E3 2022 Schedule – Whats happening and when during Summer Game Fest

The E3 2022 schedule is slowly coming to a close, although there are rumors of a Nintendo Direct on June 29 (opens in new tab) that may well extend it a little longer than expected.

Catch up on all the biggest announcements so far:

So it’s all happening, despite the fact that officially E3 2022 is canceled. The body behind the event, the ESA, originally just canceled the physical event for the third year running. However, it also canceled the online event, saying it would return next year. 

Despite all of that though, the E3 2022 schedule lives on. E3 has really been a season of gaming announcements for quite some time now, especially for the last few years where the physical event hasn’t happened – for obvious reasons. 

So read on for everything confirmed and still up in the air about the E3 2022 schedule so far, and we’ll update this page regularly with all the latest information.

At a glance

Although you’ll find all the details on each of the showcases below, here’s a handy cheat sheet for the times and dates of each of the events on the E3 2022 schedule.

Showcase Date PDT EDT BST Final Fantasy 7 25th Anniversary CelebrationThurs, June 163PM6PM11PM

June 16

Final Fantasy 7 25th Anniversary 

Final Fantasy 7 25th Anniversary Celebration broadcast announced

(Image credit: Square Enix)

Everyone else

WHEN: June 16 at 3PM PST / 6PM EDT / 11PM BST

Square Enix is hosting a special Final Fantasy 7 25th Anniversary Celebration broadcast that will last 10 minutes. It’ll offer fans a first look at all the info for what’s happening for the 25th anniversary of the game. 

Watch on: YouTube (opens in new tab) | Twitch (opens in new tab)

Ubisoft, Nintendo, EA, and the others

Nintendo has always held a Direct during the E3 window and traditionally announced the date and more details much closer to the event. So, while it hasn’t officially announced it is doing a Direct this June, we’d expect to see something from Ninty soon. After all, we’re at least due an update on Breath of the Wild 2 gameplay, despite its delay into 2023.

Ubisoft also usually does an E3 event, but not this year. A Ubisoft representative told Axios (opens in new tab) that it is skipping the E3 season, but will do something else “later this year”. 

What we also know for certain is that EA Play Live won’t be happening in 2022

In a statement to IGN, an EA spokesperson revealed that its E3-adjacent event won’t be happening, but instead the publisher would update us on games as and when they’re ready to be shown off – a little like what Sony does with its State of Play spotlights. 

“We love EA Play Live as it’s our way of connecting with our players and sharing what’s new with all of you,” the statement reads. “However, this year things aren’t lining up to show you everything on one date. We have exciting things happening at our world-class studios and this year we’ll reveal much more about these projects when the time is right for each of them. We look forward to spending time with you throughout the year!”

EA Play has traditionally bucked the E3 trend, with the first few years seeing the event run in the days leading up to E3 week, and then last year debuting in July – a full month after the traditional E3 window. 

ESA and E3

What’s happening with ESA and E3 2022?


(Image credit: ESA)

At first The ESA, the association that runs E3, confirmed that there wouldn’t be a physical event for E3 2022 due to ongoing COVID and health concerns. 

“Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022,” reads the ESA’s statement back in January. “We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”

At the end of March, just ten weeks away from when the show would usually be happening, industry insiders started to share that they had received emails from the ESA declaring even the digital version of E3 2022 was canceled.

The ESA then officially confirmed the complete E3 2022 cancellation, including a digital show. 

“E3 will return in 2023 with a reinvigorated showcase that celebrates new and exciting video games and industry innovations,” the organizer shared in a statement with GamesRadar+. 

“We previously announced that E3 would not be held in person in 2022 due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19. Today, we announce that there will also be no digital E3 showcase in 2022.”

“Instead, we will devote all our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer,” it said.

“We look forward to presenting E3 to fans around the world live from Los Angeles in 2023.” 

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