E3 2021 day 3 is a wrap and it was another spectacular day of E3 news thanks to the Indie Showcase, Capcom presentation, and Razer keynote. Tomorrow E3 wraps up with Nintendo, Bandai Namco, and the E3 Awards Show. The biggest online gaming conference has already given us our first or extended looks at Halo Infinite, Elden Ring, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Forza Horizon 5, and so much more. Of course, there are plenty of new games to still be announced, so stay tuned for even more from this year’s all-digital ‘Electronic Entertainment Expo.’
Below you’ll find the full E3 2021 schedule and all the E3 news so far. We also have an inkling of what E3 announcements you can expect from every video game publisher, developer, and platform. If you’re looking for where to preorder every E3 game we have you covered there too.
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.
What Time Does E3 Start Today?
E3 starts at 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm BST today or on June 15 at 1am in AEST for those in Australia. The E3 show on Monday, June 14 starts off with the E3 Preshow and a Halo Infinite Multiplayer Overview from 343 Industries.
E3 2021 Schedule
- 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 IGN Kick Off Live! Preshow – Thursday, June 10 at 10:30am PT – 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 Halo Infinite Multiplayer Overview – Monday, June 14 at 8am PT Verizon presentation – Monday, June 14 at 9am PT Intellivision – Monday, June 14 at 9:45am PT Forza Horizon 5 livestream – Monday, June 14 at 10am 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
Where Can I Watch E3 2021?
E3 2021 is an online-only event 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
Everything Announced at E3 2021
The Capcom Presentation was short and sweet with updates on the Resident Evil and Monster Hunter games. Re:Verse announced it will be going live next month in July 2020. Capcom also announced the development of Resident Evil VIIlage DLC has just begun.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin showed off a new story trailer and a roadmap of updates. The Wolf Palamute from Monster Hunter Rise will also come to Monster Hunter Stories 2 as a Monstie companion. If you want to give Wings of Ruin a try, a trial version of the game will be on the Nintendo eShop starting on July 25, and you can transfer your save from the demo to the full game too.
Monster Hunter Rise will also be getting update 3.1 soon that will add downloadable event quests like the Almudron: Fashion Victim quest, Fooled in the Flooded Forest quest, Rampage: Muddi Gras, Heart of a Hero, An Icy Blade So Bright. The update will also include new cosmetics as well.
We’re getting a breather from all the AAA, all too serious in your face games with the Indie Showcase today.
Fly as a little paper airplane in this soothing gorgeous game called LifeSlide and it’ll release on August 6th. Hooded Horse announced not just one but three different space-bound strategy games including Falling Frontier, Alliance of the Sacred Suns, and Terra Invicta.
Fallen Aces is a cell-shaded, noir style first-person shooter where you’ll have to take on thugs, henchman, and crimelords. Larcenauts is a six versus six multiplayer where you fight over capturing intel that’s weirdly shaped like a big ball.
Toy Soldiers announced it’s getting an HD remake and will be coming this August. Moo Lander is a fun take being flying around an invading alien space saucer in a twin-stick shooter and of course the big bosses of the games are superpowered cows.
Fly around as cute animals in Bark and survive the side-scrolling bullet hell action. Tunguska: The Visitation is an isometric stealth-action game with some alien surprises.
Neko Ghost Jump is a 2D and 3D platformer where you’ll play as a constantly meowing kitty cat. Race through side-scrolling. Extragalactica is a crazy mashup of a top-down space shooter and a 2D platformer where you take control of a varsity football player and his magical cat.
PC Gaming Show and Future Games Show
The PC Gaming Show is the only E3 2021 event that caters specifically to PC gamers and it didn’t disappoint this year with a boatload of trailers for new and upcoming games. First up, the show presented a new trailer for the melee-focused battle royale game Naraka: Bladepoint that’ll release on August 12. Instead of guns, Naraka: Bladepoint revolves around up-close weapons like fists, swords, spears, grappling hooks, katanas, and even a very big chainsaw.
Ocs Mus Die! 3 announced it’s coming to Steam after being a Google Stadia Exclusive since launch and the new downloadable version will feature all-new content, features, and improvements. GigaBash showed off a new gameplay trailer that makes the game look like a fun mix of Rampage and Powerstone.
