E3 2021 is almost here. Just like in 2020, there's no physical convention this year, which means a free-for-all of press conferences and livestreams taking place throughout June and July. But the big names like Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Microsoft (as well as our own PC gaming show) are mostly concentrating in an "official" E3 period this year, starting June 12.
Here's a schedule of every event happening this year for E3 2021.
When is E3 2021?
All summer! Well, okay, not really: E3 has some "official" dates again, with livestreams running from June 12 – June 15, 2021. But just like last year, publishers have decided to host their own events whenever they see fit. The first big E3 stream this year is Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live on June 10th, and it's going to be a busy few days after that.
Here's every summer gaming event announced so far.
E3 schedule: Wednesday June 9
EA Play Live isn't until July, but EA decided not to wait to show off what's coming next with Battlefield. A reveal event for the new game lands on Wednesday, before E3 even gets going full steam.
E3 schedule: Thursday June 10
Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live
Geoff Keighley hosts the start of his Summer Game Fest just before the official E3 events. He promises "more than a dozen world premieres and announcements." Also, Weezer's gonna be there.
E3 schedule: Friday June 11
Netflix Geeked Week
Netflix is highlighting "geeky" shows all week, but Friday's event, hosted by Geoff Keighley, is devoted to shows based on games. Expect The Witcher Season 2 to get a new trailer, and for the Resident Evil CG series to appear as well.
Koch Media (the big company behind publisher Deep Silver and games like Metro and Saint's Row) is holding its own streaming event as part of Summer Game Fest.
E3 Schedule: Saturday June 12
Expect to see more Far Cry 6 at Ubisoft's show this year. What else is likely? Rabbids, lots of Just Dancing, and maybe a new Assassin's Creed.
Start time: TBA
The Borderlands studio is bound to talk Borderlands, whether its new events or DLC for Borderlands 3 or possibly a trailer for the Borderlands movie. We may also see announcements for any new games Gearbox is publishing.
The Guerilla Collective
Indie games galore! As part of its event, The Guerrilla Collective will also hosting streams for Black Voices in Gaming and Wholesome Direct.
E3 Schedule: Sunday June 13
Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase
This should be a big show this year, with Microsoft bringing series like Halo and Forza to E3 along with Bethesda's debut of Starfield. Will we see more of Obsidian's Avowed and get a Psychonauts 2 release date? Entirely possible!
Square Enix Presents
So far, Square Enix says it will be debuting a new game from Eidos-Montréal. They'll also be talking about Marvel's Avengers, Babylon's Fall, and Life Is Strange: True Colors.
PC Gaming Show
The PC Gaming Show returns! Expect lots of games for the Sony PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch… just kidding. It's going to be full of cool new PC games, of course.
Future Games Show
Our sister show from GamesRadar+ will back us up with more game reveals.
Warner Bros Games
Start Time: TBA
According to the ESA, Warner Bros games will be featured on Sunday, meaning possibly some Gotham Knights talk. Back 4 Blood is specifically mentioned as well, which WB is publishing.
E3 Schedule: Monday June 14
We can probably expect to hear about any of Capcom's upcoming and ongoing Monster Hunter games during their show, and perhaps talk of Resident Evil Village DLC.
T2 can always be expected to talk about their upcoming sports games. Rockstar is their other huge name, who will likely be talking about future Red Dead Redemption 2 Online and GTA Online updates. We can always hope for official mention of GTA 6.
Indie game publisher Freedom Games has several upcoming games they might talk about. They've definitely mentioned unveiling a release date for their strategy RPG Dark Deity.
Razer will be revealing some new products during their keynote event on Monday and hosting "RazerStore Live" afterwords with a closer look.
E3 Schedule: Tuesday June 15
Nintendo Direct + Treehouse Live
This year's Nintendo Direct promises "roughly 40 minutes of info focused exclusively on Nintendo Switch software, mostly releasing in 2021." The Treehouse Live follows with three more hours of gameplay.
Will we see Elden Ring? It could happen. More likely we'll get an additional look at Bandai Namco's upcoming Tales of Arise and Scarlet Nexus.
More summer gaming events
Most of the summer gaming events are concentrated from June 10 – June 13, but that's not all of them. Here's what else is coming throughout the summer:
July 6 – Nacon Connect
Nacon is hosting its own showcase again this year. SO far, the publisher has confirmed it will be talking about Blood Bowl 3, Steelrising, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, and a few other upcoming games.
July 22 – EA Play Live
Maybe we'll hear something new about hit dodgeball game Knockout City—but we're really hoping for more on the next Dragon Age and whatever Star Wars games EA has cooking.
- The Guerrilla Collective is streaming on Saturday, June 5th and Saturday, June 12th and also hosting Black Voices in Gaming and Wholesome Direct on those days.
- Indie Live Expo will showcase more than 300 indie games from around the world in a five-hour show taking place on June 5.
- Geoff Keighley won't be involved with E3, but is bringing back his Summer Game Fest starting on June 10th.
- GDC 2021 will run the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards from July 19 – July 23.