E3 2021 has been reworked for the current world, with its organizer coordinating a virtual experience with the same heavyweight announcements we’ve come to expect. Xbox and Nintendo will host their respective showcases, bringing updates on their gaming consoles and in-house video games. Publishers and developers have also partnered with the E3 event, with Ubisoft and Square Enix among the big names hosting dedicated conferences. That’s only a slice of the lineup, making for a week packed with world premieres and exclusive insights.
This summer brings the biggest video game announcements of the year, with the world’s top publishers partnering up with various conferences, talking about what’s ahead for 2021 and beyond. It’s all tied up in the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, making a comeback this year as an all-digital affair. The online event brings various live shows to catch throughout June, shaping up as a must-watch for any video game fan.
E3 2021 and other live shows this June look set to deliver the most important gaming event of the year. It comes only shortly following the launch of the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s newly launched Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. And while the past year saw many developers delay projects, adapting to working from home, E3 will pass the spotlight to those titles making their return.
While the main event includes many conferences scheduled from June 12 through June 15, that’s not the only place for video game news. With only a select list of partners on the schedule, companies like Sony and Electronic Arts are expected to break away from E3 2021 but still presenting announcements through the summer season.
But with the E3 news already dropping, it can be hard to track what to watch and the biggest announcements along the way. We’re keeping a schedule of all the must-watch presentations, plus the top news as it happens.
Live: The biggest E3 2021 announcements so far
With a packed weekend ahead, E3 2021 looks to serve up many of the biggest video game announcements of the year from the world’s top publishers, developers, and platform holders. We’re rounding up all the unmissable news in one place, day-by-day, as it happens.
Summer Game Fest kicks off E3 2021
E3 2021 (sorta) kicked off today, with Summer Game Fest broadcasting a two-hour show, packed with announcements ahead of the main event. The live broadcast returned for its second outing, presented by Geoff Keighley, with various video game developers and publishers expected to take to the stage.
While many E3 2021 press conferences often center around individual firms and their respective release calendars, Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live delivered a broader celebration, from talent big and small. Game announcements and world premieres dominated the show, accompanied by live music performances and appearances from industry personalities. We’ve rounded up the biggest announcements from the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live show below, but you can check everything announced in our full roundup.
Elden Ring returns, release date included The biggest E3 2021 appearance concluded the Summer Game Fest broadcast, dropping the gameplay reveal Elden Ring. The upcoming title from Dark Souls developer, FromSoftware, and co-written by George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame, returned with three minutes of new footage. It returns from a lengthy hiatus with a release date, now gunning for January 10, 2021. Our faith in humanity is restored.
Borderlands spin-off, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, debuts Gearbox Entertainment unveiled Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, a new spin-off in the Borderlands series. The brief reveal trailer displayed the expected mix of action and humor, followed by a 2022 release window. We’re hoping to learn more about the project throughout the week of E3.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut unveiled Revered video game developer, Hideo Kojima, joined the Summer Game Fest stage with a brief appearance, coupled with a traditionally cryptic trailer for Kojima Productions’ next project, Death Stranding Director’s Cut. The re-release comes “expanded and remastered,” packing new content and upgraded for the PlayStation 5.
Call of Duty: Season Four drops June 17 Activision shared a brief overview of its fourth season for Call of Duty, bringing new multiplayer and zombies content for Black Ops Cold War and the arrival of satellites in Warzone’s Verdansk. Season Four goes live on June 17.
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