The most exciting E3 games actually releasing this year
Starfield is a full 17 months away. Elden Ring arrives in January. Obsidian is making The Outer Worlds 2, but its trailer was a silly cutscene – we won’t be playing it for years. This is often the way it is at E3, with the big game announcements that get us excited about games long before they’re finished. And it can be fun. But isn’t it better to watch a trailer and realize that the game can be in your hands in just a few months?
Every game here is released soon. Or at least soon. 2021! It’s this year, and it’s been pretty quiet for new games so far, but summer and fall are improving. It’s the best of 2021 that E3 had to offer.
The door of death
When is it? July 20
Why we are so happy: Bird with sword
The concept behind Death’s Door is just super cool – a crow whose nine-to-five job is to collect souls from the dead. But then! A soul is stolen and you must find it through strange lands. This is simply a wonderful top-down action game from an indie team who have proven they know how to make the action flow smoothly in 2015 Titan Souls. Looking back, Titan Souls appears to be. a dry race for those developers who are really getting creative. Death’s Door is really leading the charge for # Year of the bird.
When is it? 23 september
Why we are so excited: The atmosphere. And no more delays!
Sable was due out in 2019, and two years later we’re finally going to play it. Sable makes a heck of an impression with its art style and lonely vibe – it’s perfect for trailers, in other words, making us curious about how effectively that translates into a full game. Shadow of the Colossus was a masterpiece of solitary exploration. Can Sable achieve something similar? Will the Japanese Breakfast soundtrack be the best game music of the year? Is this hoverbike as fun to ride as it looks? These are long-standing questions to which we will know the answer in three months.
Forza Horizon 5
When did it come out: November 9
Why we are so happy: “There is no tricks, it’s in the game”
Damn, this game is pretty. The Forza Horizon series is a constant delight – we loved Horizon 3 and 4 – and Forza Horizon 5 feels like an absolute stunner. Sim racing games tend to push PCs and consoles really hard, especially when it comes to the raw details of car models, but Horizon maintains that pedigree while being much more accessible than a sim. We wrote an entire article about its technology here, but there are also new features for online play that seem designed to make it easier to connect with friends and run. And you can design your own races this time around. And there is a volcano. Can we play it again?
When is it? Fall 2021
Why we are so happy: Absolver was awesome, kung fu is cool
Sifu had a cool nightclub fight trailer at E3, but our interest is mostly based on guesswork right now: he’s a solo kung fu brawler from Sloclap, a developer who might be able to. to produce a very, very good kung fu brawler. We don’t have a clear idea of how Sifu’s combat system works, but Sloclap created Absolver’s complex and customizable fights, so expect something thought-provoking and thoughtful. Unlike Absolver, however, Sifu won’t include multiple fighting styles, but instead will focus on a specific kung fu school, Pak Mei, with consultation from a style master – a detail we learned when we did. interviewed Sifu’s executive producer earlier this year. Lily this interview with Sifu for more details.
Republic of the Cavaliers
When is it? September 2
Why we are so excited: Large-scale extreme sports (ly goofy)
Many open-world games position themselves as “playgrounds,” but Riders Republic’s massive map is actually a vast playground for many extreme sports. In Ubisoft’s gameplay we saw snowboards, bikes, jetpacks, paramotors, wingsuits and parachutes. Somehow they all look equally fun, like how I couldn’t decide between hovercraft, kart, or airplane in Diddy Kong Racing. Ubisoft also relies heavily on player numbers. These clips of dozens of players rolling down the same hill on bikes remind us of the dizzying chaos of Fall Guys (but in a format we actually want to play). It’s deliberately wacky, vibrant, and released in just a few months.
When is it? 2021
Why we are so excited: Confusion
It’s a little hard to get excited about new deckbuilders right now. There are many! But Inscryption looks weird and even creepy, not things we usually associate with card games. The developer’s description makes it clear that we’re into something unusual here, mixing roguelike with “escape room style puzzles and psychological horror in a bloody smoothie.” When you learn, it’s from the developer of Pony Island, it’s starting to make a lot more sense. Likely candidate for a dormant hit later this year.
When is it? “Holidays 2021”
Why we are so happy: Multiplayer
Infinite’s multiplayer looks really promising. It will be a free to play game, a big change for Halo. Some of the new inclusions are really smart: There’s a practice mode to introduce players to the basics of Halo, and for the first time ever, you’ll be able to set up bot matches to practice against.
The multiplayer sequences we’ve seen so far look really fun – introducing new gear abilities like the grappling hook and a deployable shield, but staying largely true to the feel of movement and shooting in classic Halo. Hopefully Infinite’s campaign is great as well, but this seems like the first time in over a decade that Halo’s multiplayer could be really big. Also, it’s just cool that for the first time in Halo history it will be available on day one on PC.
When is it? 22 october
Why we are so happy: This part in the trailer with the jet and the bazooka
It was time for Battlefield to get really good again, right? I’m not talking about Battle-old World War 2, I’m talking about creepy jets, tanks, and (apparently) grappling hooks. Battlefield 2042 returns to a modern (near-future) setting with a revamped class system focused on specialists with unique gadgets. That, and the fact that DICE is focusing entirely on multiplayer which supports up to 128 players, is very exciting news.
Battlefield is best when you desperately fight for a flag and dodge tank fire as two jets suddenly collide in the air. DICE’s first trailer totally embraces this attitude.
Trash can of death
When did it come out: 5 August
Why we are so excited: Death (also trash can)
Honestly, why would you want to play something cyberpunk when you could instead play Death Trash, a gorepunk early access game soon. The excellent name aside, Death Trash feels like an RPG with a singular aesthetic, the kind of messed up world you’re made to see more of, even though you know it’s going to be overwhelming. More games that make it hard to sleep at night, please.
When is it? Fall 2021
Why we are so happy: Playing with our food
When we said this soup looked hot, we thought. Realistically rendered food makes us hungry, but it also satisfies on a deeper level. It’s great when the games can focus on a simple concept and execute it with love – in this case, being able to make something like 100 recipes, including grills and kebabs. It’s true: we are going beyond soup. The recipes are taken from Filipino and South Asian cuisine and have been verified by chefs, so you’ll be able to cook them for real as well.
When did it come out: 5 August
Why we are so happy: Isometric Colony Building
Chucklefish’s long-awaited space station builder appeared at E3 this year with a welcome announcement of the Early Access release date. Just watching the space stations come to life in the trailer sells Starmancer. They look so cool – pixel art conveys real personality, and it’s easy to imagine scrolling through a completed station admiring it, like a thriving town in Cities Skylines. There’s also a bit of combat and crazy science in the trailer that hints at what you’ll be doing other than building space utopias. It looks fantastic before you even find out that Starmancer is the product of a two-person development team.
When did it come out: Fall 2021
Why we are so excited: Beloved South Korean MMO Finally Localized
Lost Ark is not a new game, but it has never been playable in the West. This is finally changing thanks to Amazon Game Studios, and we wrote about why is it exciting. The short version is that Lost Ark’s Diablo style combat is a lot of fun in an MMO, and it has other cool features, like MMO relationships and the ability to build a ship, navigate the ocean and to set up your own island. Action-RPG players who fight their way through Diablo 2: Resurrected may also want to give Lost Ark a try.