E3 2021 returns this year with a free digital fair between the 12th and 15th of June. In this edition, the community expects to see games that have been postponed or have not received exact release dates since they were announced, such as Halo Infinite, from Microsoft, Breath of the Wild 2, from Nintendo, and Far Cry 6, from Ubisoft. In the following lines, the Tecnoblog lists the main games that may appear at the event, from rumors to confirmed announcements.
E3 2021 live conferences will be open to the public. To attend the event you will need to access the free application or the dedicated website of the fair. Livestreams will also be broadcast on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and Facebook.
To date, the companies confirmed as exhibitors at E3 2021 are: Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Capcom, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, Bandai Namco, SEGA, Gearbox, Marvelous XSEED Games, Mythical, Freedom Games and NetEase Games.
Microsoft’s conference at E3 2021 is expected to feature trailers and game release dates exclusive to Xbox consoles that were revealed last year. There is still the possibility of the company taking the time to talk about the upcoming games from affiliated studios, such as Bethesda and Obsidian Entertainment.
One of the most anticipated Xbox exclusive games is Halo Infinite. The game – which has been postponed twice since the announcement in July 2020 – had its premiere scheduled for later this year. At E3 2021, it is possible for Microsoft to show one more trailer, this time with an exact release date.
In July last year, Microsoft also unveiled new titles for franchises Forza Motorsport and Fable. The company, however, did not say when the games would arrive on Xbox consoles. At the E3 conference, the developer can present new trailers and provide predictions for these releases.
Other games announced at Xbox Game Studios may also receive more information at E3 2021, such as Age of Empires 4, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. two, State of Decay 3, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and the reboot of Perfect Dark.
Affiliate studios can take advantage of the conference to show news of games in development. Bethesda fans hope that The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield – announced in 2018 – get your first trailers this year. Meanwhile, Obsidian can show videos from Avowed, the producer’s next first-person RPG.
Nintendo celebrates two giant franchise anniversaries this year. The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon complete 35 and 25 years, respectively. Therefore, E3 2021 can focus on the next releases of these series, but without leaving out other games that have already been revealed and received release dates.
For this edition of the fair, you can expect the long-awaited trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. Revealed at E3 2019, the new game will receive news later this year, according to producer Eiji Aonuma. It is worth remembering that the first title was revealed at E3 2016, when the series turned 30 years old.
In February 2021, Nintendo announced the remastering of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, from Wii, to the Switch in celebration of the franchise’s 35th anniversary. The community expects the company to show yet another adaptation for the hybrid console, this time from Wind Waker HD.
For the Pokémon franchise, Nintendo should show new trailers for the remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is for Legends: Arceus. Some of these games may also appear at the Treehouse, where the company shows gameplays of the games presented at the fair with comments from the developers.
E3 2021 could still be the stage for other unpublished announcements, such as a new fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There is also the possibility of Splatoon 3 receive more information, even with the launch scheduled for 2022.
In Ubisoft Forward of E3 2021, the company should show news from the franchises Far cry, Rainbow Six, and The Division, as well as games that have already been revealed but have not received updates, such as Beyond Good and Evil 2, Skull & Bones and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake.
Ubisoft has already confirmed that Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine arrive until September 2021. Therefore, it is likely that both games will appear at E3 2021. It is worth mentioning that R6 Quarantine will have a new name so that the game is not associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to rumors, the title name would be Rainbow Six Parasite.
Recently, Ubisoft revealed plans to launch The Division Heartland – a free game from the franchise – still in 2021, and a mobile version of the cooperative shooting game in 2022. Both titles can win their first trailers at E3 2021.
The developer’s conference at the fair may also include games that have already been announced at past events, but have not received news, such as Skull & Bones and Beyond Good and Evil 2, or needed to be postponed, as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake.
For the franchise Assassins Creed, Ubisoft should only show news about the upcoming DLCs from Valhalla. The same goes for Watch Dogs Legion. As with all other E3, it is possible that Just Dance 2022 also appear.
Square Enix may reveal details at E3 2021 about the developer’s upcoming releases, such as franchise games Final Fantasy and Life is Strange, and the unprecedented game Forspoken, which was first presented as Project Athia.
Days before E3 2021, on June 10, Square Enix will launch Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade for the PS5. With that, the company can take the opportunity to reveal news about the second part of the RPG, as well as content from Final Fantasy 16.
Life is Strange: True Colors should receive another trailer before launch on September 10. Already Forspoken you can win a gameplay video showing the skills of the character Frey Holland in the developer’s new open-world action RPG.
On July 27, Square Enix will still publish NEO: The World Ends With You – that is, you can see something about the game at E3 2021. In addition, the developer is working on the project Triangle Strategy, a tactical RPG for the Switch that may appear at the fair.
After the launch of Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise, Capcom only has one more game scheduled for 2021: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, which comes out on July 9th. However, rumors indicate that the company would have unreleased games to show at E3 2021.
According to leaks, Capcom should focus on news for the franchise resident Evil. Among the possibilities are a DLC for Village, news for Outbreak (or Revelations 3) and the possible announcement of Resident Evil 4 Remake. It is important to emphasize that the company has not yet released the official plans for the event.
In addition, Capcom fans expect to see information about Street Fighter 6, Dragon’s Dogma 2 – which received an anime adaptation on Netflix in 2020 – and Pragmata, the developer’s next unprecedented franchise.
Take-Two is expected to showcase franchise news from its subsidiary companies: Rockstar Games and 2K Games. E3 2021 has not yet confirmed whether the publisher will be presenting a conference at the event, or whether it will only have one booth.
As much as fans are waiting for the announcement of GTA 6, the game has little chance of appearing at E3 2021. On the other hand, Rockstar should clarify doubts about the version of GTA 5 for PS5 and Xbox Series X | S, coming later this year.
For 2K Games, Take-Two can show the basketball game NBA 2K22. BioShock 4 is in development, but should not appear at the event, as job openings opened in April this year suggest that the studio is still looking for screenwriters.
Warner Bros. Games
Warner Bros. Games is betting on games featuring characters from the DC Comics universe. The games Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League are scheduled for release in 2022. Both titles may appear at E3 2021.
The company should still present more gampeplays from Back 4 Blood, the zombie game considered a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead. The game would arrive on June 18, but has been postponed until the end of the year. Even so, developer Turtle Rock intends to start open testing by September 2021.
Another postponed game is Hogwarts Legacy, which is now scheduled to be released in 2022. Announced in September 2020, the action RPG takes place in the Harry Potter universe in the 1800s. For now, the game has only received one trailer.
The most anticipated announcement for a possible Bandai Namco conference is Elden Ring, which had a trailer leaked in March this year. The game produced by From Software’s Hidetake Miyazaki, in partnership with Game of Thrones creator George R.R.Martin, has yet to receive new information since it was announced at E3 2019.
Bandai Namco is also expected to bring traditional Japanese action RPGs to the event. In the list are Scarlet Nexus and Tales of Arise, which will be launched in 2021, on June 25 and September 10, respectively.
Other games expected by the community are the fighting game from the anime Demon Slayer and the strategy RPG Digimon Survive, both titles scheduled to launch in 2021, but still with no exact date.
In addition to the exhibitors mentioned above, SEGA, Gearbox, Marvelous XSEED Games, Mythical, Freedom Games and NetEase Games will also have virtual booths at E3 2021. However, these studios have not yet commented on which games they intend to take to the fair.
Remember that Sony and Electronic Arts will not be at E3 2021. Therefore, it will not be possible to see the new God of War or Battlefield 6 at the fair.