The industry-only Electronics Entertainment Expo will carry on this June without the presence of publisher 2K Games.
The company announced on its site that it will not be bringing a booth to E3, the three-day media-focused showcase for video game products set to begin June 11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“At 2K, we’re excited for the new opportunities coming with the next generation of hardware, and are hard at work preparing our announced titles for release,” the company posted on its site one week ago. “While 2K will not have a booth on the show floor at this year’s E3 conference, we will have a lot of great news coming your way this spring.”
For press attending E3 that means no massive presentation for upcoming third-person shooter “The Bureau: XCOM Declassified” or any major sneaks at downloadable content for “Bioshock Infinite.”
One of the most anticipated games of 2013 is “Grand Theft Auto V,” which is coming from 2K sister company Rockstar. Both are owned by Take-Two Interactive, and while Rockstar hasn’t unveiled its E3 plans (or lack thereof) the publisher typically forgoes an E3 presence itself.
The decision to skip E3 isn’t for lack of content, wrote 2K, which had a large presence at March’s PAX East in Boston. Unlike E3, PAX East is open to the public.
“Our slate of titles coming this year include highly anticipated games like ‘Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World,’ ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ for iOS, more content for ‘Borderlands 2,’ as well as ‘WWE 2K14′ and ‘NBA 2K14.’”
Of course, the big stories coming out of E3 this summer won’t necessarily be game-related.
– Todd Martens
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