With great regret, CD Projekt Red, Square Enix, and Capcom have announced their withdrawal from PAX East and GDC due to the coronavirus.
The coronavirus strikes again. CD Projekt Red, Capcom and Square Enix have in fact announced their withdrawal from the now imminent PAX East of Boston and from the GDC of San Francisco, also very close, due to the growing concern about the spread of the virus all over the world.
These are three very important defections, which will deprive the events of the presence of Resident Evil 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Cyberpunk 2077. Considering the previously announced absences of Hideo Kojima from the GDC, of Electronic Arts from both, as well as that of Sony, the first, important videogame events of the year will be decidedly subdued.
In reality, the most anticipated presence was that of CD Projekt Red, who had promised news for his highly anticipated role-playing game. Capcom had instead organized the Monster Hunter Festa, which obviously will not be held, while Square Enix would have spoken mainly of Final Fantasy XIV.
At this point, we imagine that if the coronavirus continues to spread other major manifestations will also be at risk, such as E3 in Los Angeles, the Gamescom in Cologne or the Tokyo Game Show in Japan. We hope that the emergency will come back sooner, also because the voluntary quarantine status of the gaming industry also risks greatly reducing the public occasions of PS5 and Xbox Series X, the new generation consoles that will be launched later this year.