Here's what we know about the E3 2021 schedule, including a confirmed date for Nintendo.
E3 2021 will not look like previous E3 events, as large gatherings are still not very common for industry events in the United States. Rather than hosting a large in-person event, as we have seen every two years except 2020, ESA has chosen to host a digital show with a range of development and publishing partners. This will give everyone the chance to view trailers and advertisements online, while also giving companies the freedom to run events their own way.
It can be very difficult to keep up, especially if you're used to the tighter schedule of traditional E3 events. However, game companies have started announcing when they will be holding their own events, and we've organized them to make it as easy as possible to plan your custom E3 viewing party. You can see a bulleted overview below and a more detailed list of events further down the page.
- Wholesome Direct: June 12 at 14pm
- Ubisoft Forward: June 12 at 08 am
- Return Digital: June 12 at 05:30 am
- Gearbox software: June 12 at 18pm
- UploadVR Showcase: June 12 at 19pm
- Xbox e Bethesda: June 13 at 14pm
- PC Gaming Show: June 13 at 15pm
- Square Enix: June 13 at 16:15 am
- Take-Two Interactive: June 14 at 14:15 am
- Capcom: June 14 at 18:30 am
- Verizon: June 14 at 19pm
- Nintendo: June 15 at 13pm
- Bandai Namco: June 15 at 14:25 am
- EA Play: July 22, time to be determined
When is the E3 2021?
E3 2021 will take place June 12-15, and participating publishers will be holding their own events within that time.
However, we won't limit this division to official E3 events only, because several publishers have chosen to forgo the ESA structure for their own events. EA and Sony are two of the biggest companies to do this in the past, and we will include their events if and when they independently announce them.
How to watch E3 2021
This year's digital E3 will be available through a dedicated portal that will launch alongside the event itself on June 12. This portal will give fans access to virtual booths and social rooms where they can meet and use the forums. Booths will feature information from different game publishers to make it easier to find the games you're interested in, and will also contain VOD content.
You will be able to use this portal to watch E3 content, as well as the official E3 Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.
There are also several different distribution partners, which are available depending on your location:
- Muscular contraction
- YouTube Gaming
- Facebook Gaming
- weekly entertainment
- Max: Monsters and Explosions
- 3D Games
- Extra Life
- Video Games
- IGN Spain
Chronogram E3 2021
June 5th only
Indie Live Expo: 2h
One of the first events to take place this year is the Indie Live Expo , a Japanese indie gaming extravaganza that will feature over 300 different games. As you can see, this is probably one you'll want to watch after the live stream, but there will be presenters in English and Chinese, in addition to the Japanese hosts, as well as live music.
June 5th and June 12th
The Guerrilla Collective: 8h
The festival of digital games The Guerrilla Collective is back in 2021, and there are two separate shows happening this year. Coming the first two Saturdays of June, the show celebrates smaller games with a variety of trailers, announcements, demos and interviews. For off-the-beaten-path games you might not know about, this is the show you want to see.
7 the 11 June
Netflix Geek Week
A little different from our other E3 events in that it's not exclusively focused on video games, Netflix Geeked Week will feature a bunch of news and trailers on various Netflix series. This has included video game-themed shows in the past, like Castlevania, and with this series coming to an end, we could have more interesting information about other game-themed animated or live-action shows.
Playdate Handheld Update: 9am
We'll have a brief video preview of the Playdate update on June 8 that will include information on what you'll actually be able to pre-order the exclusive small handheld system, as well as what games will be included in the Season 1 lineup. We know there will be 24 games included this season, and the console is getting an internal storage boost to 4GB. The system was originally supposed to be released in 2020.
Battlefield Revelation: 7h
Battlefield 2042 had its first official reveal on June 9, though the trailer was largely a CG introduction to the game before a full gameplay reveal. A beta is just around the corner, and the multiplayer-only title will feature the return of Conquest and other familiar content alongside all-new experiences. It will be available for current-gen and next-gen consoles as well as PC on October 22nd.
Summer Game Fest e Day of the Devs
Geoff Keighley is once again not associated with E3 this year and has instead hosted another Summer Game Fest to deliver game announcements and news over the course of several months. It all started on June 10th with their Kickoff stream, and a lot of games have received updates and new information. None of that mattered, however, because there was an Elden Ring gameplay trailer at the end and we couldn't remember anything else.
Primetime Koch Game Stream: 16pm
Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Silver, will be hosting its own E3 event on June 11th. Details are scarce right now, but we know that Deep Silver doesn't plan on showing TimeSplitters, Saints Row, or Dead Island during E3. It appears that the event will not include sister company THQ Nordic, although the company's official Twitter account has hinted that it could hold its own separate event.
Direct integral: 14h
Returning from last year, Wholesome Direct will feature over 75 different games, including Ooblets and Moonglow Bay. Some will be released during the show itself, and there will also be exclusive footage and interviews with game developers during the show.Read also
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Ubisoft Forward: 14h
Ubisoft Forward started last year after the cancellation of E3 2020, giving the publisher the chance to showcase and advertise their games. We actually had two separate Ubisoft Forward presentations last year, and it's possible this could be planned again. The VR-based Far Cry 6 and Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell projects are in the works, as is the extreme sports game Riders Republic. There will be a pre-show one hour before the main event.