WarTales is a new strategy game from the creators of Northgard that has you take control of a mercenary band struggling to survive in a plague-ridden medieval setting. Ixion puts you in the shoes of a space station captain who must lead the survivors of the human race through the galaxy to find a new home while trying to improve and the station with the few resources in hand.
In the Far: Lone Said sequel Far: Changing Tides, you’ll be sailing into uncharted waters in a post-apocalyptic water world. For the first time, the new sequel lets you explore locations on dry land such as abandoned cities and rickety towers. Silt is basically a dark and atmospheric side-scrolling puzzle game that’s a cross between Abzu and Limbo.
Pioner is a new survival FPS that looks strikingly similar to Stalker, but it has more of a supernatural bent to it and incorporates more multiplayer elements.
Chernobylite is a survival-horror RPG in which you have to break into the Chernobyl Nuclear Power to perform a heist. As outlandish as that might sound, the game actually uses incredibly accurate 3D models of the exclusion zone created from photos and scans of the real-life setting.
Square Enix Presents Summer 2021
Square Enix Presents Summer 2021 was a jampacked show and it dove headfirst into a new Marvel game, Guardians of the Galaxy. This isn’t just a big update for Marvel’s Avengers but rather a completely new game featuring the whole cast including Peter Quill, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, and Groot.
The game looks like it’ll have a lengthy single-player campaign and won’t fall into the same multiplayer, live game pitfalls that Marvel’s Avengers made. The lengthy gameplay trailer showed us the first part of a gameplay level and it looks like you’ll get to see some pretty exotic alien planets. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like you’ll be able to switch between the characters yet, but you can pull off a super mode with all the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Final Fantasy fans will be glad to hear that the first six games will be coming back as a Pixel Remaster Collection that’ll be available on Steam and mobile. Legend of Mana announced it’ll be available on June 24 with a new teaser trailer that showed us more of its animated cinematics.
Not to be forgotten, Marvel’s Avengers revealed a continuation of the main story campaign that’ll come later this month. Wasteland Patrol staring Hawkeye will come in July. Then in August, we’ll finally be able to play as Black Panther.
Babalyon’s Fall is a brand new hack-and-slash action game from the Platinum Games developers who worked on Nier: Automata. This time instead of a post-apocalyptic age of machines, you’ll be battling out with huge monsters and deities in a high fantasy setting. It will also constantly be updated as a live-service game and support co-op gameplay.
Square Enix also showed off the Life is Strange: Remastered Collection with a longer look at the game’s enhanced graphics and it announced its September 25 release date. We also got a new trailer for Life is Strange: True Colors that will launch on September 10.
Lastly, Team Ninja showed off Stranger of Paradise: A Final Fantasy Origin as its retelling of Final Fantasy I with souls-like action combat. Aside from some overly aggressive dialogue, the game looks like it’ll offer fantastically smooth combat on your quest to kill Chaos with your two other prophesized warriors of light.
Xbox and Bethesda Showcase
Microsoft’s E3 Xbox and Bethesda Showcase surprisingly didn’t start with Phil Spencer but Bethesda’s Todd Howard. Starfield was first to bat, despite leaking mere minutes beforehand, and it was announced as an Xbox exclusive coming to Game Pass on November 11.
Stalker 2 Heart of Chernobyl showed off an extended gameplay trailer and we were shown a load of different scenarios from the game. From the footage, it looks like the new game will all be about raiding enemy camps, exploring the irradiated overworld, diving into monster dens, and some surprisingly intricate cinematic dialog scenes.
Back 4 Blood dropped in with an October 12 release date and a new cinematic trailer that also announced a new swarm vs survivor mode, oh and it’s also coming to GamePass and a Xbox Exclusive.
Contraband, a new co-op open-world game from Avalance Studios, debuted with a cinematic trailer and it seems like it’s trying to evoke a fun, apocalyptic setting. Sea of Thieves announced a new A Pirate’s Life expansion featuring The Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack
We got our first look at Battlefield 2042 multiplayer today and now we have a better look at each specialist’s tools like the grappling hook and wingsuit. Battlefield 2042 also announced it’s going to be an Xbox console exclusive.
