Everything you missed at E3 2021


Square Enix

Square Enix’s E3 present adopted on from Microsoft’s, and was truly fairly strong so far as information goes, regardless of disappointing some followers.

Guardians of the Galaxy, a brand new Marvel tie-in sport from the workforce behind the Deus Ex collection, bought the longest presentation, and appears promising. Unlike Marvel’s Avengers, Guardians is a single-player, story-driven affair, with an emphasis on resolution making and relationships.

Babylon’s Fall, a long-awaited collaboration between PlatinumGames and SquareEnix, additionally bought a correct unveiling. Unlike the pair’s final project collectively, Nier: Automata, this one’s an online-only, game-as-a-service form of deal, which is an especially troublesome factor to get proper. PlatinumGames does have a powerful historical past of constructing enjoyable issues, so we’re intrigued to take a look at the beta when it drops.

The first huge meme of E3 was “chaos.” That is, the trailer for the Final Fantasy spinoff (deep breath) Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin. The web had a whole lot of enjoyable with each the normcore outfit of the protagonist and the very fact he was seemingly obsessive about saying “chaos” time and again. To make issues worse, a demo for the brand new sport dropped after the present, and it was… damaged. Very damaged. It wouldn’t be playable for nearly two days, after which when it was, we have been intrigued however total unimpressed. You can learn UK Bureau Chief Mat Smith’s opinions on that have right here.

Wrapping up the present shortly as a result of, wow, do we have now quite a bit to get via: Life is Strange: True Colors tried to clarify that empathy is certainly as cool as time journey; there are some cool “pixel-perfect” remakes of Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V and VI on the way in which; and… that was just about that. No Final Fantasy XVI and no Forspoken; no Dragon Quest, no Tomb Raider, no Deus Ex, no Just Cause, no Kingdom Hearts. No, no, no.

The lack of Final Fantasy XVI and Forspoken might probably be all the way down to their platform exclusivity. The former is a PS5 unique, whereas the latter is PS5 and PC solely. That makes them a very good match for a Sony PlayStation occasion, which can or will not be deliberate for the close to future.


Nintendo is at all times the final of the main gamers to host an E3 showcase, and this year was no totally different. Mario + Rabbids: Spark of Hope was clearly a recognized entity from Ubisoft’s present, however there was nonetheless loads to announce. (E3 noticed no New Nintendo Switch, although, regardless of numerous press stories forward of the present insisting there can be.)

The Direct presentation started with the customary “there’s a new Smash Bros. fighter” announcement — this time Tekken’s Kazuya, who ruined our E3 by dropping Kirby right into a volcano. Then got here Metroid Dread, the fifth mainline Metroid sport and really a lot not Metroid Prime 4. Executive Editor Aaron Souppouris had a better look at Dread and got here away impressed.

Returning classics have been a little bit of a theme. WarioWare: Get It Together! is a brand new title in Intelligent Systems’ long-running mini-game collection, and the primary on a house console since 2013’s Game & Wario on the Wii U. Another Intelligent Systems staple can also be returning: Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp is a remake of the 2 basic Game Boy Advance turn-based techniques video games, produced by WayForward Technologies, which was chargeable for the superb DuckTales: Remastered.

Although Metroid Prime 4 didn’t make an look, the much-anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild did — after some low-key trolling from Nintendo. The company mentioned it had time for “one final thing,” and proceeded to indicate off a really cool Zelda Game & Watch handheld, earlier than lastly dropping the trailer everybody had been ready for. There wasn’t a lot gameplay, and we nonetheless don’t even know what it’s referred to as, however the 100-second trailer had simply the correct mix of intrigue and (we predict) time-travel hints to make followers lose their minds. The proud “2022” launch window at the tip of the trailer was tempered considerably by language after saying it was “aiming for” that window. Nintendo is rarely shy about delaying video games, so keep in mind that you could not get your arms on this subsequent year.

At each Nintendo’s present and elsewhere, the intriguing case of the “Cloud Version” continued. Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to Switch in a cloud wrapper, as are each A Plague Tale: Innocence and A Plague Tale: Requiem. This pattern started in Japan with Resident Evil VII and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey releases, however we’ve seen Control and Hitman 3 come to the west this manner too. It shouldn’t be an enormous shock: Helped considerably by shortages elsewhere, the Switch is, worldwide, outselling Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 mixed With an set up base approaching 100 million, Nintendo’s platform is simply too huge to disregard. If there’s a approach to get a sport in entrance of these gamers, anticipate publishers to make it occur.

There have been a whole lot of different bulletins. Switch unique Shin Megami Tensei V has a launch date; there’s a brand new Mario Party sport, this one with on-line multiplayer from the beginning; the Life is Strange collection, together with True Colors, is coming to Switch; and the Danganronpa video games, as soon as PSP and Vita staples, are on the way in which as effectively. Outside of the Direct, OlliOlli World, the sequel to a different Vita basic, is shaping up effectively, and can come to Nintendo Switch this winter.

Of course, Nintendo couldn’t please everybody, and the shortage of Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3 and Splatoon 3 was a supply of some post-show complaints. Another Switch console unique, Hollow Knight Silksong, was additionally absent, though the builders at least made clear earlier than E3 that may be the case. In the case of Bayonetta 3, a ample variety of individuals complained to PlatinumGames founder Hideki Kamiya that he took to Twitter to make his ideas very clear. Development goes effectively, Kamiya mentioned, and suggesting in any other case is “nothing but annoying pollution … That’s why the guy who says ‘Tell me if you’re developing’ is a human trash can waiting with their mouth open on the leftover belt conveyor.” Lovely.


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