After a year off, the biggest video game conference of the summer officially begins on Saturday, June 12, with four days of major news and new trailers, all virtual and completely free to all. It’s time for E3 2021.
The combination of entertainment software canceled E3 2020 as the global COVID-19 pandemic has shut down industries across the globe. Despite the shutdown – or even because of it – the video game market had a banner year, and Sony and Microsoft launched their ninth generation consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, end of 2020.
This year, E3 is back and it’s all digital, taking place on live streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. Unlike in previous years, participation is completely free and the show runs from June 12-15, with a handful of related events dotted among these dates. Here is our overview of the most exciting showcases for E3 2021 and around:
It all starts on Wednesday June 9, with the reveal of the upcoming Battlefield game, Battlefield 2042. We have the new trailer and all the details on Battlefield 2042 in our breakdown article, but here’s a recap: this is a sandbox-focused multiplayer extravaganza supporting up to 128-player matches on PC, Xbox Series X / S, and PlayStation 5, with a smaller number of players. on previous generation consoles. There are jets and helicopters, dynamic weather events and wingsuits, as well as a new class system. There’s no battle royale at launch, but fan-favorite Conquest and Breakthrough multiplayer modes are back. Battlefield 2042 releases October 22.
Then at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday June 10, the Summer Game Fest is online. This is the big show hosted by Geoff Keighley, and it’s guaranteed to feature a handful of surprise announcements and trailers, including the Developer day showcase of Double Fine and iam8bit. We also know that Weezer is going to perform a new song from an unknown game, and Jeff Goldblum will appear for some reason. Not that we were complaining.
Friday 11 June is fairly quiet. It starts with a Netflix presentation at 12 p.m. ET, with first show and movie trailers based on the properties of video games. Netflix has teased specific titles, including The witcher, The Cuphead Show!, Castlevania and resident Evil. And then at 3 p.m. ET, Deep Silver’s parent company, Koch Media, will host a stream, but it’s definitely will not present any news on Saints Row, Metro, Dead Island or Timesplitters.
Ubisoft kicks off saturday 12 june, with a lecture starting at 3 p.m. ET. Ubisoft will present the game formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, which was supposed to launch in early 2020, but was delayed by, you know, an actual global quarantine. The studio will also take a closer look Far cry 6, discuss updates to Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Rainbow Six: Siege, and talk about Mythic Quest, the charming Apple TV + series co-produced by Ubisoft. The studio will not share any information about the remake of Prince of Persia. And then at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Devolver Digital will host a live show featuring its special blend of satire, violence, comedy and direct marketing, focusing on its roster of high-profile indie games. In particular, just before week E3, Devolver retweeted a 2017 post, “There is no Hotline Miami 3.” Do whatever you want with it.
Sunday 13 June, This is the big day. At 1 p.m. ET, Xbox and Bethesda will host a joint press conference, their first since Xbox acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks and, of course, Bethesda. The show will run for 90 minutes and will focus on gaming, which is great news for Xbox Series X owners. Xbox has passed the last years engulf talented studios, although the X series has been light on proprietary software so far. It looks like the Xbox and Bethesda event will highlight Halo: infinite in particular.
But that’s not all for Sunday – at 3:15 p.m. ET, Square Enix will showcase a handful of its own titles, including The fall of Babylon, the mysterious Bayonetta project and Nier: Automata PlatinumGames studio. Platinum teased The fall of Babylon back in 2018 and again in 2019, but other than a few spectral swords and Dark Souls vibes, details on the game have been sparse. Square also plans to launch a new title at Eidos-Montreal, the studio responsible for Two Ex: Human Revolution and Humanity Divided. Rumor has it that this game is based on Guardians of the Galaxy. If that’s true, let’s hope Square treats it better than Marvel Avengers.
Monday June 14, will feature a handful of presentations from companies such as Limited Run Games, Razer, Capcom and Take-Two Interactive. Take-Two has not described what it will bring to the show, although the ESA says the studio is organizing a roundtable on diversity, equity and inclusion. Either way, I don’t think this will include the Grand Theft Auto news.
And finally, just like in the good old days, Nintendo is hosting the last big E3 press conference on Tuesday June 15 at 12 p.m. ET. This Nintendo Direct live stream will focus on Switch games, and fans are hoping to get updates on top titles including Metroid Prime 4, Bayonet 3 and the rest of Breath of the wild. Nintendo announced the existence of Metroid Prime 4 in 2017, and two years later, the developers said they were throwing everything away and starting from scratch. The news has been calm since then. It’s a similar story with Bayonet 3 and the Breath of the wild Continued – Nintendo has not offered updates for these games for years, although demand remains high. If these games don’t show up at Nintendo’s E3 event, fans will be angry. Well, as angry as a bunch of Animal Crossing junkies can be.
While Nintendo has specifically said that its live stream will be for Switch software, there are also rumors that the company has dropped a new, high-end version of the Switch even before E3 begins.
That’s basically it for E3 2021. Again, Sony won’t be there, but Engadget will be. we will host live broadcasts for four shows: the start of the Summer Game Fest, Ubisoft, Xbox and Nintendo. My colleagues and I will look with you and provide some commentary and analysis along the way. And we’ll probably cry a little if we don’t see Bayonet 3.
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