For the second year in a row, the console rivalry won't play out on the show floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sony announced it would be skipping E3 2020 yesterday, but today, Xbox head Phil Spencer reaffirmed Microsoft's commitment to having a show presence.
Spencer tweeted that his team is "hard at work" on Xbox's E3 plans.
Our team is hard at work on E3, we look forward to sharing with all who love to play what's ahead for us. Our artform has consistently been propelled by the cross-section of creativity and technical progress. 2020 is a milestone year in that journey for Team Xbox. #XboxE3 #E32020- Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 14, 2020
After yesterday's announcement that Sony would be skipping the show again, the ESA published a statement on the matter, saying "exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide."
But Sony's two-time absence, as well as issues like a leak of personal data, puts E3's status into question. Spencer and Xbox seem to be sticking to the show, but the question now is how other publishers end up feeling about the yearly inundation of news, trailers, and demos in Los Angeles, especially with a new generation of consoles looming overhead.