COVID-19 cases are going down with the distribution of vaccines and all, but it looks like 2021’s gaming events aren’t ready to open up just yet. Following the digital relocation of this year’s E3 event, the organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo are taking their first event of 2021 completely online.
The previously announced PAX East event in Boston has officially been cancelled, and will be replaced by PAX Online, which makes its return starting on July 15th through July 18th. During that time, fans will be able to tune in to a number of virtual events, including panels, game reveals and much more.
“In light of ongoing public health concerns, ReedPop and Penny Arcade will not hold PAX East this year,” the company noted in a press release. Given the United States’ progress towards addressing COVID-19 in recent months, we are cautiously optimistic PAX West and PAX Unplugged will proceed as planned with in-person festivities Sept. 3-6 and Dec. 10-12, respectively.” Regarding PAX Online, it added, “We hope to build on the success of last year’s record-breaking event and also engage with our community in new ways, such as the Indie Showcase that will take place between now and PAX Online. Expect to hear more about these exciting plans soon.”
Last year’s event was a big hit, though obviously not as packed as the live PAX events. Still, a virtual one certainly beats nothing, so we’ll see what’s on the docket come July!
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