(Pocket-lint) – The world’s biggest gaming show will take place this year. However, like 2020, the ongoing pandemic means it will be a virtual-only affair.
Still, while we might not be reporting from Los Angeles itself, there will be big announcements and press events aplenty. And, you will be able to watch the whole thing from your own home.
Here then is all the information and what to expect from E3 2021: Game On.
What is E3 and when does it start?
E3 is generally a three-day expo for games, with some of the world’s biggest publishers and console manufacturers showing the titles that will be coming out later that year and beyond.
It is usually held in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. However, as with 2020, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic means the entire event will be streamed online only.
So, you will have to watch the entire shebang from the safety of your own home. We hope to have all the livestream details closer the time (perhaps even host them here on Pocket-lint). For now though, here are the dates to mark in your diary.
E3 2021 dates
- Saturday 12 June
- Sunday 13 June
- Monday 14 June
- Tuesday 15 June
Three hosts have been announced to front the livestreams; Greg Miller (Kinda Funny), Jacki Jing (IGN, Nerdist), and esports commentator Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez. They will guide you through the four-day event, with publisher and developer interviews and more.
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Certainly, plenty of big name publishers are taking part. And, It is likely there will be special events throughout – an Xbox Showcase, for example.
E3 2021: How to keep track
We’ll be covering E3 throughout the week here on Pocket-lint, but organiser, the ESA, has announced an online portal and app for smartphones that will help you keep track of all the announcements.
There will be “virtual booths” for different attending companies, hosted events, online forums and much more – all accessible either through a browser or the dedicated app.
Registration will be free and will start from late May.
What to expect during E3 2021: Game On
“Developers will be showcasing their latest news and games directly to fans around the world,” said organiser of the show, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
So far, we don’t exactly know what games will be announced and/or highlighted, but we do have a list of some of the companies signed up to take part.
We’ll update with rumours or confirmed details in the coming weeks, but for now, here are the games industry giants that will be showcasing games during E3 2021:
E3 2021 company list
- Bandai Namco
- Devious Eye Entertainment
- Freedom Games
- Koch Media
- Square Enix
- Take-Two Interactive
- Turtle Beach
- Warner Bros. Games
- Xseed Games
More will be announced in the build-up to the event.
Writing by Rik Henderson.