Three days to go until E3 2021 officially starts and it’s looking like it’ll be the biggest online gaming conference ever. If you haven’t been keeping up, this year’s ‘Electronic Entertainment Expo’ is an all-digital event so we can all park ourselves on a couch and watch days of new gaming announcements from the comfort of our homes.
Below you’ll find the full E3 2021 schedule. We’ve got the lowdown on every event that will happen during the big online gaming event (and outside of it) and an inkling of what announcements you can expect from every video game publisher, developer, and platform.
When is E3 2021?
E3 2021 takes place from Saturday, June 12 to Tuesday, June 15, though there are more than a few game showcases happening before and after the event week. You’ll be able to tune into several live video conferences and a four-day-long livestream that will all be accessible to everyone for free. Our schedule includes events falling outside of E3 2021 but the exhibition officially starts on June 12 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm BST. That’s 3am AEST on June 13.
E3 2021 Schedule:
- IGN Kick Off Live! Preshow – Thursday, June 10 at 10:30am PT
- Summer Games Fest – Kick Off Live! – Thursday, June 10 at 11am PT
- Netflix Geeked Week – Friday, June 11 at 9am PT
- Koch Primetime Gaming Stream – Friday, June 11 at 12pm PT
- Summer of Gaming – IGN Expo 2021 – Friday, June 11 at 1pm PT
- Guerrilla Collective Showcase – Saturday, June 12 at 8am PT
- E3 Preshow – Saturday, June 12 at 10am PT
- Guerrilla Collective – Wholesome Direct – Saturday, June 12 at 10am PT
- IGN Ubisoft Forward Preshow – Saturday, June 12 at 11am PT
- Ubisoft Forward – Saturday, June 12 at 12pm PT
- Gearbox Entertainment presentation – Saturday, June 12 at 2pm PT
- GamesBeat Session – Saturday, June 12 at 2:45pm PT
- E3 Preshow – Sunday, June 13 at 8:45am PT
- 24 Entertainment’s Naraka Bladepoint – Sunday, June 13 at 8:45am PT
- Xbox and Bethesda Showcase – Sunday, June 13 at 10am PT
- Square Enix Presents – Sunday, June 13 at 12:15pm PT
- Warner Bros. Games Back 4 Blood – Sunday, June 13 at 2:30pm PT
- PC Gaming Show – Sunday, June 13 at 2:30pm PT
- Future Games Show – Sunday, June 13 at 4pm PT
- E3 Preshow – Monday, June 14 at 8am PT
- Verizon presentation – Monday, June 14 at 9am PT
- Intellivision – Monday, June 14 at 9:45am PT
- Take-Two Interactive Panel – Monday, June 14 at 10:15am PT
- Mythical Games presentation – Monday, June 14 at 11:10am PT
- Indie Showcase – Monday, June 14 at 12pm PT
- Freedom Games presentation – Monday, June 14 at 12:30pm PT
- VENN – Monday, June 14 at 1pm PT
- Capcom presentation – Monday, June 14 at 2:30pm PT
- Razer E3 Keynote – Monday, June 14 at 3pm PT
- E3 Preshow – Tuesday, June 15 at 8am PT
- Nintendo Direct – Tuesday, June 15 at 9:am PT
- Nintendo Treehouse: Live – Tuesday, June 15 at 9am PT
- Bandai Namco presentation – Tuesday, June 15 at 2:25pm PT
- Yooreka Games Presentation – Tuesday, June 15 at 3:30pm PT
- GameSpot Play For All Showcase – Tuesday, June 15 at 3:35pm PT
- Official E3 2021 Awards Show – Tuesday, June 15 at 4:45pm PT
- Steam Next Fest – Wednesday, June 16 at 10am PT
Guerrilla Collective Showcase – Saturday, June 5 at 8am PT Guerrilla Collective – Black Voices in Gaming – Saturday, June 5 at 10am PT
How to watch E3 2021?
E3 2021 is a fully online-only event this year and all the livestreams are free for everyone to watch. How to watch is really up to you in the end. You can of course just tune into IGN where you’ll find all the livestreams playing on our homepage. We’ll be carrying much of E3 2021 on IGN as part of our Summer of Gaming event, so make sure to tune in here once the festivities begin.
If you’d rather get it straight from the source, the ESA has redeveloped its website into an online portal while beefing up its smartphone app. Both will allow users to visit each exhibitor’s ‘virtual booth.’ Don’t forget to register for E3 2021 either, public registration opens up next week starting on Thursday, June 12th.
