E3 is making a big comeback. The biggest gaming event of the year is going online and thanks to a new event called Summer Game Fest, the whole thing will last a month! In this preview article we’re going to cover everything you need to know about E3 2021. What companies will be joining, what games will be shown, and what games might be shown. All of that and much more right here, in one place. Don’t miss it!
E3 2021 is right around the corner. The dates are set to 12-15 June, but unlike previous years, it will all happen exclusively online. Yes, no more long flights to LA, no more restricted access and long-ass lines. Speaking of access, despite the rumors, E3 2021 will be absolutely free for everyone. No SMS and registration required, as they say.
Now, the biggest gaming event of the year will have 3 hosts:
These guys will host the show, give comments and take interviews from publishers and game developers, which there will be a lot of. The companies that confirmed their presence at E3 are:
Unfortunately, Konami announced that they won’t be ready to show anything at E3. Therefore they won’t be present this year. However, they’ve reassured their community that they’re hard at work on several big projects, which will be revealed later this year. Also, Sony, EA, and Activision/Blizzard have refused to show anything at E3 in favor of their own shows. Sony will be present at the expo, although they won’t be showing any games. And now, let’s talk about everything that is known about E3 2021 and what to expect from it.
As most of you know, E3 last year got canceled due to the pandemic, but it was partially replaced by an event called Summer Game Fest. Thanks to this fest, publishers and developers had the opportunity to talk about and showcase their fresh projects. This year, the SGF will be a full-blown part of E3. The main event of the SGF is called Kickoff Live and will kick off (sorry xD) on June 10 and will present to its viewers a total of 12 new premiers, announcements, and showcases from select publishers. The show’s length will be approximately 2 hours, during which the viewers will see 20-30 new games. Besides that, the rock band Weezer will be playing on stage. Moreover, as a part of Summer Game Fest, another digital event will take place, and it’s called the Day of the Devs. Produced by IAM8BIT and Double Fine, the event will introduce us to new games from all sorts of indie game developers.
SGM is a festival that will last much longer than just one day. Throughout this month, all kinds of publishers, small and big, will be demonstrating and presenting their games. The host of the festival will be Geoff Keighley. More than 30 companies are enlisted as participants, including the big names such as 2K Games, Activision, Gearbox, and others. Some of them will present their games during the Kickoff Live, while others will host their own events with the SGM re-streams.
Valve will not ignore this fest either, but don’t expect any big announcements. During the week, Steam will feature half a hundred demo versions of games from the fest, and you’ll also be able to watch streams with the developers. Also, we can expect some thematic discounts, most likely on games from publishers that will be taking part in the festival.
Koch Media announced its own presentation with announcements and showcases. Their live stream will be a part of SGF 2021. The company’s main asset on the market is Deep Silver that in turn is a publisher for studios like:
So, it is likely that we’ll see an announcement of new installments of such popular series such as Saint’s Row, Dead Island 2, Kingdom Come 2, and Payday 3. This publisher has around 100 games in the works in different studios, so it’ll be interesting to see which ones will get a spotlight this year.
Ubisoft will be presenting games during both SGF and E3. Which games will be shown is not yet known. However, with more or less certainty, the French developer will present new DLC for AC: Valhalla or even shed some light on the long-awaited Skull & Bone. Plus, of course, more gameplay from Far Cry 6 and hopefully some new footage of Rainbow Six: Quarantine. With that, Massive Entertainment might present their new game set in James Cameron’s Avatar universe or Star Wars that runs on The Division engine. We can also expect to see lots of sports games such as Riders Republic and free-to-play Roller Champions. But, most of all, we’re excited to see something about the new, free to play The Division Heartland. And let’s not forget the remake version of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the new Settlers installment, and the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2. Let’s also not forget the chance to see some new, unannounced IPs.
