The Electronic Entertainment Exhibition, better known as E3, is now underway. First staged in 1995, the gaming industry is eagerly awaiting the current iteration, the first since 2019 after the commercial event was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Only opened to the public in 2017 after having been an industry-exclusive opportunity for years, E3 2021 is now home to some of the world’s largest video game and console developers who use the platform to reveal new titles and offer other game updates.
This year’s E3 2021 will take place virtually via live stream and will run from Saturday, June 12th to Tuesday, June 15th. Here we take a look at the highlights from day one.
Ubisoft ‘Avatar’ – Frontiers Of Pandora Gameplay
The French video game company Ubisoft has unveiled a number of new titles, including a Mario crossover with Nintendo, and unveiled the trailer for a game based on James Cameron’s hit film Avatar.
Although news of a video game collaboration with the blockbuster was first announced in 2017, little has been known since then.
However, fans have now taken a look at what to expect from Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
The trailer offers a preview of the open-world first-person action-adventure game set in the world of Pandora. Scheduled for release in 2022, the game is currently under development.
“Play as Na’vi in this new independent story and embark on a journey across the western frontier, an unprecedented part of Pandora.”
“Explore a vibrant, responsive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters, and fend off the formidable RDA forces that threaten them,” Ubisoft said in a press release following the event.
Mario + Rabbids spark of hope gameplay
It was also announced at E3 that a sequel to 2017’s surprise hit Mario + Raving Rabbids Kingdom Battle is coming.
The game, called Sparks of Hope, will, like its predecessor, be available exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
The game leaves Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom in favor of space, with Mario and his crew (nine playable characters in total, none of which have been announced) move from planet to planet to battle a new villain named Cursa. It will be released in 2022.
Rocksmith+ – E3 2021
Ubisoft has announced a new Rocksmith title. The original video game was released for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 in October 2011 and has helped teach people to play guitar.
While the original was considered innovative at the time, gamers also needed to be able to connect a cable to the computer, which many viewed as an unsustainable option.
The new version, Rocksmith+, will be a subscription model that will continue to teach people how to play guitar and bass.
It offers a wide variety of songs that can be set to different speeds to allow players to play at their own pace. It will be released this summer.
The second day of E3 will see presentations from Xbox and Bethesda, with Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda being one of the biggest stories in the gaming industry this year.
The Japanese developers Square Enix and Capcom will also host their conferences, as will the American company Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games.
In order to watch a live stream of the show, viewers can tune into the E3 2021 channels on YouTube and Twitch. Broadcasts begin at 1:00 p.m. EST (9:00 p.m. GST).