Otherwise, here’s the list of places you can watch E3 2021:
- IGN.com (homepage)
- IGN’s Twitter
- IGN’s Twitch Channel
- IGN’s YouTube Channel
- IGN’s iOS App
- IGN’s Android App
- IGN’s Xbox One App
- IGN App for Android TV
- IGN App for Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- IGN1 on Samsung TV Plus
- Pluto TV
What to Expect and E3 2021 Leaks, Rumors, and Predictions
While we know quite a bit about who will be at E3 2021, exhibitors aren’t always as forthcoming with what they have planned. It surely adds to the excitement and it’s always fun to speculate about what we might see. Here’s what to expect at E3, as well as some E3 2021 predictions.
Xbox and Bethesda
Microsoft isn’t just holding an Xbox Showcase this year, but rather an Xbox and Bethesda Game Showcase. With a double feature show name like that you can bet Bethesda will be integrated into the proceedings. Even before Microsoft acquired Bethesda, it was working on a host of games including Starfield, Elder Scrolls 6, and Indiana Jones. We may even see a demo of Deathloop, which is launching as a PS5 and PC game, even if it isn’t an Xbox/PC exclusive.
Of the most anticipated Xbox games, Halo Infinite should get an official release date and see a new demo with improved visual fidelity. We also expect the latest Forza Motorsport game that was just teased in a trailer last year will get a stage demo this time around. The first Fable game made without Peter Molyneux behind the wheel will hopefully get a full showing too.
Microsoft also showed off plenty of indie games coming to the Xbox Series consoles at its last ID@Xbox event. We expect a few of these games, such as Nobody Saves the World and Astria Ascending, will get more stage time during Microsoft’s E3 conference. The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase airs on Sunday, June 13 at 10am PT, 1pm ET, and 6pm BST, or June 14 at 3am AEST.
Sony has been running its own State of Play events separate from the official E3 conference since 2019 and the company is showing no signs of changing that this year. We expect there will be a packed Playstation at E3 showing off new games like Lost Judgment. Earlier announced titles like Horizon Zero Dawn Forbidden West should also be getting their gameplay debuts as well. God of War Ragnarok sadly has been delayed into 2022, so it’s doubtful we’ll get to see any footage of the game whether it be a trailer or gameplay.
Of course, no E3 would be complete without a Nintendo Direct livesteam. You can tune into Nintendo at E3 on Tuesday, June 15 at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST or June 16th at 2am EST. Of all the platforms Nintendo has the biggest lineup of big titles to make good on including Metroid Prime 4, Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Although Pokémon Legends: Arceus isn’t expected to release until 2022, we’re hoping to at least get a trailer of this new open-world Pokémon game.
E3 2021 could also be the perfect backdrop for Nintendo to finally introduce the Switch Pro. While it’s been long-rumored, reports of a new handheld console with a larger OLED screen have been heating up recently.
Ubisoft was basically the first to announce its showcase and it has announced almost everything it plans to present. Before making any new game announcements at all, Ubisoft plans to spend its hour-long preshow with updates on all its live games including Watch Dog: Legion, For Honor, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, Trackmania, and more. The Ubisoft Forward Preshow starts on Saturday, June 12 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm BST or June 13th at 4am AEST.
The actual Ubisoft Forward event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 12 at 12 pm PDT / 3 pm EDT / 8 pm BST or June 13th at 5am AEST. Expect gameplay footage of Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six: Quarantine, plus new content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Although Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake just saw another round of delays and the game no longer has a ship date, that may change at this event. Our biggest hope is we finally get a look at some real gameplay from Skull and Bones and Beyond Good and Evil 2.
There’s plenty of reasons to be excited about what Square Enix will possibly bring to the show. Square Enix at E3 could kick off with Forsaken, which looks like someone took Uncharted and Warframe, and then sprinkled a bit of magic dust on top of everything. We also fully expect to see at least three RPGs games between Final Fantasy XVI and Final Fantasy Origin and the recently announced Dragon Age XII: The Flame of Fate. Tomb Raider should also make some sort of appearance even if it’s just in the form of an anime series. We also expect to see another trailer of Life is Strange: True Colors even after the game got plenty of online air time with its first reveal trailers and developer commentary. Square Enix Presents Summer 2021 is scheduled to go live on Sunday, June 13 at 12:15pm PT / 3:15pm ET / 8:15pm BST or June 14 at 5:15am AEST.
Atlus, the other beloved JRPG maker, isn’t expected to hold a show of its own, but the video game developer does have a few exciting games in the works. Firstly, Shin Megami Tensei 5’s release date was just leaked days ahead of the show. Add in the fact that it’s been confirmed to release on the Switch, and it seems like a total assurance we’ll see it during Nintendo’s E3 Direct livestream.
Capcom has a big games showcase planned for E3 and it’s uniquely outlined more than a handful of games it has plans to show off. So far the showcase is confirmed to include The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, and Resident Evil VIIlage. On top of all of that, we anticipate a remake of Resident Evil 4 will be announced considering how Capcom has been riding high off the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. Capcom’s E3 2021 showcase will air on Monday, June 14th at 2:30pm PT / 5:30pm ET / 10:30pm BST or June 15 at 7:30am AEST.