A completely insane show that Devolver Digital is known for, where literally anything can happen (like the death of a host by a head explosion on E32017), this is what we should expect. Most likely, we’ll see some more gameplay of the upcoming Shadow Warrior 3, a new DLC to Serious Sam 4, the sequel of The Talos Principle 2, the new season for Fall Guys. However, the best thing about this company is the new and unannounced projects. We can’t wait to see what kind of madness Devolver Digital has prepped for us this time.
This show will be focused on the announcement of projects from the Xbox Games Studios, Bethesda, and studio-partners from across the globe. We’re promised to see an epic collection of new games, including those that are planned for release this Autumn. The show’s length is set to be 90 minutes. We’ll most likely see games such as Halo: Infinite, Forza Horizon 5. Also, lots of fans want to hear news about Perfect Dark, State of Decay 3, Hellblade 2, and Fable. So far, these games have CGI trailers, so it’s about time to see some gameplay footage! Furthermore, considering that both SEGA and Namco collaborate with Microsoft, there’s a good chance we’ll see games such as Hellblade 2, Lost Judgement, Scarlet Nexus, and Tales of Arise. Most of all, we want to see anything about the Elden Ring. Will the dreams of thousands of gamers come true or will we keep wondering what the next masterpiece from From Software will be about? We’ll know very soon.
Regarding games from Bethesda Studios, everyone wants to know the release date of their brand-new IP – Starfield and maybe at least some details about the 6th installment of the Elder Scrolls series. Of course, we might also hear news about DLCs for Fallout 76 and Elder Scrolls Online. Plus, at the start of the year, the world got a teaser for the Indiana Jones game that’s being developed by MachineGames. Based on all that, the presentation from Microsoft might as well be the biggest event of the entire E3 this year. If you still don’t believe this to be true, then don’t forget about the trailer for the new Battlefield game and, of course, STALKER 2. So far, nobody knows if we’ll see some real gameplay.
As you might have guessed, this show will showcase some games for PC’s. In terms of announcements, we could see anything. For instance, last year, we saw the mega-popular Vallheim and the unexpected announcement of the PC port of Persona 4 Golden.
This one is kind of a twin of the PC Gaming Show since they share the same producer: GamesRadar. However, unlike the previous show, this one will feature console and mobile projects as well. Usually, the announcements on this show are a combination of promising indie games and AAA projects. For instance, last year, we learned about such games as Sherlock Holmes Chapter One, Ghostrunner, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits. We might see the new trailer for Atomic Heart since the developers at Mundfish already made the respective announcement.
Not much is known about this publisher's show. In an interview with the Japanese X-trend, president of Square Enix, Yosuke Matsuda, stated that during E3, the company will announce a number of completely new IPs. Most likely, the company won’t forget to mention their upcoming expansion to Final Fantasy XIV titled Endwalker, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, and Life is Strange: True Colors. Hopefully, SE will be kind enough to share some more details about the darkest chapter in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XVI.
Capcom has finally announced details about their presentation. The show's host will be Rachel Quirico aka Seltzer and we're promised to see news about the following games and franchises:
The most popular gaming insider Jeff Grubb states that during Nintendo’s presentation, we’ll see the sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But don’t celebrate too soon, chances are - this won’t happen. Instead, we might learn something about Metroid 4. Plus, based on several insides and leaks, we might see the announcement of a new console, possibly Switch 2 or Switch Pro, whatever its name will be.
This show is planned as a part of Summer Game Fest and will go live at the end of it, which is kind of strange since EA’s shows have always been a part of E3. Nobody knows what new games will be revealed during EA’s show, but judging by its roster of current and most recent games, we might see more of new Battlefield, Apex Legends, a possible sequel to Jedi Fallen Order, and Dragon Age 4.
Clearly, this 2021’s E3 will be one of the largest in years. It is so joyful to see so many developers of all calibers getting a spotlight and the opportunity to showcase and talk about their passion projects. Summertime is the most fascinating time for gamers all around the world, as we get to see, experience, and discuss all the games that we will be playing in the future. Then comes Autumn – the period of big releases. And with that, we shall conclude our E3 preview. We hope that you're just as hyped up as we are! For more on E3 and the new games, stay right here at