Fallout 76 is getting a big Brotherhood of Steel-focused expansion called Steel Reign on July 7th. Welcome to the Pitt was also teased as a new upcoming Fallout 76 Expedition, which seems like it’ll add a new map to explore outside of the game’s main Appalachia setting.
Save your family in the new isometric puzzle game called Somerville arriving in 2022 as an Xbox Game Pass release.
We finally got to see more Halo Infinite with a new story trailer that basically tells us Cortana is back. Also, Halo Infinite multiplayer is confirmed to be to be free-to-play and we saw the official return of The Chopper. Plenty of weapons and armor customization were on show also, and the game was announced as a day one Xbox Game Pass release.
We got our first glimpse of Diablo II Resurrected with a new cinematic trailer new visual, 4K 60fps gameplay, and a September 23 release date. Slime Rancher 2 was also announced and will come in 2022. Shredders, a new snowboarding game, is coming to Xbox Series X|S as a console exclusive in December 2021.
A Plague Tale Requiem, the second action-adventure survival horror stealth game from Asobo Studio, has been announced as a 2022 release. Far Cry 6 announced it’s going to be a console launch exclusive and it showed off another gameplay trailer.
Atomic Heart got a new musical cinematic trailer while announcing it will be a console launch exclusive and be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one. Venture through a 2D apocalyptic landscape in the newly announced Replaced game coming in 2022.
Obsidian Entertainment announced a new Shroom and Doom update for Grounded that will add sitting and a new broodmother spider boss. Among Us announced it will be bringing 15 player lobbies on June 15.
Age of Empire 4 announced it will release on October 28 and be available through Xbox Game Pass on day one. The Outer Worlds 2 has been announced for Xbox Series X|S in a comical, fourth-wall-breaking teaser trailer.
Microsoft Flight Simulator dropped in a new trailer showing off its visual splendor and announced it’s arriving on Xbox Series X/S on July 27. Microsoft also announced a Top Gun expansion is coming later this December 2021.
Forza Horizon 5 debuted with a jaw-dropping trailer showing off its new setting in Mexico and announced a November 7 release date. The game has plenty of new party features including a pinata pop mini-game and customizable maps.
Lastly, Arkane Austin announced its latest work, a new vampire hunting shooter called Redfall. Arriving this summer, it looks like it’ll have a great mix of supernatural spells and guns that shoot wooden stakes.
Gearbox Entertainment Presentation
The Gearbox Entertainment Presentation gave us a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming Borderlands: The Movie. As expected we got yet another look at Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands this time with a developer talk that gave us a closer look at the monsters such as wyverns and goblins.
GodFall announced its new Fire & Darkness Lightbringer expansion will release on August 10th. The new content revolves around a new quest to save the fire realm, plus new weapons and 40-+ new loot items. Gearbox also announced it has brought Godfall to the PS4 with crossplay and a free PS5 upgrade if users eventually move up to the latest console.
The makers of Tribes of Tribes of Midgar also gave us a bit more information about the gameplay cycle of the game will involve gathering and crafting in the day and battling hordes of monsters at night – which all sounds strikingly similar to the original concept of Fortnite.
Gearbox gave us a reminder that Homeworld 3 is still in production but we didn’t get any new teaser trailer or any images of the upcoming game.
Ubisoft Forward is the first major show of E3 with newly announced AAA games and our first look gameplay of previously announced titles.
Rainbow Six threw down the gauntlet first with a cinematic trailer for the new Extraction expansion releasing on September 16. It looks like operators will have plenty of new tools including a lightning shooting claymore, plus a new react light and knife – all equipment will be upgradable as they play too. Players won’t have all their operators at first either, they’ll have to extract them from captivity first.
Rainbow Six is also getting a PC and Stadia crossplay update on June 30, and then crossplay for all platforms is coming in early 2022.
Rocksmith+ is a new subscription service that takes music games to the next level with music learning programming created in partnership with Gibson guitars. The game uses your smartphone as a microphone so you can use an acoustic or electric guitar without any additional equipment.