Koch Media, the brand behind Saints Row, Dead Island, Metro, and more, plan to have a pre-E3 gaming stream. Titled the “Koch Primetime Gaming Stream,” it’s scheduled to air on June 11 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST or June 12th at a 5am AEST. The publisher has plenty of games in its back pocket to show and its most anticipated title is a new TimeSplitters game from the recently reformed Free Radical group. Koch Media may also surprise us with a new Saints Row game announcement or updates on Dead Island 2.
Summer of Gaming
IGN’s own Summer of Gaming event is, of course, returning this year and instead of running as a stand-in for E3, we’ll be partnering with the big gaming conference. Summer of Gaming is a summer-long event, so we’ll have loads of content before and after E3 2021.
On June 10th, IGN is partnering with Geoff Keighley’s Kick Off Live! to deliver more information around the biggest announcements of the night. Following that on June 11th at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm BST, or June 12 at 6am AEST we’ll be hosting the IGN Expo, an exclusive showcase featuring new game reveals, first-ever gameplay footage, and other announcements you won’t see elsewhere. While E3 is running from June 12 to June 15, you’ll be able to catch every stream on IGN and see more exclusive content as well.
Last year, the Guerrilla Collective was the place to be if you wanted to see a long showcase of indie games. This year they’re back and bringing twice as much show with two showcases and livestreams on June 5th and June 12th. This indie game-focused showcase is put together by indie developers and mid-sized publishers, so we should see a collection of games typically skipped over by the larger keynotes.
Summer Game Fest
Not to be confused with IGN’s own Summer of Gaming, Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest is a month-long gaming-focused event. It begins on June 10 with an inaugural “Kick Off Live!” show that will feature major announcements and an entire showcase of indie games hosted by iam8bit and Double Fine Productions called Day of the Devs. On the first day of Summer Games Fest, Weezer has also promised a debut of its new “stream safe game soundtrack song.”
Summer Games Fest isn’t just one show, one-day event, it will run through June. With an extensive partner list that includes Annapurna Interactive, Capcom, Devolver Digital, Electronic Arts, PlayStation, Square Enix, Tribeca Festival, and Xbox just to name a few, there shouldn’t be any shortage of announcements from the Summer Games Fest.
The PC Gaming Show
The PC Gaming Show runs on June 13 at 2:30pm PT, 5:30pm ET, 10:30pm BST, or June 14 7:30am AEST. As you might have guessed from the name, it’s all about PC gaming. While the majority of E3 is focused on console games, this PC Gamer run show is the only one that really caters specifically to PC players. As such, the PC Gaming Show showcases a few more niche genres and games like flight and space simulators, strategy games, puzzle games, and survival games. Last year’s showcase most notably debuted Valheim and the PC port of Persona 4 Golden, so we expect some big surprises this year as well.
Future Games Show
Run by PC Gamer’s sister site GamesRadar, the Future Games Show promises to feature console, PC, and mobile games. The actual games usually featured during this show are a mix of AAA and indie games. Just last year, the Future Games Show revealed new footage for Ghostrunner, Neon Abyss, and Wasteland 3 just to name a few highlights. The Future Game Show will stream after the PC Gaming Show on Sunday, June 13th at 4pm PT, 7pm ET, 12am BST, or June 14 at 9am AEST.
E3 2021 Awards Show
The E3 2021 week is of course going to end with its Award Show. Although this event is mostly about awarding the best games of the show as selected by a wide range of experts in the industry, this broadcast also promises to be packed with exciting announcements and reveals, so be sure not to miss it. The Official E3 2021 Awards Show streams on Tuesday, June 15 at 4:45pm PT, 7:45pm ET, 12:45am BST, or June 16 at 9:45am AEST.
Steam Next Fest
Valve has always done its own thing ever since it started selling games digitally and well its Steam Next Fest event is very different from the rest of E3. Held from June 16 to June 22, it won’t even be an official part of the show but rather a celebration of upcoming June games. Livestreams and hundreds of demos will allow users to watch and play new games, as well as talk with developers about their works in progress.
So far it looks like EA isn’t planning on making a big show at E3 as the company has announced it will hold its EA Play Live Showcase on July 22nd. That said, EA probably won’t be completely absent at E3 2021 as the company just revealed the first trailer for Battlefield 2042 and we’re guaranteed to see some multiplayer gameplay or at least another trailer during the upcoming week. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to hopefully see what Dragon Age 4 or Skate 4 will look like. EA’s recent acquisitions of Codemasters and Metalhead should also lead to new racing and baseball games from EA too, fingers crossed.
Other E3 Leaks
- Borderlands Wonderlands Spin-off – Multiple sources including games journalist reports to website code point a new Borderlands spin-off that might feature Tiny Tina as the game’s protagonist
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