After taking a hit in 2020, E3 is getting back on its feet and making a return this year, and in this Mega Guide, we will tell you everything about E3 2021. With a jam-packed schedule, E3 2021 is shaping up to be a real treat for gaming fans everywhere. Make sure to check back regularly, as we will keep updating this guide as more information is made public so that you don’t miss any of the new games announced at E3 2021.
E3 2021 Mega Guide
After a year’s gap and much anticipation, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, is back this year, bigger and better than ever. Given the pandemic struck world we are living in at the moment, the Entertainment Software Association has decided to make the event digital, which will be taking place online from the 12th of June to the 15th of June this year. ESA has waived any registration fee for E3 2021, and the event can be attended free of cost. However, there might be some paid exclusive excess for some events, but we’re not entirely sure of that for now.
Despite the worldwide Covid-19 situation, this year’s E3 is poised to be one of the biggest ones thanks to the numerous social media and digital platform partnerships that will make the event accessible to everyone with coverage on platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Gaming, TikTok, VENN, Steam, Reddit, Entertainment Weekly, WEBEDIA, Wechat, Bilibili, AfreecaTV, and many more.
E3’s official Twitter also announced the E3 hosts that will be leading you through the entire 4-day event in June. Greg Miller from KindaFunny as one of the hosts should come as no surprise to anyone given his name in video game journalism.
Greg this year will be joined by well-known Esports hosts and casters Jacki Jing and Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez. If you have seen any Esports tournament in the last 2 years, whether it is Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch or Call of Duty, chances are that you have seen Jacki Jing or Goldenboy deliver viewers an amazing experience.
The kind of hype this year’s E3 is creating can be judged by the list of attendees who have confirmed their presence at the event. This year we’ll be seeing Xbox, Nintendo, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros., Koch Media, and Square Enix.
Even though this list of attendees is perfectly capable of making the event a hit on its own, there are no surprises that Sony is missing from the list. Sony has not made an appearance in E3 since before 2019 and does not plan on doing so for E3’s 26th iteration either.
While the fingers stay crossed for the participants who’ll be making an appearance during E3 2021, here are all the potential events that will be taking place during this 4-day conference.
Confirmed E3 2021 Participants
The event will be taking place during the first day of the conference, 12th June, at 12 PM Pacific Time. The rumors are that we’ll get to see some updates on Far Cry 6 and VR Assassins Creed, as well as some further insights about the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC. If that isn’t exciting enough, we might get to see some news regarding Beyond Good and Evil 2 as well.
- Far Cry 6
- Assassins Creed Valhalla Expansion
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction
- Skull and Bones
- The next Splintercell Game
- Beyond Good and Evil 2
Gearbox E3 Showcase
The makers of the Borderlands franchise have confirmed their presence at E3 with tease about a new Borderlands spinoff game. Some leaked info suggests that the game, titled Wonderlands might center around Tiny Tina from the franchise. Gearbox’s E3 show is scheduled to take place on 12th June at 2PM Pacific Time.
Future Games Show
This event will take place on the second day of the conference. There is no major update regarding this event, but we’re sure they haven’t let us down before, and they wouldn’t let us down this year either.
PC Gaming Show
This event is expected to take place on the 13th of June, which is the second day of the conference. The event has come a long way since 2015, and we’ve seen plenty of prominent titles being showcased by the show previously, such as Borderlands 3, Valheim, XCOM 2, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and so on. Therefore, the hopes are high for this year’s PC Gaming Show as well.
- Crimson Desert
- New World
- Age of Empires 4
Summer Game Fest
Summer Game Fest took its roots last year and held its first iteration as a stand-alone event to try and fill the shoes of canceled 2020 E3. However, this year the event will be taking place as a part of E3 2021, kicking off on June 10th and continue for the next few days.
Summer Game Fest is also confirmed to be partnered with Netflix Geeked which is basically Netflix repository of all things games. This means that on June 11th, 9 AM PT, we will be able to see a bunch of premieres and trailers regarding Netflix’s adaptations of games such as The Witcher Season 2 and the upcoming Resident Evil shows.
