Today, the Entertainment Software Association confirmed that this year's E3 will be canceled. But despite the expo closing for the year, it sounds like Xbox is still planning some news, albeit in a different format.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer tweeted today that Xbox would be planning its own event, though no timing has been announced just yet.
"E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox," Spencer wrote. "Given this decision, this year we'll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks."
This comes after news of E3 2020's cancelation. The ESA and E3 are also exploring options to "coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020." The decision was made regarding the "health and safety" of those in the industry, likely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Xbox had confirmed its commitment to E3 in the wake of Sony's repeat absence at the show this year. Now, with the show canceled, Microsoft will have to turn to digital avenues to discuss more details surrounding its upcoming games and the next generation of consoles. I'd expect to see more companies making announcements like this today, as streaming and digital options are looking preferable in the wake of continued coronavirus outbreaks.