By: Juan Calvillo
Video game developers and publishers are showcasing this year’s new and upcoming games at the Entertainment Software Association’s 2021 Electronic Entertainment Exposition. From June 12 to 15, multiple gaming companies hold press conferences with announcements for current and future titles.
E3 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the 2021 event is in full swing. E3 started as an industry event, but it has morphed into both an industry and fan event in the 26 years it has been around . Saturday’s focus was on French developer Ubisoft and American developer Gearbox Software.
Ubisoft said it will be giving players a chance to step into the shoes of former “Far Cry” villains in future downloadable content for the next installment of its triple-A franchise, “Far Cry 6.” This villain’s DLC will include the main antagonists from the third through the fifth franchise’s installments. The characters will include Vaas, Pagan and Joseph from the third through the fifth installments respectively.
An intense section from “Far Cry 6” showing main villain Anton Castillo, voiced by Giancarlo Esposito, was played during the presentation. Giancarlo’s character was over the top and intimidating.
“Rainbow Six Extraction” releases on Sept. 16 for current and next generation systems. Ubisoft said the game will be a one-to-three player cooperative game. The story focuses on an evolving alien threat with player operators, the main characters, having new abilities through the game. Ubisoft said gameplay is about teamwork and outsmarting opponents.
Ubisoft also revealed the newest version of “Rocksmith” called “Rocksmith+.” The game helps guitar and bass players with training and adaptive skill levels. A PC closed beta, a test run for games, would be available online.
“Mario+Rabbids: Sparks of Hope” will continue the working relationship Ubisoft and Nintendo had in “Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.” The game will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
“Riders Republic” follows extreme sports player characters as they compete in sports like snowboarding and downhill cycling and releases Sept. 2. “Brawlhalla” adds the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as playable characters, and the “Ghost Recon” franchise celebrates its 20-year anniversary with new things for players to take part in.
Finally, “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s” second expansion releases summer of 2021. Called “The Siege of Paris,” the DLC will bring new abilities, equipment and enemies. Along with the DLC, Ubisoft will release “Discovery Tour: Viking Age” as part of the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise. This mode will allow players to live, work and learn about the viking world.
Gearbox Software’s presentation held true to the developers stylistically. The entire event was interwoven with fake ads for “Gearbox University.” The look of the advertisements was reminiscent of 80s ads. Gearbox founder and executive producer of the “Borderlands” franchise pushed the company’s upcoming “Borderlands” movie adaptation.
Gearbox and 2K will release “Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands” in early 2022. The game follows the looter-shooter mechanic that Gearbox is known for in other games. Gearbox said the game will follow a more fantasy-based aesthetic and story. The game will have connections to other titles, and will have a stand-alone plot.
“Homeworld 3” is currently in production. “Homeworld 2” was released almost 10 years ago. “Godfall” arrives on the Playstation 4 August 10. It will bring new loot types and a new expansion for the Playstation 5 version as well called “Fire and Darkness.”
“Tribes of Midgard” releases July 27 for PS4, PS5 and Steam. The action-role-playing game will focus on a Viking hero who is trying to protect the mythical tree, Yggdrasil. Protecting the tree will involve looting items and crafting tools, equipment and advancing the Viking village. The main threats come at night and with battling giants that attack the players.
June 13 will showcase Microsoft+Bethesda, SquareEnix, and Warner Bros. Games. The pre-show will begin at 8:45 a.m.. For event times and more information please check https://e3expo.com/.