #1 answer is always to encourage wishlists. A recent example of this is a game called Yes, Your Grace. It’s an indie studio that earned $600,000 in its opening weekend, and they said that they had 80k people who wishlisted it, and that converted a lot of people into sales. So for a storefront to have the feature is very important to people who are selling games on it.

Super Mega Baseball 3 announced

Okay I’ve got three things that I’ll put into o ne segment here. First of all, we’ve got the announcement of Super Mega Baseball 3. The first two are arcade baseball games that are a lot of fun to play, and this new one is coming in April, very exciting. Next the Call of Duty battle royale mode, titled Warzone, has been getting quite a lot of positive reception. I wanted to have given you my personal thoughts on it, but then I found out its a 100 GB install, and I can’t be bothered with that. And lastly, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is also out, I am going to be playing it, and I’ll let you know what I think soon.

Alright, thank you very much for joining me here today. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as always, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone.