As E3 2021 relentlessly marches from one streaming event to the next, it can be difficult to keep track of all the games making their big debut. Was that game new? Haven’t we heard of it before? No, wait, it was totally announced at that one event last year!
Stop. We’re here to help. What follows is a comprehensive rundown of every new game announced at a major E3 event this year. And we’re talking truly brand-new—stuff that’s never been publicly seen before. (Rumors and leaks don’t count.) Let’s go.
With most major publishers (except for the E3-skipping Sony) having their own events, Thursday’s Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live! stream was sort of a catch-all for games that either weren’t appearing in other streams or, in a couple cases, were too big to wait. Highlights include the debut trailer and announcement of Borderlands spin-off Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands and, of course, the gameplay premiere of Elden Ring.
Here are the new games that made their first appearance at the Summer Game Fest kickoff:
- Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands | Early 2022 | PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Metal Slug Tactics | No ETA | PC
- Death Stranding Director’s Cut | Fall 2021 | PS5
- Jurassic World Evolution 2 | 2021 | PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Salt and Sacrifice | 2022 | PS4, PS5
- Bloodhunt | 2021 | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- The Anacrusis | Fall 2021 | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Planet of Lana | 2022 | Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Ubisoft didn’t announce a new Assassin’s Creed, didn’t reveal a new Division, and didn’t resurface long-quite games like Beyond Good and Evil 2. Between new footage for Rainbow Six: Extraction, Far Cry 6, and Riders Republic, the French mega-publisher managed to sneak in some surprises.
Here are the new games that made their first appearance at the Ubisoft’s E3 event:
- Rocksmith+ | TBA | PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
- Just Dance 2022 | November 4, 2021 | Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope | 2022 | Switch
- Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora | 2022 | PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Following an industry-shaking $7.5 billion acquisition deal, Microsoft and new-Microsoft-baby Bethesda teamed up for a joint press conference this E3. Highlights included check-ins with marquee games, including Starfield and Halo Infinite. But the 90-minute presser was also jam-packed with games that hadn’t previously seen the light of day.
Here are the new games that made their first appearance at Microsoft and Bethesda’s joint presser:
- Contraband | TBA | Xbox Series X/S
- A Plague Tale: Requiem | 2022 | Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
- Slime Rancher 2 | 2022 | Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
- Shredders | December 2021 | Xbox Series X/S
- Replaced | 2022 | Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
- Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising | 2022 | Xbox (specific platforms TBA), PC
- Forza Horizon 5 | November 9 | Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
- Redfall | Summer 2022 | Xbox Series X/S, PC
It’s funny to joke that Square Enix shows off games approximately six decades before they come out (Final Fantasy Versus XIII, anyone?), but the company actually offered some solid release windows in its E3 2021 press conference—even for the never-before-seen titles.
Here are the new games that made their first appearance at Square Enix Presents:
- Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin | 2022 | PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
- Guardians of the Galaxy | October 26 | PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Switch
- Hitman Sniper: The Shadows | 2021 | iPhone, Android
As the capstone to this year’s E3, Nintendo didn’t disappoint. Yes, footage from BotW 2—or whatever the heck it’s eventually called—stole the show. But a bunch of new games also stood out. Better yet, nearly all of these just-announced games have solid release dates, a far cry from tactics deployed by nearly every other publisher at E3.
Here are the new games that made their first appearance at Nintendo’s E3 2021 Direct:
- Cruis’n Blast | Fall 2021 | Switch
- Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania | October 5 | Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
- Mario Party Superstars | October 29 | Switch
- Metroid Dread | October 8 | Switch
- WarioWare: Get It Together | September 10 | Switch
- Advance Wars 1+2: Boot Camp | December 3 | Switch
- Zelda Game + Watch | November 12 | Comes on its own platform
Ha! Good one.