E3 season is upon us and with it attracts video game news large and little. Although E3 continues to shrink in size and scope — and will be all-online this season as a result of pandemic — there is sure to be ample video game news, announcements, and updates throughout the event, which runs from June 12 on June 15.
With E3 just around the corner, it is hard not to get excited about the possible shows and upgrades we’re set to get from some of the largest publishers in the business. Sony may well not be attending the event themselves, but some of their games could still show up at various shows at E3, and enthusiasts will still be treated to big presentations from Microsoft, Nintendo, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and more.
As E3 week gets underway, here are the nine matches we are excited to hopefully see through the presentations.
The most recent entry to Microsoft’s flagship Halo series will probably receive a significant showcase this E3, in case developer 343 Industries’ late 2021 release window for this title is still on track. Halo Infinite is the next chapter in Master Chief’s saga, one that was supposed to be a release title for the Xbox Series X but was delayed in late 2020 for more developmental time.
I expect Halo Infinite to get a lot of time during Microsoft’s E3 event for the Xbox on Sunday, June 13, with hopefully a release date for fans hungry for some news.
Now that Bethesda is officially under Microsoft’s wing, I’d like to think we’ll see more movement on what’s been happening with The Elder Scrolls VI. We haven’t heard anything since the extremely short reveal trailer released during 2018’s E3, and with three years passed it feels like we’re due for another look at the next chapter of The Elder Scrolls saga.
I wouldn’t expect any major news from Bethesda on The Elder Scrolls VI, but I’d love to see another small preview of what the team has been up to in the years since the title was announced.
Nintendo blew everyone’s expectations away after announcing a sequel to the award winning The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at the end of their E3 presentation in 2019. With Nintendo set for a showcase of their own on Tuesday, June 15 focusing on Switch titles releasing mostly in 2021, fans are hoping for another glimpse at the highly-anticipated sequel.
I’m still not convinced we’ll get a 2021 release date for the Breath of the Wild sequel — 2022 seems more likely — but I am very much looking forward to seeing more of what this series has in store. Zelda fans were treated with more Breath of the Wild story in the 2020 release of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, but a bigger look at one of Nintendo’s most anticipated sequels is hopefully in the cards.
Oh, Elden Ring. Also another incredibly-anticipated release, this time in the hands of FromSoftware and game director Hidetaka Miyazaki of the Dark Souls series. We’ve seen bits and pieces of Elden Ring more recently in the form of trailer leaks, but nothing can compare to crisp, fresh footage of a pre-planned showcase.
Elden Ring is set to advance the Dark Souls formula Miyazaki has since perfected over the course of his games. With Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin penned to help write the world building lore as well, Elden Ring will likely be FromSoftware’s most ambitious title yet.
Starfield — Bethesda Game Studios’ first new IP in 25 years — is a coming space RPG and… that is all we really know! First declared in 2018 — but spoke about logically for much, much longer — Starfield is a mysterious job with large expectations.
I have no idea when we’ll see Starfield‘s release, but I am hoping for a better look at Bethesda’s space RPG this year just so we can find out more about this project. Microsoft has a lot of balls in play this E3, but a look at Starfield‘s growth are a welcome surprise.
We’ve only known about Final Fantasy XVI‘s existence for eight or so months now, but it feels a lot longer than that. The latest numbered release in Square Enix’s long-running series, Final Fantasy XVI is set to go back to the franchise’s high fantasy roots after spending a long time in the semi-futuristic genre.
Given Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade’s recent release, I don’t think we’ll see an announcement of the second part of the remake, but I think Final Fantasy XVI has a legitimate shot of getting some screen time at this E3, if only to show us more of the darker, grittier fantasy world that’s been constructed for this new installment.
Nintendo showcased the newest look at the future of the Pokemon franchise back in February after announcing Diamond and Pearl remakes alongside a new open world adventure set in the series’ past. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a daring step for the franchise, throwing out all you know about the string to get a more activity RPG-style take on what Pokemon games might be at a Breath of the Wild inspired game.
Fans have a great deal of questions about what Pokémon Legends: Arceus is, how its mechanics differ from previous games — plus what the overall endgame is trigger this doesn’t seem like the fitness center badge search from games’ past — and hopefully Nintendo will provide replies in this year’s E3.