While Warner Bros may have been quiet for some time, last year they revealed a huge slate of upcoming games covering their numerous IPs. With their confirmed appearance, fans should look forward to some new information regarding their upcoming games. While some of those games are confirmed to be at least a year or two away, we are hopeful to catch a glimpse of something new. Whatever the case might be, their upcoming spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is definitely making an appearance on 13th June at 2PM Pacific.
- Gotham Knights
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Xbox and Bethesda E3 Showcase
With Sony out of the picture, no way Microsoft was going to miss out on this year’s E3. They are a confirmed partner, but they have not revealed anything regarding their plans for the show. We’re expecting we’ll get to see some updates for Halo infinite and Fable 4.
Since Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, it has now been confirmed that they will also be making an appearance at the Xbox E3 2021 showcase. While we aren’t exactly sure which games might be on showcase from Bethesda, subsidiaries such as Arkane might also showcase the rumored “Omen” at E3 2021. On top of those, hopefully, Bethesda finally shows new looks at both the upcoming The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield.
- Halo Infinite
- Fable 4
- Forza Horizon 5
Square Enix Showcase
The exact proceedings of their event are yet unknown; however, the fans have been told that something big is coming their way. With Outriders and Nier Replicant already hitting the shelves, only the god knows what else Square Enix has in store for us.
The publisher has confirmed a list of games that will be making an appearance as well as a secret world premiere from Eidos Montreal. There is also the possibility that the newly rumored Final Fantasy Origins might also make an appearance and have its official reveal at E3 2021.
- Life is Strange: True Colors
- Babylon’s Fall
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Final Fantasy 16
- Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker
Whatever everyone’s experience with E3 might be, there is no denying that the Devolver Digital showcase is always the highlight thanks to its scripted and quirky TV-show-like aesthetic and over-the-top antics of “Devolver CEO” Nina Struthers. This year the Devolver Digital E3 show is confirmed to be on June 12th.
Nintendo E3 Showcase
It’s been a while since we’ve heard some major news from Nintendo, other than some new game titles coming out every now and then. Nintendo’s E3 show Nintendo Direct is confirmed for 15th June, starting at 6PM CEST and will run for approximately 40 minutes. Rumors are that we’ll be getting to see some updates on Breath of Wild 2, Splatoon 3, Pokémon Diamond, and Pearl remakes, as well as Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
With the competitors moving on to a new generation of consoles, who knows, we might be getting some insights about a Nintendo Switch successor as well!
- New Pokemon Snap
- Super Mario 3D World + Browser’s Fury
- Mario Golf Super Rush
- Ninja Gaiden Master Collection
- Bayonetta 3
Expected Developers and Publishers
We might be seeing a lot of other long-awaited announcements as well. A new GTA announcement is long overdue. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start expecting a GTA 5 sequel, but we can expect an announcement regarding a GTA 5 for PS5. This will make it perhaps the only GTA game in the franchise to have survived two generations of consoles.
Other than that, here’s a complete of all other expected participants at 2021 E3:
- Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Amazon Game Studios
- Bad Button Studio
- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
- Click Entertainment
- Deep Silver, Inc.
- Devious Eye Entertainment
- Epic Games Inc.
- GTR Simulator
- GungHo Online Entertainment America
- HORI USA
- Hyperkin, Inc.
- Kalypso Media Group
- Limited Run Games
- LGA Enterprises
- NEXT LEVEL RACING
- Oculus from Facebook
- RDS Industries Inc.
- THQ Nordic
- UnnamedVR by Paracosma
- XSEED Games
The developers and publishers above are responsible for some of the biggest hits across all platforms. While there have been confirmation about their games making an appearance, we are hopeful the following games might make an appearance at E3 2021
- Dying Light 2
- Battlefield 6
- Psychonauts 2
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
- Gotham Knights
- Alan Wake 2