E3 Gaming Event 2021
Microsoft teases new sci-fi Starfield
The biggest reveal of the weekend was undoubtedly Starfield, an upcoming sci-fi epic from Microsoft’s Bethesda.
Microsoft bought the Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in an industry-shaking deal announced last year. One of the main outcomes analysts expected from the takeover was Xbox exclusivity for some Bethesda titles.
Microsoft wasted no time in bringing out the big guns, and in a joint press conference with Bethesda on Sunday, announced that Starfield would launch Nov. 11, 2022, exclusively on the Xbox Series X and S consoles and PC. Microsoft has long been seen as lagging behind Sony when it comes to exclusives — games that only run on one system. AAA franchises like The Last of Us and God of War were key to the success of Sony’s PlayStation 4, and the company is taking a similar strategy with the PS5.
Here are a few other highlights from Microsoft’s E3 showcase:
A first look at online multiplayer for the new Halo Infinite, the latest offering in the Halo series. Microsoft announced the game will release in the 2021 holiday season, after last years delay due to criticism of its graphic appearance.
An official trailer for Forza Horizon 5 racing title, due for a November 9th release date.
Microsoft unveiled Redfall, a new multiplayer shooter from the developers behind Dishonored and Prey, announcing a summer 2021 release window.
Ubisoft reveals Avatar game
Ubisoft made a few big announcements at its E3 show on Saturday. The French publisher gave fans a closer look at the story of Far Cry 6, the sixth main instalment of the popular Far Cry series. The game, which features Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame, launches on Oct. 7.
Ubisoft also showed off Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction, the newest entry in the Rainbow Six tactical shooter series. The game was initially going to be called Rainbow Six: Quarantine, but Ubisoft changed it due to controversy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Extraction debuts on Sept. 16.
Guardians of the Galaxy & Elden Rings
Elden Ring comes out on Jan. 21, 2022. The game’s publisher will be Bandai Namco.
Square Enix revealed a new game based on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” A single-player title, unlike another game based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel’s Avengers, which got a mixed reception when it released in September.