Microsoft has will make all of its external and internal events digital now through July 2021, which could likely include gamescom 2020 and E3 2021.
That's the plan at present, but the company said it will "continue to evaluate the situation" and look forward to "connecting in person when the situation allows."
The news was confirmed via an announcement regarding its next MVP Summit which is currently scheduled for March 28 - April 2, 2021 (thanks, ZDNet).
It's official: All Microsoft conferences will be digital-only through July 2021. pic.twitter.com/wTBb7Z6pQB
— Ginny Caughey (@gcaughey) April 6, 2020
This could also mean despite gamescom 2020 still being scheduled for August, Microsoft could still opt for a digital-only experience for its Xbox announcements. And if it plans to stay digital-only through July 2021, that means it could skip E3 next year as well, which has been scheduled for June 15-17, 2021.
At present, Microsoft has yet to announce what it has planned in lieu of E3 2020 which was set to take place in June.