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E3 2021: The Biggest Games and Trailers Revealed

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After a year off due to coronavirus concerns in 2020, E3 is back (remotely), with its usual days-long barrage of new game announcements and trailer reveals. Major publishers and indie developers alike have been highlighting the best of what’s to come in 2021 and beyond. With so many showcases to track, staying on top of all the big announcements isn’t always easy — which is where we come in.

With most of the big showcases behind us, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest new games and trailers revealed during E3 2021 (so far). We’ve got the best of the best — from heavy hitters like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to indie standouts like Replaced — so continue scrolling or click through the gallery below for our full list of this year’s can’t-miss announcements.

This article will be updated following Nintendo’s E3 Direct and Bandai Namco’s E3 showcase.

Biggest Games Announced at E3 2021

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

The rumored Guardians of the Galaxy game was officially announced during the Square Enix E3 showcase. Developed by Eidos Montreal, the studio behind the recent Deus Ex games, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a single-player action-adventure game in which you’ll play as Star-Lord, though you’ll be accompanied by Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax throughout. Best of all: It’s coming later this year, on October 26.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, a sequel to Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, was revealed during the Ubisoft E3 showcase. The Nintendo-Ubisoft collaboration will feature more open locations than the 2017 original, as well as more fluid combat. Sparks of Hope is scheduled for a 2022 release on Switch.

The Outer Worlds 2

Obsidian has begun work on a follow-up to its spacefaring RPG, The Outer Worlds. The sequel was announced during the Xbox E3 showcase with a tongue-in-cheek teaser that makes clear this game is in early development. The Outer Worlds 2 will be exclusive to Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

A Borderlands spinoff starring fan-favorite character Tiny Tina was announced during Summer Game Fest: Kickoff Live! Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is set in “an unpredictable fantasy world,” creative director Matt Cox told IGN, that seemingly plays like the Borderlands 2 DLC Assault on Dragon Keep, with the game world constantly evolving to fit the narrative spun by Tina. The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, and Ashly Burch.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a new, souls-inspired take on the classic JRPG series. It’s being developed by Ninja Gaiden and Nioh studio Team Ninja, and while Stranger of Paradise “feels different,” creative producer Tetsuya Nomura says “there’s no doubt that the blood of Final Fantasy runs through its veins.”

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut

Death Stranding is making the generational leap to PS5 as Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. Hideo Kojima didn’t reveal a release window or what (if any) new content would be included with the next-gen version. However, we’re likely to learn more soon, as a “full reveal” is only weeks away.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 is officially coming to Xbox and PC on November 9. The latest iteration of Playground Games’ excellent arcade-style racer takes the series to Mexico and is described as “the largest, most diverse Horizon ever.” Check out the video above for a look at Horizon 5’s stunning debut trailer.

Redfall

Redfall is an open-world, 1-to-4-player vampire shooter from Arkane Studios, the developer behind Dishonored and Prey. As we’ve come to expect from Arkane, Redfall was revealed with a hyper-stylized trailer showcasing the game’s four heroes and their abilities. It’s coming in Summer 2022, exclusively to Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Contraband

Contraband is another co-op, open-world Xbox console exclusive revealed during E3. Developed by Avalanche Studios (Just Cause) in collaboration with Xbox Game Studios, Contraband is described as a “co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan.” It will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem, a sequel to 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence, is also coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch. Announced for Xbox Series X|S and PC, A Plague Tale: Requiem is a direct sequel that features the return of protagonists Amicia and Hugo.

Somerville

Somerville is an eerie, eye-catching new adventure from the creator of Inside. It’ll be released in 2022 as an Xbox console launch exclusive, as well as a Day One Game Pass game.

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jurassic World Evolution 2 was announced during Summer Game Fest by Dr. Ian Malcolm himself, Jeff Goldblum. Like its predecessor, Evolution 2 is a park-building sim in which you construct and run your own Jurassic Park. The game’s story takes place directly after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Replaced

With exceptional 2.5 art and a heavy cyberpunk vibe, Replaced was a standout during the Xbox showcase. Set in a dystopian alternate version of 1980s USA, you play as R.E.A.C.H., an AI trapped in a human body against its will. The promising action-adventure will launch on Xbox Game Pass in 2022.

Metal Slug Tactics

Metal Slug returns with an all-new, strategy-based spin on the classic run-and-gun series. Metal Slug Tactics will feature the return of Marco, Eri, Fio, and Tarma, as well as classic Metal Slug weaponry.

The Anacrusis

The Anacrusis is a new co-op shooter from former Valve writer Chet Faliszek. The trailer shows gameplay reminiscent of Valve’s Left 4 Dead series, which Faliszek previously worked on. It’s an Xbox console exclusive that will launch on Game Pass and feature cross-play with PC.

Immortality

The next game from Her Story creator Sam Barlow is Immortality, a narrative-driven mystery about a missing actress. The project’s writing team includes Barlow, Allan Scott (Queen’s Gambit), Amelia Gray (Mr. Robot), and David Lynch collaborator Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart, Lost Highway).

For more on this year’s show, you can check out our full E3 schedule and recap, as well as our list of every confirmed E3 game available to preorder.

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