E3 2021 Recap – Literally Everything You Need to Know (Day Two)

Day two is when things started heating up. We got information on a plethora of new games, expansions, and updates. Most of it came from big names including Microsoft and Bethesda who played an exciting 90-minute show.

We even got a flight simulator trailer for Top Gun: Maverick movie.

Day two also confirmed memes can become reality as an actual Xbox mini fridge was unveiled.

Before the show ended, we saw more games from indie developers, increasing the number of new releases we just learned about.

There were so many announcements that it would be impossible to talk about all of them in a single post. That’s why we singled out the most relevant:

Starfield

Day two of E3 2021 kicked off with Bethesda’s Starfield. The first trailer for this big open-world sci-fi game showed a futuristic astronaut embarking on a space adventure.

Game director Todd Howard said that the game follows the “last group of space explorers”. He called it an open-world action RPG that lets you “be who you want, go where you want, experience our stories and forge your own”. Sounds like the perfect reason to upgrade your monitor.

The game was originally announced in 2018.

Release date: November 11, 2022

Available on: PC, Xbox Series X/S

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

The most recent game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series arrived in 2009. Since then, GSC was dissolved and returned. Now, the team behind it is bringing this classic back as they presented S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl at the event.

The trailer reacquainted players with the Zone. It’s the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in an alternate history that followed the disaster we’re all familiar with.

Release date: April 28, 2022

Available on: PC, Xbox Series X/S

Back 4 Blood

Next, we got to see the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead – Back 4 Blood.

The gameplay shown at the event without doubt reminds us of the good times we’ve had killing zombies in this 4-player co-op.

Turtle Rock announced that Back 4 Blood will introduce some new concepts. For example, you get to play in a player-versus-player zombie mode. In it, a team plays as survivors against an AI-controlled horde with a twist – some zombies are controlled by players.

Release date: October 12, 2021

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, 

Contraband


Avalanche Games and Xbox Studios teamed up to come up with an entirely new open-world heist game – Contraband. Details are still somewhat scarce but the trailer showed some 70s tech scattered around the table and the plan for the “Sun River Job”.

Release date: Not specified

Available on: PC, Xbox Series X/S

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life

E3 also gave us a look at the most anticipated crossover in the gaming/movie world. Sea of Thieves will collide with Pirates of the Caribbean in the new free expansion.

This means we’ll finally get to see Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, and the rest of the crew join the popular game. It looks like the expansion will bring a whole world for players to explore.

Release date: June 22, 2021

Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Battlefield 2042

There’s no doubt Battlefield 2042 is one of the most anticipated games at the moment. 

At the E3 we saw a 3-minute gameplay trailer that swept the online audience off its feet. It featured everything from new futuristic weapons to sandstorms and tornadoes.

With the player count doubling, Battlefield 2042 really looks like the next evolution of the game. It certainly calls for new gaming gear or at least a good keyboard.

Release date: October 22, 2021

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Fallout 76: Steel Reign


Next, the event showcased new content coming to Fallout 76. The chapter that will be made available will deal with the Brotherhood of Steel factions. The groundwork for this civil war has already been laid out in the Steel Dawn update.

Besides the trailer for the new content, we also saw a new Fallout 3 DLC location. The Pitt teaser introduces you to the new Expeditions system that’ll arrive in a 2022 update.

Release date: July 7, 2021

Available on: PS4, PC, Xbox One

Party Animals

We also got a glimpse of Party Animals. This physics-based multiplayer game lets you suit up as your favorite animal and compete with your friends on a number of maps.

This is the very first game coming from Shanghai’s Recreate Games. We have no clue what to expect from it but it looks great so far.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Somerville

Microsoft let us take a peek at the new mysterious apocalyptic game – Somerville. It’s being developed by indie studio Jumphip and it resembles the atmosphere from Limbo and Inside.

The trailer didn’t reveal much, it rather set a tone for the adventure. We saw giant objects falling from the sky and the main character fleeing with his family.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Halo Infinite and Halo Infinite Multiplayer

One of the most anticipated moments of this year’s E3 was the release of the new Halo Infinite trailer.

