We didn’t get to gather in sweaty, heaving crowds for E3 2021, but it was a big one nonetheless. Across the Summer Game Fest, the Guerrilla Collective, Microsoft’s Xbox-Bethesda Showcase, the PC Gaming Show, and other online events, we saw an astonishing—nearly overwhelming—assortment of new game announcements, release dates, and other news. If you missed any of it, do not worry: We’ve assembled all the big news right here, so you can get caught up on everything in one handy place.
This year was a lot, seriously, but there were still a few big bombs that stand out from the crowd:
The biggest reveals
The video leaked literally 20 minutes before Microsoft’s show started, but it didn’t matter. The debut trailer for Bethesda’s “first new universe in over 25 years” made for one of the most genuinely exciting E3 moments in years.
Diablo 2: Resurrected
Diablo 2 is 21 years old (wow) but it’s one of the best ARPGs ever made, and the Resurrected remaster is looking very promising. It’s also now got a release date of September 23.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
What’s interesting about Gearbox’s new shooter isn’t that it’s a Borderlands spinoff (it is), but that it’s not the Borderlands spinoff you expect (it isn’t). Still, it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.
The Outer Worlds 2
They’re making it! And that’s about it. Yeah, that’s it. Quality teaser, though.
Arkane unveiled a brand-new game during the big weekend, a Left 4 Dead-style co-op shooter with vampires and magic. But it’s not just an L4D clone: Arkane said that, like its other games, player choice and a reactive world will be central to the experience.
New game announcements
There’s a lot of new stuff coming over the next few years. Here are some that seem especially exciting.
An Evil Dead game is coming, and it actually looks pretty good
Jurassic World Evolution 2 will be out later this year
Forza Horizon 5 is headed to Mexico this November and lordy it looks nice
The hit 2016 2D RPG Salt and Sanctuary is getting a sequel called Salt and Sacrifice
The Anacrusis is a ’70s sci-fi take on Left 4 Dead from former Valve and Riot developers
Crossfire: Legion is a ‘classic RTS’ being developed by the makers of Homeworld 3
Fight as Rocky, Ivan Drago, Clubber Lang, and more in Creed Champions
Be a trigger-happy spellcaster in co-op survival sandbox Wizard with a Gun
Bramble: The Mountain King is a weird new horror game is inspired by creepy Nordic fairytales
Become the Baba Yaga in the open-world horror-adventure Blacktail
Students major in pizza and magic in this trailer for Two Point Campus
Bloodhunt is a battle royale game set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe, and it’s out this year
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes and new spin-off, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, will come to Xbox Game Pass at launch
Grime is a trippy new Metroidvania featuring living weapons and a bizarre art style
Douse fires, save people, and fly on a firehose in Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue
Abzu meets Limbo in brutal underwater adventure Silt
Slime Rancher 2 will be bouncing onto PC in 2022
This newly revealed Final Fantasy game is so bad it’s good
Far: Changing Tides is a lonely post-apocalyptic voyage, coming late 2021
Ixion is a space station management sim with strong Frostpunk vibes
Let’s once again ride a wave of rats in A Plague Tale: Requiem
Contraband is a 1970s co-op smuggling game from the Just Cause team
Rocksmith+ looks like a neat way to learn the guitar or bass
Koch Media’s new Prime Matter publishing label is bringing back Painkiller.
The stop-motion co-op adventure platformer Vokabulantis looks absolutely fantastic, and it’s got a sweet-sounding story, too.
Her Story creator Sam Barlow’s next game is a decades-spanning Hollywood thriller called Immortality
Best wishes to your backlog.
Because sometimes you just want a little catch-up with a game you’ve been waiting for.
TV shows based on games
Speaking of things to watch, Netflix was a presence during this year’s E3 as well, bringing its “Geeked Week” to the Summer Game Fest. It’s not making games, though—it’s making
E3 wasn’t all exciting big reveals, long-awaited released dates, and explosive new trailers. Scattered here are there throughout the weekend, there were also smaller announcements. Here are a few interesting ones:
Orcs Must Die! 3 is coming to Steam at last
How Dying Light 2’s day/night system completely transforms the city
Chivalry 2’s first free map coming ‘sooner than fans would expect’
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will have no DLC or microtransactions
The Game Awards will be held in front of a live audience this year
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will get a second year’s worth of expansions and loads of free content
Captain Jack Sparrow will be joining your pirate crew in Sea of Thieves later this month
Netflix and CD Projekt’s Geralts come together at WitcherCon in July
The $1,000 VHS tape and purple suits from Devolver’s E3 show were actually for sale and they already sold out
Amazon Games is localizing one of South Korea’s most exciting MMOs, Lost Ark
They put PC Gaming Show host Frankie Ward in Humankind
If you’re looking for more E3 2021 coverage, we’ve got it: Here’s a full recap of the PC Gaming Show, some thoughts on the best games we’ve seen, all 70+ games shown in the Guerrilla Collective event, and even a list of every game at E3 with ray tracing.