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- E3 2021, the game’s largest annual event, begins June 12 and ends June 15.
- Industry leaders like Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft and Capcom will deliver world premiere trailers.
- All main presentations at E3 will be broadcast live and players can participate in the event for free.
E3, the video game industry’s largest annual conference, returns as a virtual event after taking a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show kicks off on June 12 and runs through June 15 with premieres, announcements and trailers from major industry players like Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Capcom.
Following the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S | X last year, E3 2021 is expected to focus on the next generation of games designed for these consoles. The Nintendo Switch also remains very popular, and Nintendo is reportedly working on announcing a new version of the Switch with more power, a better screen and better battery life.
The E3 broadcast schedule also includes compilation showcases for PC and indie games, giving lesser-known titles the opportunity to shine on the industry’s biggest stage. Some games, like Warner Bros. ‘Back 4 Blood, have their own scheduled extended releases. Other E3 presenters and editors include Gearbox, creators of âBorderlands,â gaming product specialists Razer, gaming entertainment channel VENN, and Verizon.
Players can also register to participate virtually and for free at E3 2021 by registering for the conference website. This will give you access to an E3 announcement feed and allow you to visit different publisher booths to take a closer look at upcoming games during the event.
Below, we’ve broken down the full E3 2021 schedule and what you can expect from the biggest main presentations.
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Sunday 13 June
Monday June 14
Tuesday June 15
The French publisher Ubisoft is the creator of games like “Assassin’s Creed”, “Far Cry” and “Rainbow Six”. During their E3 address, you can expect to see more of âFar Cry 6,â which features actor Giancarlo Esposito from âBreaking Badâ and âThe Mandalorian,â as well as the gameplay from âRainbow Six Extraction,â an online multiplayer game that previously premiered as “Rainbow Six Quarantine” in 2019.
Ubisioft has confirmed that a previously announced remake of “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” will not air at E3. Another long-awaited Ubisoft title, âBeyond Good and Evil 2,â hasn’t shared any news since September 2020 but this latest update foresaw the arrival of a trailer in 2021.
Xbox and Bethesda
Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda has been one of the gaming industry’s biggest stories this year, bringing a healthy library of iconic video game franchises like âFalloutâ and âElder Scrollsâ into the Xbox family.
While Xbox launched its next-gen Series X and Series S consoles in November, the company has been slow to release exclusive games. At E3, we’re awaiting details on âHalo Infinite,â a flagship Xbox title that was originally slated to launch alongside the Xbox Series X | S, but was delayed until fall 2021 to improve the finished product.
Bethesda has fewer games announced on its roster, but fans have been excited about new details about the space role-playing game “Starfield” and the upcoming “Elder Scrolls” game. Future versions of Bethesda would be exclusive to Xbox consoles and Windows PCs.
This Japanese developer publishes a wide range of successful games, including “Final Fantasy“, “Tomb Raider” and “Marvel’s Avengers”. The company has promised news on the upcoming action game “Babylon’s Fall”, the narrative adventure “Life is Strange: True Colors” and the next big update for “Avengers”.
Square Enix’s Eidos-Montreal will also present a world premiere trailer for their latest game; the same studio has already worked on “Tomb Raider”, “Avengers” and “Deus Ex”.
Take-Two is best known as the publisher of “NBA 2K” and the parent company of “Grand Theft Auto” maker Rockstar Games. Rockstar is currently planning to re-release “Grand Theft Auto V” for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Take-Two recently signed an exclusive deal with Tiger Woods for future games, so we might see some of the PGA Tour 2K22 at E3.
Ultimately, Take-Two’s conference could feature a range of surprises from partner studios; early leaks indicate that the publisher may be announcing a Marvel-themed crossover with its “XCOM” strategy games.
Capcom plans to talk about upcoming updates for some of the big games it released earlier this year, like âResident Evil Villageâ and âMonster Hunter Riseâ. There will also be news on at least two upcoming titles, “Monster Hunter Stories 2” and “The Great Ace Attorney”.
It’s unclear exactly what Nintendo has planned for this year’s E3 presentation, but there has been plenty of speculation that the company may be working on a new version of the Switch with
resolution and an OLED display.
Fans are eagerly awaiting new details on “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2”, but Nintendo plans to release a “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” remake in July. The company recently announced a new PokÃ©mon game called âPokÃ©mon Legends: Arceusâ, so we can see more of it, or the upcoming remakes of âPokÃ©mon Diamondâ and âPearlâ.
Bandai-Namco has two anime-inspired games slated to arrive in the next few months, “Scarlet Nexus” and “Tales of Arise”. Expect to see footage of these two alongside other footage from âElden Ring,â a new game from âGame of Thronesâ author George RR Martin and the creators of âDark Soulsâ.