One of the biggest events of the gaming calendar has just passed and we’ve got a round-up of all the reveals and exciting news from E3 2021 (held virtually for the second year running).
First up, some massive news from the world of games based on film properties as Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora game has been announced. The game comes from Ubisoft and Division developer Massive Entertainment and puts you in the shoes (Do Na’vi wear shoes..?) of a Na’vi exploring a new section of the plant last seen in the Avatar film.
It’s due for launch in 2022 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, and if the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be one of the most visually vibrant games ever released. Check out the trailer here:
(P.S, Ubisoft also dropped a hint about an open-world Star Wars game in development. More on that to come in the future, I’m sure).
Onwards to other film property (/comic book) games. After the rocky launch for Square Enix’s Avengers game last year, all eyes will be on them and Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal when the newly announced Guardians of the Galaxy game drops.
They seem to be following the recent film franchise by building in the banter and catchy 80s and 70s soundtrack, and have also promised a completely single-player experience with no microtransactions. All being well, this will be one to watch for Marvel fans when it releases for PC, PS5/4 and Xbox Series X/S & Xbox One on October 26th this year.
Here’s the trailer!
Just a note going forward, if you’re a Playstation fan, you’re going to be waiting for the next State of Play for more information about the upcoming Playstation exclusives. They’ve not been at E3 for three years now, instead preferring to drop their new, exclusive game announcements in their State of Play updates.
Alongside the cross platform releases listed above, we also finally got a release date for Far Cry 6 after it was delayed for 8 months back in May. Now launching on October 7th 2021 for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Google Stadia.
This year’s E3 has been big for Xbox users, as we finally saw the fruits of Microsoft’s acquisition of famed Fallout and The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda Studios back in March.
The big one is Starfield, first announced by Bethesda in 2018, and now confirmed for release on November 11th 2022 exclusive to Xbox Series X/S and PC. There’s still not a lot of info about what the game actually involves, but has been described as ‘a next-generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom.’ So far, it’s sounding a little like No Man’s Sky, but hopefully won’t face the same issues at launch. Either way, more is sure to be revealed soon. We’ve got the launch (literally) trailer here:
Also revealed by Xbox is Redfall, a co-op, Left 4 Dead like shooter but with vampires, not zombies. Developed by Dishonored developer Arkane Studios, it will again launch as an Xbox and PC exclusive. It’s also coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one when it drops in 2022. Trailer available here:
These come alongside Forza Horizon 5, our first look at a fully-fledged next-gen racer, coming November 9th 2021, The Outer Worlds 2, another look at the next series in the Halo series, Halo Infinite (due in Holiday 2021), Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to Xbox consoles for the first time (Series X/S only) and a new snowboarding IP called Shredders, something long requested by fans of SSX, 1080 Snowboarding and Tony Hawk.
E3 drew to a close with the latest Nintendo Direct and boy, did they go in big. We got a trailer for Metroid Dread, the first 2D Metroid game in 19 years and a sequel to Metroid Fusion, a Gameboy Advance game from 2002.
Alongside that we saw a Life is Strange remaster for Switch (leading up to the launch of a Life is Strange sequel called True Colours on September 10th), the new Mario Party: Superstars (October 29th) and WarioWare (September 10th) and a Super Monkey Ball remaster of the first three games in the series (October 5th).
Nintendo ended their showing right with a trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild 2 (the actual name of the game is to be announced), due in 2022.
The game appears to introduce flight mechanics including sky-diving, but not much else was revealed at this moment.
Even without Sony’s presence, E3 has suddenly packed out the next couple of years in gaming with some huge sequels and exciting new IPs. And the list above is just the start of what was revealed. The games industry has never stagnated and clearly it doesn’t intend on slowing down now. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on all these amazing new experiences.
The future is bright, especially for gamers.