Riders Republic is the latest extreme outdoor game from Ubisoft. The game debuted with a gameplay trailer showing activities like mountain biking, wingsuit flying, and snowboarding. Instead of just going on tracks, it looks like Riders Republic will revolve around open-world gameplay similar to Forza Horizon 4 and The Crew 2.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla The Siege of Paris got a new feature trailer showing off the new setting, weapons, and other equipment players can expect. The Discovery Tour is another free update coming this Fall and it will let you play as NPCs living through their daily life and get history lessons on the setting and time period of the world.
Following that Ubisoft has promised to deliver more expansions for its second year of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla content.
We got another look at Far Cry 6 with a story trailer showing off the performance chops of Giancarlo Esposito’s Antón Castillo. It also appears players will be able to play as Vaas, Pagan Min, and Joseph Seed as part of Far Cry 6’s season pass content.
Ubisoft also announced Mario + Rabidds Sparks of Hope with a cinematic trailer. Moving beyond the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and his cohorts have just arrived on an alien planet to a dark force taking over the galaxy. There are also plenty of new weapons including Mario’s new set of dual guns, Peach’s umbrella, and a buster sword of sorts. The gameplay has also been changed to free movement within a circle, instead of using a grid of squares.
The last surprise of the show was a new Avatar Frontiers of Pandora game. So far we’ve only seen a cinematic trailer but it looks like we’ll be able to explore the vast world of Pandora from the eyes of a Na’vi protagonist.
Guerrilla Collective Showcase
The Guerrilla Collective Showcase brought forth all the indie games you could possibly want. The stream started with showing off Aragami 2, the second stealth-action game from Lince Works, and it has a September 17 launch date. Firegirl dropped with a trailer showing the 2.5D firefighting action and it looks like you’ll be able to use your water hose like a jetpack to fly and traverse.
Batora: Lost Haven is part hack and slash and part twin-stick shooter. Grime debuted with a strangely seductive trailer and introduced the protagonist you play as a walking black hole. BPM (Bullets Per Minute) is a rhythm-based first-person shooter that Metal: Hellsinger fans are sure to love and it’s available this Summer. Akatori looks to be a 2D-based action platformer where you’ll play as a staff-wielding monk.
Archvale is bringing intense overhead bullet hell action to the Switch and Steam later this year. No Longer Home is a narrative adventure game where you’ll essentially live through the life of the devs as they go through college and other life-changing experiences. Hunt the Night is a 2D overhead action-adventure game coming to PC and consoles soon. The card-based adventure game Blackbook is coming to Steam soon as well.
Demon’s Mirror is a deck-building, puzzle game coming soon to Steam. Loot Rive might look like just another overhead action game but its unique mechanic is you can move the world around you. The Light of the Darkness is a 2D action game that heavily plays on the themes of its title as you play as an angel fighting through a world shrouded in darkness.
Slime Heroes lets you collect and raise a family of slimes and it’s coming to steam soon. Arietta of Spirits is a 2.5D action-adventure game all about helping spirits move on to the afterlife. Unmetal is bringing comedic stealth game action to Steam soon and the demo is available now. Wolfstride looks like a fun mech-customization game with a turn-based RPG combat.
Severed Steel is a fast-paced shooter that brings Super Hot vibes with added parkour, action movie moves. Slay Vampires, terrorists, and more in BATS. Venture into the meaty apocalyptic wastelands of Death Trash that’s very reminiscent of the original isometric Fallout games.
Serial Cleaners is the sequel to Serial Cleaner and the game debuted with a teaser trailer and it will release in 2021. White Shadows is a cinematic platformer set in a gorgeous black and white world full of mechanical oddities and wonderful lighting effects. Raji: An Ancient Epic is an isometric action-platformer based in Hindu-themed world that’s getting an enhanced edition for PC and consoles later this year. Despots Game is a roguelike autobattler where you’ll lead a pack of humans through a monster and robot-filled dungeon.
Manage your potion shop with farming and mixing in this point-and-click management sim called Potion Craft. Rawmen: Food Fighter Arena is a competitive soup-slinging game where you’ll roll a meatball through a net that mixes the wackiness of Rocket League, Splatoon, and Katamari.
