E3 2021: All the game announcements that matter

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The world’s biggest gaming show is now over. But, while the digital-only show has closed its, er, digital doors you can still find out about the biggest announcements below.

We pick our own personal highlights for you to slaver over.

What was announced at E3 2021?

We had plenty of keynote addresses and showcases, with most of the biggest companies hosting events. Here are the main highlights from E3 2021.

Xbox & Bethesda

After its acquisition earlier this year, Xbox added Bethesda to its annual game showcase event.

Their combined forces resulted in 30 games, plus an extra added bonus in the shape of Xbox-exclusive Redfall (from Dishonored developer Arkane). Other highlights included Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X/S, Halo: Infinite (which will have free-to-play multiplayer) and the first teaser trailer of Starfield.

Perhaps the funniest trailer of the show so far belongs to Obsidian and The Outer Worlds 2, while the gameplay footage of Battlefield 2042 that debuted simply makes us want the game even more.

Oh, and let’s not forget the Xbox Mini Fridge… ahem.

You can see everything that was announced during the showcase here: Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 games showcase: What was announced?.

Ubisoft

Ubsoft held its event on the Saturday of the show, with some updates on a number of key titles.

As well as major expansions for Watch Dogs: Legion, The Crew 2, Trackmania, Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, we saw more on Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Extraction (formerly called Quarantine).

Riders Republic and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope were announced, but perhaps the biggest new game to be unveiled was Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – based on the James Cameron movie(s).

You can see everything that was announced here: Ubisoft Forward E3 2021: All the announcements that matter.

Square Enix

Square Enix held its summer showcase event on the Sunday, with the biggest announcement ubdoubtedly being a new game from its partnership with Marvel Comics, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Even more surprising is that it is scheduled for release on 26 October this year.

The publisher also debuted a different kind of Final Fantasy game, Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin. It’s an action game from the maker of Nioh, Team Ninja.

Babylon’s Fall, Life is Strange: True Colors, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows, Legend of Mana, and Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster round up the forthcoming game highlights. While, Marvel’s Avengers will get Black Panther add-on, War for Wakanda, this August.

You can check out everything that was announced here: Square Enix E3 2021 Summer Showcase: All the announcements.

Nintendo

Nintendo effectively closed the show with its Direct presentation, with a new teaser trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 being the biggest highlight.

Also unveiled during the event was Metroid Dread, the long-awaited new Metroid game for Switch, mini-games a-go-go in Mario Party Superstars, WarioWare: Get Together! and Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, plus a rebuilt pairing of DS classics Advance Wars in Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.

Other highlights included Strange Brigade for Switch – which is available now – and the Life is Strange games. However, the only hardware to feature was a special Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda edition, which will be available from 12 November.

You can see everything of note announced during the Direct presentation here: Nintendo Direct E3 2021: All the announcements and how to watch it again.

The best of the rest

Sega’s Two-Point Campus looks interesting, with the new game from Two-Point Hospital’s developer focusing on schools this time around.

We’re also very much looking forward to FromSoftware’s Elden Ring – you can see why here: Everything you need to know about Elden Ring: New trailer, release date, and story.

The launch of Koch Media’s new label, Prime Matter, was interesting too – although we haven’t seen any gameplay of Payday 3 yet. Perhaps next year…

There were plenty of other announcements too, so make sure you check out all our games coverage, from E3, Summer Game Fest and the forthcoming EA Play event via the Pocket-lint games hub.

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