It showed Master Chief, as Microsoft said, undertaking one of the biggest challenges so far. He’s flying through space, passing by many destroyed ships. There, he meets a new AI – the Weapon. She’s tasked with helping stop the previous AI – Cortana, who went rogue in Halo 5.

Although the story from the previous installment continues, Microsoft says the new game is “welcoming for new players”.

The company showed trailers for Halo Infinite and Halo Infinite Multiplayer almost back-to-back.

And as you might’ve expected, the new multiplayer mode was the main attraction for the players. It gave us a sneak peek at some of the new toys to use like the grappling hook.

Release date: Holiday 2021 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Diablo II: Resurrected


We’ve been waiting for the remastered version of this classic for a while. While both the official trailer and gameplay trailer were released earlier, Diablo II: Resurrected still appeared at E3.

We still got a Street Date trailer as Blizzard announced when exactly the game will hit the shelves this year.

Release date: September 23, 2021

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Innocence was a hidden gem in 2019. Now, the game is getting a sequel.

In the trailer, we saw A Plague Tale: Requiem picking up the adventures of Amicitia and Hugo once again. The video didn’t reveal much, except a tidal wave of rats running towards you. Also, it was purely cinematic, meaning that we still don’t know how the game will look.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Slime Rancher 2

After a successful first game, Slime Rancher returns. And at the E3 event, we got the official trailer of the next part. 

Slime Rancher 2 takes place in the ocean, and judging from the footage, the world looks vibrant and playful. You, once again, take the role of Beatrix LeBeau and collect slimes inspired by various animals from the real world. Then, you get to breed and raise them.

Release Date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC, Xbox Series X/S

Shredders

Shredders is a brand new snowboarding game that we got a chance to see at this year’s E3. Players can head to snowy mountaintops and do all sorts of crazy tricks.

It looks like there are power-ups floating in the air, which means there might be some kind of scoring system embedded in the game. The trailer starts with a person recording snowboarding tricks,  suggesting that there might be a social media feature as well.

Release date: December 2021 (exact date not specified)

Available on: Xbox Series X/S

Atomic Heart


We’ve already seen some Atomic Heart footage but a new trailer saw the light of the day at E3. While it does look amazing, the video doesn’t offer a lot of background information.

For now, we know that the game is set in the 1955 Soviet Union. The trailer features all sorts of wacky robots and some awesome Russian music. A good headset is a must if you want to fully enjoy the soundtrack.

Release date: Not specified

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S,

Replaced

The trailer page calls Replaced a “sci-fi, retro-futuristic action platformer”. We know that the game takes you to a futuristic city in an alternate version of the 80s.

You control an AI allied  R.E.A.C.H. that somehow ends up in a human body. Combat clips we saw include both hand-to-hand fighting and guns.

Release Date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes


Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes raised $4.5 million from its Kickstarter campaign back in 2020. This made it the third-most successful video game campaign on the platform. At E3, we got an official trailer for it. We got a glimpse at both the characters and combat sequence.

But this wasn’t all. Based on what we got a chance to see, it looks like two games are coming to the series in the next couple of years.

Release date: 2023 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox  Series X/S

The Ascent

The Ascent trailer became public not too long ago. Now the game has a release date as well.

The game combines cyberpunk atmosphere and Diablo-like mechanics. There’s no doubt many fans of the genre cannot wait for it to arrive.

Release date: July 29, 2021

Available on: PC,  Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Age of Empires IV

If you’re a fan of strategy games, you have to love the Age of Empires franchise. Ever since the remastered version of the second installment arrived, there’s been much hype about the series continuing.

Age of Empires IV was announced a few years ago, and the official trailer is online. At E3, we saw a gameplay trailer that left everyone speechless.

A variety of units showed up in the trailer. From war elephants to Genoese crossbowmen, all your favorite stuff from the series is right there.

