We’re nearing the end of E3 2021, and we’ve already seen a slew of trailers, early gameplay, and new reveals from different developers and publishers. While you may have heard a lot of big announcements like Starfield, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and The Outer Worlds 2, there have been loads of other announcements as well. So with this roundup, we wanted to give you a detailed rundown of the notable games from E3 2021 so far.
Now is Day 3, and Ubisoft, Microsoft and Bethesda, Square-Enix, and Capcom have had their major press conferences. While there have been other notable shows, we wanted to focus on the bigger titles we saw from this year’s E3. That said, we also have a summary of other announcements below. GameSpot’s E3 2021 coverage also includes exclusives for Play For All 2021, so be sure to come back to this page as more games on the show are revealed.
E3 2021: Day 1
This year’s Ubisoft Forward has heavily focused on the recently revealed Rainbow Six extraction, the co-op action-horror spin-off of the popular game Siege. Along with that, we saw a new look at the Watch Dogs Legion Bloodline expansion that brings back Aiden Pearce, a new look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Siege of Paris DLC, and the reveal of the Mario + Rabbids sequel, Sparks of Hope. . The show’s closing was the first glimpse of the upcoming game set in the universe of James Cameron’s Avatar, a massive new Ubisoft game called Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. If you’d like a more in-depth look at each game, check out our Ubisoft Forward 2021 game summary.
E3 2021: Day 2
Xbox + Bethesda 2021 Presentation
Sadly, the Microsoft show got off to a particularly rough start with the ill-fated Starfield leak from Bethesda Game Studios, which appears to be the developer’s next leap forward for the open-world action-RPG genre. That said, the show’s biggest roster offered a wide array of reveals and updates on Microsoft’s game library for Xbox and PC consoles. Along with the first look at Starfield, we also saw the reveal of The Outer Worlds 2, the new gameplay of Forza Horizon 5, the upcoming Sea of ââThieves expansion that features Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and additional images of Halo: Infinite’s multiplayer mode.
The show’s closing was the first glimpse of Redfall, Arkane Austin’s next new IP that stars a group of overpowered vampire hunters. It only scratches the surface of the showcase slate, which also included the first gameplay of STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl. Below, you can find the full breakdown of the Microsoft + Bethesda storefront.
Square-Enix 2021 showcase
The latest Square-Enix showed that Marvel games are still a priority for the publisher, but the Final Fantasy series is still in full swing with new games to come. Kicking off the show was the reveal of Square Enix Montreal’s single-player Guardians of the Galaxy game, which we got our first glimpse of before the show. Along with this, Platinum Games’ Babylon’s Fall also made a comeback with a new take on the game, which is now a live service that allows players to join other players online to clear dungeons and collect loot. The end of the show was the reveal of Final Fantasy Origin: Stranger Of Paradise, a collaboration with Team Ninja and Square-Enix that brings back the classic FF villain Garland. Check out our rundown below to see a full breakdown of the roster of games we saw during the show.
E3 2021: Day 3
The major event on June 14 was Capcom’s showcase. Over the past year, Capcom has released its standalone live streaming events showcasing its roster of games, marking its first dedicated E3 event. The feed began by giving us updates on the latest news for Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil Village, both of which will receive new post-launch content in the future. The majority of the stream focused on updates for the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and the remaster of The Great Ace Attorney, which marks its first release in the West. We’ve also learned that Resident Evil’s multiplayer spin-off RE: Verse will launch in July.
Halo Infinite: multiplayer preview
While Microsoft presented complete new footage for Halo Infinite at its press conference on Day 2, June 13 also saw a new video focusing on free multiplayer. This preview featured testimonials from developers focusing on what was to come with the next game from 343 Industries. While the full Halo Infinite experience will be a standard version, the multiplayer mode will be a free download for all players on Xbox and PC, which is a first for the series. Additionally, we got to see more detail about customizing and unlocking Spartan, weapons and vehicles in the video. This video also revealed details of the new Battle Pass, which will be a one-time purchase for active players, although players who wish to purchase old content from expired passes will need to spend extra to register.
Other notable announcements
In addition to the other important showcases, we also saw various games from various streams such as the Koch Media Showcase, the PC Gamer Show, the Wholesome Direct, and the always weird Devolver Digital Showcase. Here’s a quick rundown of the most notable games from other E3 2021 conferences.
Back 4 Blood
From Turtle Rock Studios, the original developers of Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is essentially the spiritual successor to the cooperative zombie survival shooter. It seems to inspire those familiar feelings of dread as you walk through hallways filled with undead while fleeing giant mutant monsters. Back 4 Blood is slated for release in October, which means you’ll be able to experience the closest thing to Left 4 Dead 3 sooner than you think.
Diablo 2: resurrected
The highly anticipated Diablo II remaster is slated for release in September, and before it launches you can upgrade to the game’s next beta in August. After the Microsoft storefront reveal, Geoff Keighley had a lengthy interview with Diablo franchise leader Rod Ferguson where he spoke more about the upcoming game. The remaster also marks the first time Diablo II will play on consoles, as the original has remained a PC exclusive.
Doki Literature Club Doki Plus
The original Doki Doki Literature Club was a game to catch you off guard for those who don’t know. On the surface, it looks like an average visual novel game. But it turned out to be a deeply unsettling psychological horror game that turned the game’s cutesy image upside down to feature horrific moments that shatter the fourth wall. It was a surprise success, and now the developers are revisiting with an improved re-release on PC and consoles.
While Elden Ring was revealed shortly before the start of E3 2021, it’s hard to deny that we still don’t feel the rush of the recent trailer shown at the Summer Games Fest event. It was a stunning trailer that gave us a detailed look at the game’s expansive world and its smooth combat mechanics. We also learned that the game will be released on January 22, 2022.
Trek to Yomi
One of the most surprising revelations from the Devolver Digital showcase was Trek To Yomi, a 2.5D action game that takes over classic samurai action movies. It’s made by Flying Wild Hog, the developers of Shadow Warrior 3, and it appears to be visually stunning that features smooth action and platforming.
Check back to GameSpot as more E3 2021 updates arrive. We’ll be adding more games and recaps for subsequent shows as they happen, including what’s new from Nintendo in 2021.