E3 2021 - Quickfire takeaway's from the biggest video game event of the summer.
By Ashley Liddell E3's first instalment since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic delivered in a big way, whetting the appetite of gamers, highlighting several huge upcoming titles, confirming release dates and teasing gamers with a brief look at titles at the early stages of their development. E3 2021, despite being trapped behind the sort of confines we have come to expect during COVID restrictions, delivered an event with several wow moments and got the Quickfire team hyped for what 2022 and beyond holds for gamers.
Here, we are going to take a look at the biggest takeaways from the virtual e3 event and give you the lowdown on all the biggest announcements and our overall thoughts on e3 2021.
1. Nintendo delivered.
Samus Aran returns as the much-loved intergalactic bounty hunter leading the Metroid franchise into its fifth instalment - of this particular iteration of the series. Metroid: Dread, which shouldn't be mistaken for the highly anticipated Metroid: Prime 4, is a 2d platformer coming to switch on October 8th 2021, check out the trailer below.
Alongside a much-welcomed addition to the Metroid series, even if we're devastated there was no news on Prime 4, Nintendo also treated us to the most anticipated game on the switch. Nintendo teased Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, and we couldn't be more excited if we tried. The first instalment began the process of establishing the Nintendo Switch as a household name, going a long way to eradicating the bad taste of it's predecessor, the Wii U, but if the second instalment improves upon the OG, we're all in for a treat. Oh! and Link's hair... Super Saiyan Link! that is all!
And if that wasn't enough, Zelda will be the next feature of Nintendo's Game and Watch - launching later this year. A fun and affordable gadget that allows users to play the classic titles from generations gone by, the game and watch will feature The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and a Link version of the Game & Watch title Vermin, and finally the Game and Watch also has a special clock mode.
Quickfire Nintendo Takeaways:
Life is Strange Remastered is coming to Switch
Wario is getting a new title - WarioWare - coming to Switch later this year
Advance Wars is BACK! Re-booted for the Switch, later this year.
DBZ: Kakarot is coming to Switch.
2. Play it Day One with Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox Game Pass is the best service available to gamers, this isn't even a debate - and hasn't been for a long time. However, rather than resting on their laurels with the service, Xbox has reaffirmed this point, blazing the moniker "Play it Day One with Xbox Game Pass" on the majority of the games highlighted within their virtual E3 conference. This included the upcoming Warner Bro's title "Back 4 Blood", a Zombie ridden FPS game, developed by the OG developer of the critically acclaimed, "Left 4 Dead". A much welcome addition to the service but one that has forced me into admin work, in needing to cancel my pre-order for the title. As the Xbox Game pass service continues to evolve and develop, providing a one-stop-shop for PC gaming, Console Gaming and Game Streaming, likely, Xbox's grip over the world of gaming will also increase - and whilst that may hold danger's for a future date, a future discussion. Right now, the gamers are the ones reaping the benefits from this - as Microsoft gives us access to all of its flagship exclusives, at the annual cost of two Sony exclusive titles.
3. Halo Multiplayer - Capturing the Flag just became FREE TO PLAY.
The highly anticipated return of Halo multiplayer was given a fair amount of attention within Xbox's conference at e3 2021. The first takeaway here is that the game will run seamlessly across PC and Xbox consoles, a first for the series. However, the announcement that followed will receive much more fanfare, and rightly so! Halo's multiplayer will be Free-To-Play! Discussions, again for a future date, will no doubt highlight scepticism surrounding micro-transactions and "pay to win" possibilities within the title but going off the gameplay footage, this title looks to offer exactly what we all want from a Halo Multiplayer experience. Take a look at the trailer below!
4. Bethesda gets the "Exclusive" Treatment.
We all suspected it, Bethesda's titles are following the example of other studios acquired by Microsoft and will be available "Only on Xbox". Bethesda shared the e3 stage with Xbox this year, revealing several additions to the Game Pass service from its fantastic catalogue of games and also providing an update on Starfield, even giving us the most teasy of teasy trailers.
Bethesda wasn't done here though. They also gave updates on new content for their flagship series, Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76 before sharing one of my personal favourites from the e3 2021 conference, the new project RedFall. An open-world co-op FPS that is being developed by the much-loved team behind Prey and Dishonoured, RedFall looks to be a title with lots to like, including a comedic tone, which I personally love within games. Check it out below.