Return Digital :05:30h
Small game publisher Devolver Digital, known primarily for releasing indie-style games like Hotline Miami and Pedro, will "probably" hold its conference on June 12, according to its Twitter account. In general, these conferences don't contain much information about upcoming games and instead skewer the AAA editors' conferences with lots of profanity and even the occasional death.
Gearbox software: 18h
Gearbox Software, developers of Borderlands and now a subsidiary of the Embracer Group, will give a presentation during E3 on June 12. While it's unclear what will be included, we're hoping to hear some more information about the upcoming Eli Roth-directed film, as details about its cast have been slowly leaking out over the past few months. We also know that eccentric Randy Pitchford will make an appearance.
UploadVR Showcase: 19h
O UploadVR Showcase is back at E3 2021, and will once again focus on announcements, trailers, and updates exclusively for VR games. It will cover content from Oculus Quest, PlayStation VR, and PC-based VR devices, and will run for nearly an hour. The previous showcase has gathered a lot of news and trailers in its time slot, with very little downtime or banter between ads.
Xbox e Bethesda: 14h
Microsoft's event this year will likely be very different than in previous years, and not just because of the digital format. As of early this spring, Bethesda is part of Xbox Game Studios, meaning the publisher's own content will be included in the Xbox show rather than a separate conference.
This could also make the Xbox show one of the longest we'll see this year, as it's planned to be 90 minutes long, and we'll certainly see something in the upcoming Halo Infinite. The game is scheduled for release this fall, and other games coming to Xbox this holiday season will be included.
PC Gaming Show e Future Games Show:15h (para PC Gaming Show)
PC Gamer and GamesRadar will again host the PC Gaming Show and Future Games Show, respectively, on June 13. These events are typically more of a talk show format, particularly the first one, and focus on a variety of games. This includes many indie titles, and there are also opportunities for deeper gameplay dives and questioning than we normally see at other press conferences.
Square Enix: 08:15h
Square Enix has gotten into the habit of holding its own conferences in recent years, and will have a presentation at E3 2021. Details are scarce, but we know the show will include a new game from Eidos Montreal, as well as an update on the fall of Babylon. from Platinum Games. We'll also see a lot more in Life is Strange: True Colors and Life is Strange: Remastered Collection.
Take-Two Interactive: 14:15h
The parent company of 2K Games and Rockstar Games will make a presentation, and with the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions | S of Grand Theft Auto V on its way to November, we could hear more about it. The company's other franchises include BioShock, Mafia, XCOM and the 2K Sports games.
Capcom hasn't used to host full E3 conferences in the past, but it's hosting a showcase this year focusing on four games: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, and Resident Evil Village. It's unclear if that's all the company has in store, so there's potentially room for information about other series, like Street Fighter or Devil May Cry, too.
Razer E3 Keynote: 19h
Razer will hold its own press conference, which it dubbed the “Keynote,” with CEO Min-Liang Tan on June 14. Razer is keeping things very vague regarding the content, in that a contest is being held to guess the ads. Winners have a chance to win a Razer Orochi V2 mouse, and in the past, events have revealed everything from gaming chairs and PC cases to charitable initiatives.
Verizon Keynote Stream: 01h
Everyone's favorite gaming company, Verizon wait, Verizon? Yes, the communications technology giant will be hosting an E3 keynote this year to discuss 5G and gaming. The technology is rumored to be used in an unannounced Verizon streaming service, and it's possible we could hear more about it during the presentation.
Nintendo didn't release a Nintendo Direct presentation last year following the cancellation of E3, but the company is confirmed for E3 2021 and will be hosting a 40-minute Nintendo Direct, as well as a three-hour Nintendo Treehouse gameplay.
E3 Nintendo Direct events are almost always fantastic, offering great news on a variety of original Nintendo Switch games. With such a long period of no information on games like Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3, it feels like the time is right to give some updates, but most of the games in the software's exclusive presentation will be released in 2021.
Bandai Namco: 14h
Bandai Namco is a pretty prolific publisher and is hosting its own event on the last day of E3. Current games in development include Tales of Arise, Scarlet Nexus and a little game that no one has ever talked about called Elden Ring. Because of its current lineup, we expect the presentation to be RPG-focused, but that could change with new announcements.
EA was one of the first major publishers to break away from E3, opting to host its own EA Play festivities at the same time. The company will also hold an EA Play event in 2021, but this time it will be a virtual event on July 22nd. The Battlefield 6 reveal will take place the month before, so we'll likely see the game during EA Play - typically longer gameplay demos are used at the event, as EA organizes festivities beyond a simple press conference.
Attend, not having held conferences in the past
- Take two
- Warner Bros.
- Koch Media
- Bandai Namco
- Sea turtle
- Devious Eye Entertainment
- Freedom Games
- Xseed / Marvelous USA
PlayStation was not listed among E3 partners when ESA revealed its plans for the show. This would stay in line with what Sony has been doing in recent years, as it offered State of Play presentations without hosting a huge blockbuster event. With the PS5 now available, however, we might see some sort of separate event.