At long last, E3 2021 is finally underway. This year’s edition is all-digital, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t chock-full of exciting new game trailers and hardware. Plus, it means we can all enjoy the show from the comfort of our own homes.
Although the biggest events are yet to come, we’ve already seen some great E3 2021 game announcements for titles coming out in the near future. We have a lot of gamers on staff here at Android Authority, so we picked out our favorites so far and listed them below.
We’ll also update the list as more games are announced in the coming week, so stay tuned!
Ok, so technically Elden Ring was first revealed back at E3 2019, but the new game trailer above has so much more packed in there that we would be remiss not to include it. Billed as a collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls) and George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones), it should be one of the biggest releases of 2022.
Judging by the trailer, it looks like it will deliver on all fronts. It doesn’t seem as “dark” as the Dark Souls series, but still features some truly terrifying character and boss designs. It’s also open-world and filled with mysteries to explore, but without any towns full of villagers to run quests for. Instead, it’s all about high-difficulty dungeons and big, bad bosses.
Metal Slug Tactics
The Metal Slug series has pretty much perfected the side-scrolling run & gun genre, but now it’s time for Marco, Eri, Fio, and Tarma to tackle a whole new genre. Metal Slug Tactics is an isometric tactics-style turn-based RPG that looks to adapt the over-the-top action of Metal Slug to slower (but still over-the-top) gameplay.
We don’t know too much about the title beyond the E3 2021 trailer above, but the Steam page does mention roguelike elements and procedurally generated level designs, so there should be plenty of replayability.
There’s no release date listed yet, and for now it’s only coming to PC.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
One big surprise E3 2021 game announcement was Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Essentially a spinoff of the Borderlands series, it builds on the Borderlands 2 expansion Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. In it, you’ll fight dragons, goblins, and other fantasy creatures using the same guns and looter-shooter gameplay you’re used to from other titles in the series.
And make no mistake about it, this is a full-fledged AAA game. It has a full campaign, co-op, and even some endgame content to grind through. The game also features the same great talent lineup, with Ashly Burch, Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, and Will Arnett reprising their roles.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will come out on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in early 2022.
EA jumped the E3 2021 gun with its announcement of Battlefield 2042, but you won’t have to wait long to learn more. The trailer itself is a teaser for a June 13 gameplay reveal event, so stay tuned for that this weekend.
The game will feature new dynamic environments, new vehicles, and new levels of carnage. There’s something about a refugee crisis and a war between the US and Russia going on in the background, but there’s no single-player or campaign mode so you can safely ignore that and focus on the incredible 128-man battles.
Battlefield 2042 is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on October 22, 2021. However, enormous maps and 128-man battles will be exclusive to next-gen consoles, with other platforms limited to the standard 64-man battle sizes.
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Two Point Campus
Fans of the management sim Two Point Hospital will be happy to learn that the same studio is back with a university-themed spinoff. Two Point Campus, as the name implies, puts you in charge of designing and running a college university.
This time you can take to the great outdoors and design the entire campus from hedgerows and pathways to lecture halls and food services. There’s a lot to do, and your decisions will affect the lives of all enrolled students and staff.
Two Point Campus is coming to PC and all consoles sometime in 2022.