All the big updates and announcements from the E3 2021 showcases: Microsoft/Bethesda, Ubisoft, Nintendo and more

It’s finally here. E3 2021 is upon us and after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the show last year, it’s been a while since we’ve been able to celebrate gaming at the biggest showcase of the year.

This year’s show features four days of announcements, updates, new trailers, DLC surprises and more. We’ll be following along and keeping track of all the big announcements from each of the big companies that will present.

Our list below will feature links to trailers and clips from presentations, when available. Be sure to check back often as we’ll be keeping our recap updated throughout the next few days.

E3 2021 runs from June 12 through June 15. It’s important to note that Sony and the PlayStation brand has said it will sit out E3 once again this year.

Sony first began skipping E3 back in 2019 and won’t have a presence at this year’s show either. That’s likely disappointing for PlayStation fans, but Sony will certainly make some big announcements in the weeks and months to come, whether it be through State of Play livestreams or via another method.

In addition to Sony, EA is also sitting out E3. The company is not even doing its own event during E3 week like it has in the past several years. Instead, this year will feature an EA showcase on July 22. You can learn more about that and watch it here.

This year’s E3 show is also a bit different in that Microsoft and Bethesda will present together for the first time.

Microsoft purchased Bethesda last year, so it’ll be interesting to see how their co-branded show comes together and what it could mean for PC, PlayStation and Nintendo in terms of exclusive games.

You can watch the show here. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy E3 2021!

Ubisoft Forward

  • Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodlines (new DLC campaign coming in July, starring Aiden Pearce)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction – new trailer shown – coming Sept. 16, 2021
  • Rocksmith+ – trailer shown, beta coming – available “this year”
  • Riders Republic – new trailer, gameplay shown – coming Sept. 2, 2021
  • Rainbow Six Siege updates
  • Live games updates sizzle reel shown – Trackmania, Brawlhalla (TMNT!), The Crew 2, Watch Dogs
  • Ghost Recon 20th anniversary – updates to come
  • Just Dance 2022 – trailer shown – coming Nov. 4, 2021 to all platforms
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – updates and footage of upcoming expansions – for the first time, Ubisoft will support an AC game “well into the second year”
  • Far Cry 6 – New trailer shown – Gold Edition Season Pass comes with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – trailer shown – coming 2022 to Nintendo Switch
  • Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – trailer shown – coming 2022
  • Watch a replay here.


  • Godfall – coming to PS4, Fire and Darkness DLC announced
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
  • Tribes of Midgard updates – coming July 27, 2021
  • Homeworld 3 – announced
  • Watch a replay here.


Note: 27 of the 30 games shown are said to be coming to Xbox Game Pass

  • Starfield – new Xbox exclusive IP from Bethesda announced, Nov. 11, 2022
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 – coming first to Xbox Series consoles and PC on April 28, 2022
  • Back 4 Blood – new footage shown – Oct. 12, 2021
  • Contraband – announcement trailer shown for a new co-op open world game from Avalanche
  • Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life – Jack Sparrow is coming to the game in a partnership with Disney, story expansion coming free to the game on June 22, 2021
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon – new trailer shown, available today on Game Pass
  • Battlefield 2042 – trailer shown, Oct. 22, 2022
  • Twelve Minutes – new trailer shown, coming Aug. 19, 2021
  • Psychonauts 2 – available Aug. 25, 2021
  • Ten more classic Bethesda/Id games coming to Xbox Game Pass, including Doom Eternal with Series console enhancements
  • Fallout 76 – updates, new footage shown – Steel ReignExpeditions: The Pitt
  • The Elder Scrolls Online – updates, footage shown
  • Party Animals – coming 2022
  • Hades – trailer shown, coming Aug. 13, 2021
  • Somerville – trailer shown, coming 2022
  • Halo: Infinite – multiplayer will be free-to-play on Xbox and PC, new single player campaign and multiplayer trailers shown, coming holiday 2021 to coincide with the 20 year anniversary of Xbox
  • Diablo II Resurrected – trailer shown, coming Sept. 23, 2021
  • A Plague Tale Requiem – trailer shown, coming 2022
  • Far Cry 6 – Xbox gameplay shown
  • Slime Rancher 2 – announce trailer shown, coming 2022
  • Shredders – new snowboarding game revealed, coming Dec. 2021
  • Atomic Heart – announce trailer shown
  • Replaced – announce trailer shown, coming 2022
  • Grounded – Shroom & Doom update, coming June 30 – Adds sitting. Seriously. Watch the trailer.
  • Among Us – 15 player lobbies on June 15, coming soon to Xbox
  • Eiyuden Chronicle – trailer shown – Rising coming 2022; Hundred Heroes coming 2023
  • The Ascent – trailer shown, coming July 29, 2021
  • Age of Empire IV – trailer shown, coming Oct. 28, 2021
  • The Outer Worlds 2 – trailer shown. This trailer is absolutely hilarious. Give it a watch.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator – trailer shown, coming July 27, 2021 to Xbox; Top Gun expansion coming free in fall 2021
  • Forza Horizon 5 – trailer shown and gameplay/feature demo shown with ultra-realistic graphics, coming Nov. 9, 2021, takes place in Mexico
  • Redfall – New Xbox exclusive IP from Arkane at Bethesda, an open-world co-op or signle player shooter, coming summer 2022
  • Recap sizzle reel
  • Xbox mini fridge – it’s real.
  • Game Pass Announcements
  • Watch a replay here.

Square Enix


  • Resident Evil Village – RE:Verse, the multiplayer Resident Evil game, is going live next month; Village DLC is in development
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin – trailer shown
  • Monster Hunter Rise – updates, footage shown
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – prequel trailer and gameplay footage shown
  • Capcom Fighters
  • Watch a replay here.


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