The biggest gaming event of the year is in full swing. E3 is back up and running after taking off in 2020 due to the COVID-10 pandemic. This year, it’s an all-digital event featuring some of the biggest game publishers. However, things were much more confusing this time around. Events like the Summer Game Fest have split the game scene, turning the entire month of June into one big, ambiguous exhibit.
In fact, some of the biggest announcements of the month came before the event even kicked off. EA chose to reveal Battlefield 2042 on its own time, while the Summer Game Festival hits the coveted Elden Ring trailer reveal. However, there is still a lot of news left in the pool for a proper E3. This is our summary of the event, we will update with new information every day.
Let’s figure something out ahead: the functionally useless E3 app. As part of the reimagining exhibition, ESA created E3 . e-portal where users can browse the digital storefront. It has new social features and organizational tools that publishers are largely ignoring altogether. Furthermore, the app stopped working when the show’s launch stream went live. It’s safe to say that this is not the future of digital events.
Ubisoft was the star of day one with the Forward series. Due to several leaks, many of the company’s biggest surprises have surfaced earlier. Mario + Rabbids: Spark of Hope is a particularly important topic of the day after Nintendo accidentally leaked it early via a website. The Switch game looks especially cool with its new outer space theme.
Science fiction is a theme that runs through Ubisoft’s show. Rainbow Six: Mining is abandoning the military shooter format in favor of a coordinated alien shooter. And then Saturday’s biggest shock, Avatar: Pandora’s Border. The open world game is a great take on “one more thing,” offering a stunning look at an open-world game based on the James Cameron movie franchise. With Halo Infinite and Starfield (potentially) coming tomorrow, it looks like AAA publishers will focus on big-budget sci-fi movies.
Everything related to Earth outside E3. Wholesome Direct delivered a fun hour-long presentation full of cozy games (and lots of birds). Then there’s Devolver Digital, who have become E3’s anti-heroes in recent years. The publisher has provided another massive, satirical stream, filled with intriguing publications like Walk to Yomi.
The Gearbox also holds its own rollout, though it’s easy to be a fool of the day. Hateful humor and lack of new details about Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands made this more than just a lunch break.
Overall, it’s not a bad way to start the day except for the failure of the format itself. Ubisoft has provided a bunch of blockbusters and left-wing quirks setting the stage for a fun and stacked fall in 2022. Adjacent E3 streams from the publishers make the whole affair Events feel a bit confusing, but it’s hard to complain about having so many games to look forward to.