After a cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, E3 2021 was surrounded by hype and anticipation. The absence of the fair during the period made many players believe that this would be one of the most sensational fairs in history.
The reality, however, knocked on everyone’s door and the fact is that the event caused a lot of disappointment. In addition to the plethora of game content that had already been revealed, companies like Bandai and Take-Two simply gave up on pleasing fans.
Check below the 11 biggest disappointments of E3 2021 according to the wording of the voxel.
1. Take-Two Panel
Take-Two is one of the largest entertainment conglomerates in the world. Owner of brands like Rockstar, the company’s panel at E3 2021 generated a lot of expectations. Despite previously warning that the event would address issues such as diversity in the gaming industry, many people expected possible advertisements and game trailers. That’s not what happened, however. Even though the subject is vital for the sector, using the fair’s space fully to address these issues ended up generating a lot of frustration among fans.
2. No Bayonetta 3
Bayonetta 3 it was announced in 2017, during The Game Awards, and since then it hasn’t gained much news, taking out news confirming that it continues to be developed. Because of this vacuum, many people expected Nintendo to give more information about the project, presenting at least one cinematic video.
This was not the case. The game was summarily ignored and, even though the Japanese company made a good presentation, players missed it and complained about the lack of Bayonetta 3.
3. Lack of Capcom ads
Another conference that left a lot of people disappointed was Capcom. In addition to spending a lot of time talking about the championships and the competitive scene of fighting games, the announcements about games were not a big deal.
In one of the most disappointing parts, the Japanese just showed that she was developing a DLC for Resident Evil Village, without even confirming the theme. The way this was done also drew criticism, as the company showed a black background with the message written in white, leaving an appearance that it produced the message at the last minute and in a hurry.
4. Absence of Sony
For another year, Sony did not hold a conference at E3. The decision, which has stood since 2019, has been bad for the industry as a whole because this is the time when fans are paying attention to what’s happening in the industry. The distance from one of the main hallmarks of the event has left a feeling that “something is missing”, even more so in a year like this, where many people complained about the contents that were presented.
5. No Metroid Prime 4 on Nintendo
Nintendo brought the pleasant surprise of Metroid: Dread during the E3 2021 conference, something quite unexpected for the fans. But Metroid Prime 4, the most anticipated game and which was announced four years ago, did not show up. It’s justified, as its production restarted from scratch in 2019 (a few months before the pandemic), but we still get a taste of wanting more with one of Switch’s most anticipated titles.
6. Too many missing third-party games
One of the best things about Nintendo and Xbox’s presentation was the flood of ads for games exclusive to their platforms. However, being an E3 different from the conventional ones, it seems that there was little space for games from other companies. Games like Battlefield 2042 they had very little screen time; already Rune Factory 5, for example, got a fantastic trailer that didn’t even appear in the broadcasts.
Other expected games, like witchfire, abandoned, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Hogwarts Legacy, Gotham Knights, Dying Light 2, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 and many other titles already announced did not even show up. Call of Duty, one of the franchises that frequently show new games during the event, was also left out.
7. No Tiny Gameplay Tina Wonderlands
Tiny Tina Wonderlands was revealed during the Summer Game Fest and confirmed industry rumors. Even though it appeared at the Gearbox conference and other E3 2021 broadcasts, we didn’t have any gameplay snippets. Until this moment, we don’t even know what the title’s genre is.
8. No news from Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest
Square Enix ended E3 with a big surprise and brought it to the world Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. Yet, Final Fantasy XVI, Forspoken, Final Fantasy Ever Crisis, Dragon Quest XII, Dragon Quest 3 HD and several other games already announced and that needed screen time did not show up.
9. No Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl and Legends Arceus
In Nintendo Direct’s 25 years of Pokémon, we received two wonderful news: remakes of Diamond and Pearl and Legends Arceus, a new game in the franchise with an open world a la Zelda: Breath of the Wild set in the Sinnoh region at the time Feudal.
And at E3 2021, despite the incredible announcements of Metroid Dread, the new trailer for the sequel to Breath of the Wild, Pokémon fans were on hand and received nothing new about the games, no teasers or gameplay.
10. Bandai Namco’s ‘chinfrim’ presentation
What can I say about Bandai’s presentation, isn’t it? The company didn’t make it clear what it would show on this year’s E3 lineup, so everyone was hoping to at least see something about the announced games, like Tales of Arise and Scarlet Nexus, or even some DLC for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
Bandai presented only one repeated trailer of The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes and an interview talking about some small details of the game and that’s it, it’s over. Seriously, it got fans hopeful and booked their E3 appearance for just that? Yes, my dear friends, this Bandai ‘presentation’ probably disappointed much more than Capcom’s.
11. Absence of several Ubisoft games
On last September’s Ubisoft Forward, we had the surprise of the announcement of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, however, many fans were not happy with the graphics presented, and the game ended up being postponed again to 2022. Now the The Division Heartland, will be a free spin-off for PC, PlayStation and Xbox, with the footprint of the previous ones, but with a greater focus on managing their survival resources.
However, even with two big games in the portfolio, Ubisoft decided it was not time to show any details of them. With the absence of new Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed, which have just received new titles, having more games announced appearing at the conference would be a great thing to do. And by the way, where is Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Skull & Bones?
So, what were the weaknesses of E3 2021 for you? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!