Remember those suffocating crowds and the completely non-game-related overload that eventually caused a restructuring at E3? If not, we certainly do, and you won't find us complaining about a more focused approach for 2007. Of course, toning down the antics inevitebly leads to less attendees, and such looks to be the case for the July convention in Santa Monica, CA. Reportedly, a paltry 32 companies are signed up to take part in this year's festivities (larger list after the jump), but big-timers such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Electronic Arts, and Square Enix (just to name a few) will still be making the hike. Still, going from some 400 exhibitors to less than 40 in a single year should make for a very different experience when July 11th rolls around, and considering that "only 3,000 to 4,000 invitations" will purportedly be sent out, getting a little hands-on time with an actual game will hopefully be less of a chore for the ones that get in.

[Via ArsTechnica]

Announced list of 2007 E3 exhibitors:

  • 1C Company
  • Activision
  • Akella
  • Atari
  • Atlus
  • Disney Interactive Studios
  • Capcom
  • Codemasters
  • Crave Entertainment
  • Eidos
  • Electronic Arts
  • Konami
  • LucasArts
  • Majesco
  • Microsoft
  • Midway
  • Namco
  • Bandai Games
  • NCsoft
  • Nintendo
  • Sega
  • Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Square Enix
  • Take-Two Interactive
  • THQ
  • Ubisoft
  • Vivendi Games
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

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