After a one-year break, E3 2021 returns as a “newly invented, purely virtual” event. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo will take place June 12-15 and will feature appearances from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, Sega, Bandai Namco and more.
While the show won’t have a physical presence, the upside is that anyone and everyone can attend E3 by watching the press conferences, digital showcases, and other livestreams that will take place in June (and beyond). The Entertainment Software Association, the trading group that operates E3, has created a web portal and app for E3 that anyone can use to watch the process – Fan registration is now live.
Here is a guide to the E3 2021 events that we are aware of so far.
Saturday June 12th
E3 organizers say the event will officially begin on Saturday with a pre-show at 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT. Ubisoft and Gearbox Entertainment will hold press conferences that day.
Ubisoft Forward 2021 will present a variety of upcoming Ubisoft titles Saturday, June 12, 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT
The main event will be the first gameplay footage of the next Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six game (a co-op title formerly known as Rainbow Six quarantine). Ubisoft will be making a “deep dive” to the game on its Ubisoft Forward Post Show, which goes live at 4:00 p.m. EDT / 1:00 p.m. PDT.
We can also expect appearances from previously announced games like Far Cry 6 and Reiter Republic, and updates on new content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft will also discuss projects from its film and television departments, such as the upcoming film Werewolves inside.
Borderlands developer Gearbox Software will hopefully have a lot to show during a press conference Saturday, June 12, 5 p.m. EDT / 2 p.m. PDT.
Sunday June 13th
On Sunday, E3 2021 viewers can expect presentations from Microsoft, Square Enix, Warner Bros. Games and 24 Entertainment. A pre-show aired begins at 11:45 am EDT / 8:45 am PDT.
Xbox & Bethesda Showcase
Microsoft will be hosting its E3 game showcase on June 13 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PDT. The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will be streamed live on Xbox Pull out, Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook Channels and focuses “on games from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and many of our partners’ game developers around the world”.
Square Enix presents
The Square Enix event begins at 3:15 p.m. EDT / 12:15 p.m. PDT. A new game from Eidos Montréal is announced on the 40-minute show, an update to PlatinumGames’ Babylon’s fall, look closer Life is strange: true colors and Life is Strange Remastered Collection, and details about the Black Panther – War for Wakanda Extension for Marvel’s Avengers.
Warner Bros. Games
Publisher Warner Bros. goes all out Back 4 blood on the E3 2021. At 5:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 p.m. PDT, WB will present the spiritual successor to Turtle Rock Studios Left 4 Dead in a short presentation.
PC Gaming Show and Future Games Show
Sunday ends with two showcases from PC Gamer and Future Games 5:30 p.m. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDT and 7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT, respectively.
Monday June 14th
The E3 Monday show begins with a broadcast that begins at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. PDT. Capcom, Take-Two Interactive, Mythical Games, Freedom Games, Razer, and unannounced indie developers will have presentations throughout the day.
Capcom is giving a presentation on the subject Monday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDTthat focuses on the upcoming games. Officially, Capcom has the Great Ace Attorney Collection, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, Resident Evil 4 for Oculus VR and Pragmata on his publication list. But Capcom also reportedly has more Ace Attorney and Resident Evil games in its plan, according to a leak.
Take-Two Interactive, parent company of 2K Games, Rockstar Games and Private Division, is coming to E3 2021 with a panel that starts at 1:15 p.m. EDT / 10:15 a.m. PDT.
Tuesday June 15th
The final day of E3 2021 kicks off Tuesday with a pre-show broadcast that begins at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. PDT. Nintendo, Bandai Namco and others will be hosting events.
Nintendo Direct & Treehouse Live
Nintendo will hold a new Nintendo Direct presentation at E3 2021 on June 15, during which the company plans to reveal new details on upcoming Nintendo Switch games. Nintendo will then offer a longer look at its Switch lineup in a new Nintendo Treehouse Live immediately after the direct livestream.
Nintendo’s E3 2021 Nintendo Direct will air at 12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 15the company announced on Wednesday. The presentation will last “approximately 40 minutes” and will focus on the Nintendo Switch software which “will mostly be released in 2021”.
Bandai Namco is re-organizing its E3 2021 showcase 5:25 p.m. EDT / 2:25 p.m. PDT on Tuesday.
Thursday July 22nd
EA Play Live
Electronic Arts will be giving a presentation on Thursday, July 22nd – long after E3 2021 ends. Details will follow.