E3 2021 Recap – Literally Everything You Need to Know

The E3 2021 was an all-online event that lasted from June 12 to June 15 2021 and brought some stellar information for all gamers out there.

Let’s take a look at the biggest games, expansion packs, and updates we witnessed:

Day One

After two years of waiting, E3 finally kicked off on Saturday. The event was virtual, as it was announced a few months prior. It wasn’t a glorious start since the E3 app didn’t work when the show began. Even once the people behind it fixed it, it didn’t look like many fans were using it. Instead, everyone was watching the live show and leaving comments in the chat box.

Ubisoft was, without doubt, the star of day one – it revealed tons of useful information about its upcoming releases. Gearbox also had its own showcase with Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands making the most (virtual) noise.

Besides new games, expansions, and updates, we got exclusive movie insights. Werewolves Within and Free Guy trailers were played, and we got footage from The Borderlands set featuring Eli Roth.

Here are the highlights:

Rainbow Six Extraction

Ubisoft opened the E3 2021 event. The publisher first revealed Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction (originally Rainbow Six Quarantine, then Rainbow Six Parasite) finally got its trailer.

The game is set in the same universe as the previous releases, and it features some familiar faces. One of the Rainbow Six Siege operators – Habana, has gone missing in action. The player goes on a rescue mission. If you plan to survive, you’ll have to make some huge decisions and rely heavily on tactics. Oh, and get a good mouse!

 

Release date: September 16, 2021

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

Riders Republic

The next game we got a chance to see more from was Ubisoft’s Riders Republic. After a delay earlier this year, the company finally announced it will be released in September.

E3 2021 also included a new deep-dive trailer that showed how the gameplay will look. Whether you’re snowboarding around parks or mountain gliding using a rocket-powered jetpack, the game seems like a lot of fun.

Release date: September 2, 2021

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

Far Cry 6

When Ubisoft first announced Far Cry 6 a year ago, we learned that Giancarlo Esposito will be playing the new villain. The game series has a rich legacy of bad guys and we couldn’t wait to see more from Esposito’s character – Antón Castillo.

Ubisoft released a brand new Antón cinematic trailer, and it looks amazing. The villain chews the scene with charisma and demonstrates his brutality. We also get to see what looks like to be the turning point for the protagonist (Dani) to join the resistance and overthrow this Yaran tyrant.

Ubisoft also included a trailer for the Far Cry 6 Season Pass. In the video, we got to see some of the bad guys from the previous versions. More precisely – Vaas Montenegro (Far Cry 3), Pagan Min (Far Cry 4), and Joseph Seed (Far Cry 5). You get to play three episodes that uncover more about their backstories.

Release date: October 7, 2021

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

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Nintendo Switch, in collaboration with Ubisoft, has been working on the Mario + Rabbids sequel. The new game is called Mario + Rabids: Sparks of Hope and its trailer premiered on Saturday.

We got to see Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and the rest of the crew undertake a galactic journey. The trailer also highlights the “freedom of movement and strategic turn-based decision-making” players will have at their disposal. You’ll get to build your own three-heroes “dream team” from the nine-character roster.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: Nintendo Switch

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Using #feature in the chat, fans were able to vote for the favorite Ubisoft announcement of the day. The award went to Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

One year after announcing the game, Ubisoft finally provided the official trailer. This first-person open-world action-adventure is set in the Western Frontier, a part of the exoplanetary moon we’ve never seen before. The game is being built with its own Snowdrop engine in an internal Massive studio. It takes a different approach than The Division as it focuses on “world and discovery and nature”. Now’s the time to invest in a good gaming chair, as you’re surely going to be glued to it, exploring this new setup. 

James Cameron’s world isn’t the only one Ubisoft is exploring. The company recently announced that it’s working on an open-world Star Wars game, also being made by Massive.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified

Available on: PS5, PC, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, Amazon Luna

Homeworld 3

Gearbox wrapped up day one of the E3 2021 event. It kicked off by unveiling some information about the upcoming Homeworld 3. This sequel has been in the making for many years and is about to be released soon. The original games came out in 1999 and 2002, and the remastered collection became available in 2015.

Unfortunately, the official trailer wasn’t released at the event. So far, all we have is the announced trailer that Gearbox made available back in 2019.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

Available on: PC

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep was the fourth campaign DLC of the popular Borderlands 2. Now Tina is getting her own game. We’re talking about a fantasy looter shooter that joins everything we love in the franchise with some new unique mechanics.

One of the new things is that you’ll get to build your own character, rather than choose between predetermined ones. The game will support drop-in/drop-out co-op in a team with up to three other players.

From what we’ve seen so far, the game pays homage to the Borderlands series. But as the developer says, people who’ve never engaged in the flagship franchise from Gearbox will have plenty to love about it as well.

Release date: 2022 (exact date not specified)

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

Tribes of Midgard

We already knew a lot about Gearbox’s Tribes of Midgard before E3. Now, the developer has shared more info as the release date is getting closer.

If you were looking to try something new, you’ll love Tribes of Midgard. It’s a 10-player co-op RPG based on Norse mythology. Your job is to gather resources and protect the seed of Yggdrasil, the World Tree.

Release date: July 27, 2021

Available on: PS4, PS5, PC

Godfall Fire and Darkness

Godfall is by no means a new game. It hit the shelves last year and it got some nice reviews.

Still, Gearbox had some major news about it. The game will be made available on PlayStation as well and it’ll come alongside an expansion – Godfall Fire and Darkness. The trailer sees you entering the fire realm and trying to save it.

In case you don’t pick up the expansion, you can still download the Lighbringer one for free. It includes some interesting features like cursed loot and a new endgame challenge.

Release date: August 10, 2021

Available on: PS5

Go to Day Two

Wrap Up

If we put the technical problem in the beginning aside, the first day of E3 2021 was pretty promising. While there weren’t many announcements, publishers gave us some real blockbusters. Ubisoft certainly stole the show with a variety of games.

But the atmosphere of the actual in-person event was definitely missed. E3 2022 is supposed to be in the traditional format we’ve all come to love, so here’s to that.

 

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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