After its 2020 cancellation, the E3 gaming convention is back. Only this year, it’s online. Check out this guide for the E3 2021 schedule and news!
What is E3 2021?
The name E3 comes from the idea of three Es, coming from its longer name: Electronic Entertainment Expo. Yeah, not quite as cool, hence E3.
It’s a convention that brings new electronic entertainment to the fore. Which basically means it’s a badass gaming con.
In 2021, expect major and smaller games companies to showcase new releases in the software and hardware spheres.
E3 2021: What to expect
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The pandemic is calming down. But, it’s a bit like that last party guest who just won’t leave. And, because of that, we get an E3 gaming convention this year… but it’s going to be an online event.
That means you get all of the cool news and exciting releases that you’d expect from E3, but you get to stay all comfy and stuff in your favourite chair at home, and you won’t have to sell your bicycle to pay for snacks. So, that’s pretty cool, actually.
It’ll still be held in its usual spot; the Los Angeles Convention Centre. But, this time, you don’t have to worry about flights and accommodation. Just jump online!
The event will be hosted by three big players in the gaming scene. First up is Alex Mendez, the esports commentator who you might have seen calling The Titan Games. Next up is Jacki Jing, the noted TV journalist (yeah, ‘noted’ in that she’s been nominated for an Emmy). And, last but not least, we have Greg Miller of Kinda Funny fame.
These hosts will be there to bring you some cool commentary on the convention, interview some of the exhibitors, and keep the show running smoothly.
E3 2021 Dates and Ticket Prices
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This year’s E3 will take place from 12 June to 15 June 2021.
It will stream live four all four days, giving guests access to live press conferences, announcements, and more.
If you can’t stay at home in front of the computer or TV for all four days, that’s no problem. You can simply follow updates on the dedicated E3 app.
As for the ticket prices, there’s been a lot of speculation. But, we can confirm that the entirety of the event will be free to watch.
E3 2021 Schedule: Major Press Conferences
There’s a lot going down at E3 this year. But, here are some of the biggies that you don’t want to miss.
Ubisoft Forward – 12 June, 8 PM BST
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Ubisoft Forward was the name given to last-year’s digital showcase after E3 was cancelled. And, the company are sticking with it this year. Because, well, it’s still digital.
What can we expect to see in the showcase? We’re hoping for the VR Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry 6, and Splinter Cell. Plus, there’s been talk of the anticipated Beyond Good and Evil 2, which would be great to see.
Microsoft Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase - 13 June, 6 PM BST
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Microsoft are giving us a combined showcase that will be packed full of everything we need to know about upcoming Xbox and Bethesda releases, which will include Xbox Game Pass releases.
We don’t know much, but we expect that Halo and Starfield will take centre stage in the showcase.
Warner Bros. – 13 June, TBC
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We don’t yet have a start time for the Warner Bros. showcase, but it’s one that we don’t mind looking out for. That’s because they’re expected to bring some exciting content to the table.
We’re hoping for lots of updates and gameplay from Back 4 Blood, Hogwarts Legacy, and cool games from the Batman and DC universe like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights, Injustice 3.
Square Enix – 13 June, 8.15 PM BST
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The Square Enix conference will showcase the publisher’s upcoming releases plus updates to existing titles, like Marvel’s Avengers. We’ll also expect to see info on Life is Strange and Babylon’s Fall. Plus, Eidos Montreal are delivering a world premiere.
Capcom – 14 June, TBC
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The exact time of Capcom’s showcase is still to be confirmed, but we know it’s on the 14th of June. We’re also not sure about what the gaming giant will be showcasing, but wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some Resident Evil Village DLC in there, not to mention some info on the upcoming Resident Evil 4 remake.
We’re also hoping for a little more on the highly anticipated Pragmata, following its announcement in 2020.
Take-Two Interactive – 14 June, TBC
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The internet has been alive with rumours that Take-Two Interactive will use E3 to finally reveal GTA6. While this would be awesome, we’re not going to hold our breath. Rockstar Games have gently hinted (through some jokey gifs on Twitter) that they won’t be making any such announcement.
More likely is that we’ll get info on a next-gen version of GTA5 or GTA Online.
Nintendo – 15 June, 5 PM BST
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Expect Nintendo Switch games to dominate Nintendo’s showcase. Nintendo has confirmed that the 40 minutes of its showcase will largely announce 2021 Switch releases. But, after that, you can hit Treehouse Live for around 3 hours of gameplay and commentary on select games.
Get Ready for E3 2021
Will you be attending E3 this year? Why are we even asking, right?!
Make sure you have a comfy spot to watch from with our gaming chairs, desks, and beds. And, make sure you have the right gaming accessories for all the gaming you’re going to do following those announcements!
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