Release date: October 28, 2021

Available on: PC

The Outer Worlds 2

Microsoft also announced The Outer Worlds 2 on day two of E3 2021. For now, we can’t tell you much about the game. The only thing the team has at the moment is the title.

The short video that ran at E3 featured a silhouette of a hero and a scary glowing monster.

Release date: Not specified

Available on: PC, Xbox Series X/S

Forza Horizon 5

If you want miles of racing action, here’s a game for you – Forza Horizon 5. From the Sonoran desert to the Yucatan peninsula, the game takes you to Mexico to explore some cool single-player and multiplayer mods.

According to the developer, the action will take place in the largest world the franchise has seen so far.

Release date: November 9, 2021

Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Redfall

This list was missing more vampire games. Being an entirely new name, Redfall definitely drew some attention at E3.

It looks like it’s somewhere between single-player and multiplayer. It’s an open-world co-op shooter set in a city overrun by bloodsucking creatures. You get to choose from a list of diverse characters and try to free the town of Redfall from its new occupants.

Release date: Summer 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC, Xbox Series X/S

Guardians of the Galaxy


Square Enix announced the new Guardians of the Galaxy game. It draws lore from both the movie and comics but it’s NOT a movie adaptation. In fact, the gang takes an entirely new form, meaning that Chriss Pratt, Dave Bautista, and the rest of the crew aren’t there.

The graphics are more comic-inspired and the story is a tale you won’t know the end to, no matter how much of a Guardians of the Galaxy fan you are.

Although you only control Peter Quill a.k.s. Starlord, the game is built around team dynamics. As the team leader, you’ll be making all the tough decisions and calling shots in combat. Just bear in mind that fellow guardians aren’t always that keen on taking orders.

Release date: October 26, 2021

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows

It was high time we unveiled a good mobile game. Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is a spinoff to the popular franchise.

It has a multiplayer mode in which you can compete against others and earn high scores for creative kills. The game will be free to play which is a change from the current Hitman: Sniper.

Release date: 2021 (exact date not specified)

Available on: Android

Babylon’s Fall

Three years after the game was initially announced, Square Enix provided a lot more details at E3 than ever before. There was a new trailer and the developer said that it will be a live-service game.

The game will be available in a single-player mode but you’ll have an option to team up with your friends when visiting dungeons. It’s still not quite clear how the co-op mode will work though.

The emphasis is on hack-and-slash combat and the setting is the one of Neo Babylon.

Release date: Not specified

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC

Life is Strange: True Colors

Life is Strange series gets a sequel that explores Alex Chen’s supernatural powers. Whether they’re a gift or a curse, you’ll get to find out as you step into Haven Springs, Colorado, where Alex tries to reunite with her brother. That is before a tragedy strikes.

The trailer gave us some extra information on how the mechanics will work. The series is also getting remastered and released in one package.

Release date: September 10, 2021

Available on: PS 4, PS 5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Stadia

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Another game Square Enix announced on day two of E3 was a Final Fantasy spinoff. Stranger of Paradise appears to bring all the action you could imagine. In the trailer, we saw a trio of Warriors of  Light fighting all sorts of enemies. Eventually, they face the evil knight Garland we’re all familiar with.

The best part – a trial version of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is already available on the PlayStation store.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Red Solstice 2

In this game, you control a squad of soldiers who are sent to Mars to fight mutants. The units have different load-outs of weapons, abilities, techs, and upgrades you can choose from. 

The co-op mode is a big draw as some options look amazing.

Release date: June 17, 2021

Available on: PC

Lakeburg Legacies

 

One of the best things about the indie games scene is that you get some amazing blends of genres. Lakeburge Legacies gives you a chance to run an entire kingdom and manage your people in the Sims-like style.

You make your townsfolk hook up according to their personalities and attributes to build unshakable lines. Plus, you deal with random events that take place in your kingdom.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC

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Wrap Up

Day two sure was something. We saw numerous reveals and we can’t quite decide which is more exciting. From the remastered Diablo, to Guardians of the Galaxy, the public definitely has a lot of things to look forward to.

ABOUT AUTHOR

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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