Quickfire Bethesda & Xbox Takeaways:
Halo Infinite (Story Mode) will launch this Winter (Holiday 2021)
We're going to Mexico, As Forza Horizon 5 gets ready for its 2021 launch. (November 9th 2021)
Diablo 2: Resurrected gets a 23rd September 2021 Release.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 gets a 2022 release date. (April 28th 2022)
Flight Simulator is coming to Console - July 27th 2021.
Age of Empires IV receives an October 28th 2021 Release Date.
5. Mario gives the Ubisoft show it's E3 2021 spark!
Ubisoft's event may have been dampened by several Twitter leaks stealing the thunder away from Ubisoft's actual video announcements, but Ubisoft still delivered some big titles. Most welcomed by myself was the reveal of a "Mario and Rabbids" sequel. Mario and the gang are back in this turn-based strategy series, that has much love among fans of the series. Ubisoft gave us some key information on the title and a great look at the game, we know Mario and Co are faced with saving a galaxy, we know the gang will be faced with defeating Evil Entity Cursa and we know the game will feature a new addition/mechanic... the sparks! Mario and Rabbids: Sparks of Hope releases in 2022.
6. Extraction v Back 4 Blood.
Alongside this, Ubisoft also gave us a look into Rainbow Six Siege: Extraction. Extraction is a bit of a direction change for the series, as the title moves away from pitting teams against rival "player" teams in its popular PvP gameplay, opting for a shift to an emphasis on tactical teamwork as player's team up to take on hordes of alien invaders, in a PvE extravaganza. Personally, the title looks like a great hybrid, taking the best of Sieges co-op shooter, tactical elements and integrates them with the best bits of games like "Left 4 Dead". Launching in September, Ubisoft will successfully get to market before the similarly exciting, "Back 4 Blood" title, with which there are clear comparisons to be drawn. This could be the first big games battle of the year and one for which I am here all the way, as a user of Both the Ubisoft+ service and Game Pass Ultimate also. Which of these titles will come out on top? Let us know in the comments below.
7. Giancarlo Esposito always has my attention, therefore so does Far Cry 6.
In terms of villains, other than Christoph Waltz, Giancarlo Esposito is my current favourite villain actor, nailing every character I have seen him develop. Incidentally, Ubisoft should certainly utilise Waltz in Far Cry 7. Anyway, whether as Gustavo Fring in "Breaking Bad" or Moff Gideon, in the recent "The Mandolorian" series, Esposito has created memorable villains that ooze charisma - helping the shows stand out from others on the box. If Far Cry 6 is anything like its predecessors, the portrayal of the game's villain will be integral to the success of the game and if track record and the first proper look at Anton Castillo in Ubisoft's e3 2021 trailer is anything to go off, we're in for a treat. Check the trailer out below.
Far Cry 6 is scheduled for an October 6th 2021 Release.
7. Ubisoft teased Avatar, and I'm all in for it!
The Na'vi and their wider "Avatar" universe have always intrigued me. I was one of the many fans of the film and am really looking forward to the upcoming additions to the films series and now can get hype for the addition I knew I wanted, but never expected, "Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora". The game follows the recent form of Ubisoft's Open World Vision, recreating the Western Frontier of Pandora in an utterly gorgeous open-world that seems to be pushing Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine to its limits - in a game that is seemingly being built specifically for the new consoles and PC. Check out the trailer below, it really is a stunning visual showcase for Ubisoft.
Quickfire Ubisoft Takeaways:
Ubisoft will continue to support its current series and titles with further content for The Division, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion.
Far Cry 6 will feature a villain focused Season Pass.
Just Dance 2022 received a 4th November 2021 release date.
Riders Republic received a 2nd September 2021 release date.
So, as you can see E3 2021 had several key takeaways, and whilst it may have lacked the typical fanfare we have come to expect from a typical e3 event, there was plenty for gamers to get excited about here.
Which trailer has you most hyped to be a gamer this year?
Which game did we not see that you can't wait to play? Hogwarts Legacy for me!
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