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E3 2021 date: Start time, schedule, games and leaks

Published: 6/Apr/2021 14:58

by Alex Garton

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With the last showcase taking place just under two years ago, fans of E3 are eagerly awaiting details on the upcoming 2021 showcase. Here’s everything you need to know about the major event.

For years, E3 has been a landmark event in the gaming calendar where countless titles are announced and revealed.

However, after lockdown restrictions began in 2020, last year’s event was canceled. Instead of the typical live event, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) hosted a series of live streams which took place over the summer months.

This year, the ESA is planning to host an online event that mimics the typical E3 format, instead of the spread-out live streams they were forced to produce last year. Following months of rumors, the event is confirmed and details are starting to emerge.

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Without further ado, here’s everything we know about the event so far.

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ESA
E3’s first-ever event was all the way back in 1995.

When is E3 2021?

The ESA has confirmed that E3 2021 will run between June 12 and June 15.

Developers will be showcasing their latest news and games at the digital-only event, and the ESA has said it will be working with media partners around the world to make the event available to everyone to watch for free.

“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer, while uniting the world through games,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA.

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“We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”

E3 2019
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E3 has faced issues with a number of publishers pulling out and hosting their own events.

Who is taking part in E3 2021?

This year’s event is already looking to be an exciting one, as early commitments have already been locked in from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media.

There’s no word on Sony or EA, but it’s likely that they will be hosting their own individual events instead. Other developers absent from the list include Square Enix, Tencent, Sega, Bandai, and Activision Blizzard.

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However, the ESA has promised that more participants will be announced in the build-up to E3 2021, and a schedule will likely be released soon.

Which games are being revealed at E3 2021?

Despite Sony and Activision pulling out of E3 in 2019 to host their own events in the future, there’s still plenty of publishers with upcoming games to reveal. However, without these huge industry names, it’s difficult to know whether E3 will generate the same excitement it used to.

Either way, at this point in time, it’s difficult to know what games may be revealed at E3 2021. All we can do is speculate on upcoming titles that may ready to reveal or show-off around that time period. Here’s a list of a few highly-anticipated games that could make an appearance:

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E3 2019
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E3 will no longer reveal games from both Activision and Sony.

How to watch E3 2021

The ESA has confirmed that it will be working with media partners around the world to ensure that gamers can tune in to the action at E3 2021 for free. Fortunately, that means no paywalls for the event.

According to the official E3 2021 website, those watching the event can expect live press conferences and a four-day long video stream. Details of where to stream will be announced soon, though the usual places like YouTube and Twitch are likely.

E3 2021 leaks and rumors

For the time being, there have been no major leaks surrounding the upcoming E3 event. This is no surprise as it’s only just been confirmed that the showcase can go ahead in June.

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There’s no doubt that slithers of information will begin to come out when we know the event is happening. Rest assured we’ll update this article with all of the latest information as soon as it becomes available.


Hopefully, this has caught you up on everything you need to know about the upcoming event. You can check out our predictions for the games we’re expecting to see at E3 2021 here.