The Data Is In And E3 2016 Featured Fewer Games Than 2015

Gamers play Alien's Colonial Marines from Sega on the third day of the E3 videogame extravaganza in Los Angeles on June7, 2012 in California. Some 45,700 video game industry professionals, investor analysts, retailers and journalists from over a hundered countries attended this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2012) in Los Angeles which ended today, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN


With the initial rush following E3 2016 now winding down, it’s time for us to take a more critical look at what was on display this year. Thankfully, there are dedicated groups out there that have already compiled the data, and unfortunately, despite all the excitement, the statistics show that this year’s E3 had less to offer than it did in 2015.

It seems that those critical at the perceived lack of innovation and risk taking in the industry are on point. There was an overall 20% drop in the amount of games showcased this year, and of those titles, 80% were either sequels, reboots or spinoffs. That amounts to a 40% reduction of new IPs when compared to the previous E3. With numbers like that, it should come as no surprise that certain publishers and developers significantly limited their showings: Bethesda and EA fared the worst, as each company revealed only half as many games as they did last year.

On the other hand, Sony made out well. They were the only publisher that matched the amount of games they showed on stage year over year. No surprises there; they had a spectacular conference.

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