Happy’s Humble Burger Farm is a hilarious horror game with a PS1 aesthetic coming soon to Steam. Build and upgrade your boat with trash and take to the high seas in the co-op Trash Sailors game.
Blooming Business Co. lets you run and manage a casino. Robodunk is a spin on your traditional basketball game with customizable and upgradable robots. King of the Hat, the competitive platform party game, announced it’s coming to Steam. Venice 2089 is a point-and-click adventure game that lets you explore a futuristic Venice on the back of a hoverboard.
Arcade Paradise lets you build the ultimate 90s arcade of your dreams out of your rundown family laundromat, oh and you can play those arcade games too.
IGN Expo 2021
The game announcements just keep piling on and this time they’re coming straight from IGN Expo 2021. First up, Big Rumble Boxing Creed Champions is a brand new boxing game from the Creed and Rocky franchise that’ll release on September 3. If you’ve been looking for another co-op survival game, you’re in luck with Survival Machine. The game debuted with a trailer showing off the low-poly art style, plus some gathering and crafting gameplay before ending on some tower defense action.
Coming out on June 30, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus is an expanded version of the original 2017 visual novel game, but don’t think this game is just a dating simulator as things take a quick turn into a horror show.
Tiny Tina might have debuted on the Kick Off Live! but IGN is here to bring you more details on how the game is set shortly after the Borderlands 2 DLC expansion, Assault of Dragon Keep. Also unlike traditional Borderlands games, you’ll play as your own completely original character with multiple character class options. Weapons also aren’t just guns, but melee weapons and spells.
The fight against zombies continues with World War Z: Aftermath, which is an enhanced edition of Saber Interactive’s original co-op zombie horde shooter. The game will include everything from the Game of the Year edition of World War Z and add new characters, melee combat, enemies, a first-person mode, and 4K/60FPS enhancements for the latest consoles.
Dimfrost Studio has officially announced their intense, horror platformer Bramble: The Mountain King with gameplay reminiscent of Limbo and Little Nightmares. Conversely, Skate Bird is a much more light-hearted game all about skateboarding as a little bird and it’ll release on August 12.
Switching from just digital games, Arcade 1UP announced three new arcade cabinet for Street Fighter II and Turtles in Time fans, plus a Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga combo machine. The Forgotten City was first developed as a Skyrim mod, but now this time-looping, murder-mystery game set in ancient Rome is releasing as a full game on July 28.
Splitgate is finally coming to consoles on July 27 and to celebrate the occasion, Developer 1047 dropped a new release trailer. Core Keeper is a new debut 2D mining and base-building gaming coming to PC later this year as a Steam Early Access title. It’s a literal battle of the bands in AudioClash: Battle of the Bands, an auto-battler strategy game coming to Steam Early Access in Q3 2021.
Blacktail is the debut game from a brand new game studio, the Parasight, that stars the mythical Baba Yaga in a first-person action-adventure. Death’s Gambit: Afterlife is an expanded action-platformer coming to Nintendo Switch this year. The skypunk, airship battler Black Skylands has announced its new Steam Early Access release date of July 9.
Steelrising, the alternate history game set amid the French Revolution, revealed more of its storyline today. Unbound Worlds Apart, a Metroidvania game revolving around portals announced its July 28 release date.
Netflix Geeked Week
Netflix Geeked Week had zero game announcements, but it was a gaming adjacent event nonetheless. The stream started by giving us a first look at League of Legends Arcane, this will be the second animated series based on a MOBA game after Dota: Dragon’s Blood. Cuphead is also getting an animated Netflix spinoff called The Cuphead Show and it follows the exploits of the titular character and his brother, Mugman.
The Netflix Castlevania series creators announced the series would continue with a new show featuring Richter Belmont, the son of Sypha and Trevor, and Maria Renard in 1792 France caught up in the French revolution. Sam Fisher returns for duty in a new Splinter Cell animated series and we got our first look with a teaser image.
Netflix also announced two anime adaptations of Far Cry. The first one is Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix and it’s based on Far Cry 3: Dragon Blood, so expect plenty of 90’s callbacks from this retro, cyber-stylized series. The second Far Cry series was only presented with a Far Cry logo in front of a jungle setting, so this mystery series will probably be based on the more traditional games.
We got a look at the second season of The Witcher with a teaser trailer and it looks like it’ll prominently feature Ciri. Netflix also teased WitcherCon on July 9th, which appears to be a merger of the game and series/book universes.
Lastly, Netflix revealed it’s working on a live-action Resident Evil show and it already has a full cast including Lance Reddic as Albert Wesker.
Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live!
Geoff Keighley’s Kickoff Live! kicked off the E3 2021 festivities with a bang by first announcing Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, a high fantasy take on Borderlands with D&D-styled dice rolls. Wonderlands will also feature a star-studded cast including Will Arnett, Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, and Ashly Burch.
We also saw a new trailer for Metal Slug Tactics and Jurrasic World Evolution 2. Hideo Kojima made a guest appearance on the virtual stage and dropped a trailer for Death Stranding Director’s Cut coming to the PS5. Sable announced its September 23, 2021 release date following an amazing musical performance by Japanese Breakfast.
Lost Ark, a Korean MMO, announced it’s finally getting a western release later this Fall 2021. Call of Duty Warzone released a new Season Four trailer showing off new footage of zombies invading the battle royale game. Among Us developer Innersloth also showed off a new hide and seek game mode, new in-game roles, new cosmetics, and a teaser for five new maps.
If you’ve been waiting for a new side-scroller souls-like game, the creators of Salt and Sanctuary debuted Salt and Sacrifice with a reveal trailer. Annapurna dropped a new trailer for its third-person platformer with Shadow of the Colossus vibes called Solar Ash. The world’s shortest tease gave us a first look at a new Valorant character coming soon.
Two-Point Campus was announced as the latest management simulator from the great minds behind Two Point Hospital. Smite unveiled a trailer of its latest cross-media tie-in with Stanger Things full of multiple skins and other cosmetics. Koch Media announced Prime Label, its new publishing label and its plans to release 12 new games including Payday 3, plus a new Gungrave title and Painkiller title.
Anacrusis was introduced as a new Left 4 Dead-style co-op shooter headed by former Valve writer Chet Faliszek. A new Tales of Arise trailer gave us a bigger look at the upcoming game’s characters, abilities, and more. F9 cars including the new rocket-powered Pontiac Fiero are coming to Rocket League. Bloodhunt is a new battle royale game set in the Vampire the Masquerade universe that debuted with a trailer and an open alpha before the game releases later this year.
Thatgamecompany announced Sky: Children of the Light will be coming to Nintendo Switch on June 29 complete with a new trailer. Planet of Lana is a cinematic puzzle adventure with a water-painted aesthetic that’ll release on Game Pass and be exclusive to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
Aaron Keller from Blizzard made a guest appearance to show off the new Overwatch 2 character models for Baptiste and Sombra. Capcom presented a new trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2 Wings of Ruin, the second turn-based RPG spin-off of the original monster battling games.
We got our very first look at Endless Dungeon, a new roguelike and tower defense mashup. Tunic showed off a small sliver of the demo coming to Xbox soon.
Long after its Game Awards announcement, we finally got an extended look at the gameplay of Evil Dead: The Game and it looks like a third-person zombie action game Dead Rising fans will love. You can look forward to even more zombie games soon as Call of Duty Zombies creators Jason Blundell and Dave Anthony announced they’re starting a new studio in partnership with Sony called Deviation Games.
Lastly the Summer Game Fest Kick Off Live! ended with a world premiere of Elden Ring. From the reveal trailer, we can see the game will have plenty of fantastical monsters to slay and the game also has a January 21, 2022 release date too.
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.
Unless Sony makes a last second surprise show it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting a PlayStation event this week. It’s a real shame since we were hoping for a packed Playstation at E3 showing off new games like Lost Judgment. But at the very least we got a Horizon Zero Dawn Forbidden West focused event a few weeks ahead of E3 and saw plenty of gameplay. 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 livestream. 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.
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 game 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.
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. 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.
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.
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