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While E3 2021 is shifting to an all-digital format this year, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be light on announcements. Dozens of popular publishers have already scheduled their press conferences – including Nintendo and Microsoft – and it’s shaping up to be a massive, multi-day event.
The free convention will take place from June 12th to June 15th, with a variety of showcases, commentaries and gameplay trailers broadcasting live to anyone interested in watching. Most companies are keeping their plans tightly under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating on what we’ll see during the iconic event.
Here are the most exciting rumors surrounding E3 2021 and the probability of them coming true.
Rockstar Finally Reveals GTA VI
Everybody is ready for a new Grand Theft Auto. After launching on all consoles under the sun – and prepping for a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X release later this year – fans are more than ready to hear about a successor to GTA V. The official E3 Twitter account added fuel to the fire earlier this month when it gave a cheeky response to a fan asking about a GTA announcement, but don’t hold your breath for anything groundbreaking – neither the E3 account nor Rockstar has made anything official.
Rockstar also seems more than content to take a “sit and wait” approach with GTA VI, as GTA Online continues to generate unimaginable revenue and GTA V continues to sell like hotcakes nearly eight years after launch.
Saints Row Makes a Return
With Koch Media – the owner of Saints Row‘s developer, Deep Silver – confirmed as an E3 partner, news of a Saints Row announcement has been making rounds on the internet. Of course, Koch Media is associated with much more than just the purple space gangsters, but we’re optimistic for a big reveal this June. Beyond remasters and ports, the franchise has been quiet over the past few years. Revealing a new Saints Row for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at E3 would be a great move for the franchise and its millions of fans.
Elden Ring Gets Less Cryptic
Despite making an appearance two years ago at E3 2019, we still know almost nothing about the upcoming FromSoftware project. We’ve learned George R.R. Martin is involved, seen a few concept images and – well, that’s about it. It’d be great to see the highly anticipated game make another showing at E3, but word around the web says not to get your hopes up.
Nintendo Switch Pro Official Reveal
We’ve heard a lot of unofficial rumors regarding a Switch Pro console, but nothing is yet to be announced directly from Nintendo. If the console was ever to make a debut, E3 seems like the place that would happen. Plenty of reputable sources claim the new console is well into development, and we’d be disappointed if a portion of Nintendo’s press conference wasn’t dedicated to the long-rumored device. Then again, Nintendo marches to the beat of its own drum, and it’s hard to predict what its showcase will bring whenever E3 rolls around each year.
Breath of the Wild 2 Gets a Gameplay Trailer
It’s been a long time coming, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is rumored to be making an appearance at this year’s E3. The news comes from Jeff Grubb, a prominent member of the gaming community and a well-known – and reliable – source of early information. Unfortunately, Grubb won’t go as far as to confirm Breath of the Wild 2 for E3, but he thinks there’s a high probability of it showing up during Nintendo’s showcase.
Nintendo Talks About Metroid Prime 4
About four years have gone by since Metroid Prime 4 made its debut, and little news has leaked in the years since. We know development restarted back in 2019, although Nintendo is keeping its cards close with its beloved FPS franchise. If Nintendo wants to thrust the forgotten game back into the spotlight, E3 2021 is the place to do it. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard any rumblings of a Metroid showcase – although we’ll hold out hope Nintendo comes out swinging.
2D Metroid Reveal and Release Date
Metroid Prime 4 isn’t the only Samus-centric game rumored to show up at E3 2021. According to a new set of leaks, a 2D Metroid game from MercurySteam will not only make an appearance, but it’ll be revealed as a finished product with a release date just around the corner. Beyond that, not much is known. The leaker seems confident in their prediction, but no one else is stepping forward to corroborate the info – we’ll file this one under “Cautiously Optimistic.”
A Closer Look at Pokémon Legends Arceus
Pokémon Legends Arceus recently set its release date for January 28th, and plenty of folks believe E3 2021 is where The Pokémon Company will show off its new take on the age-old Pokémon formula. Nothing has been announced so far, but Nintendo is gearing up for a massive showcase and it seems like it would be a missed opportunity to not reveal a few minutes of new Arceus gameplay.
More News About Splatoon 3
Splatoon has one of the most passionate communities in all of gaming, but they’re often forced to go months on end without any news regarding their favorite game. Splatoon 3 was revealed last February, although it’s gone silent in the following months. There’s a possibility it’ll at least receive a new set of gameplay footage during E3 but – like all things Nintendo – it’s hard to predict what exactly will be on display, if anything.
Rainbow Six Quarantine Gets a New Name
Despite the popularity of Rainbow Six Siege, nobody seems to be talking about the upcoming Rainbow Six Quarantine – including Ubisoft. Still, the game is slated for a 2021 launch, and Ubisoft is probably eager to show off the changes that have taken place over the course of its rocky development. Ubisoft is yet to confirm a Quarantine appearance, but we’d be surprised if it didn’t get an extended look during E3 – especially with a release date that’s expected to only be a few months away.
Starfield and Halo Infinite Gameplay Footage
Xbox and Bethesda are hosting a joint press conference this year, and they recently released a teaser image featuring artwork from both Halo Infinite and Starfield – all but confirming the two titles will make an appearance. The joint press conference is slated to run for 90 minutes, so prepare for plenty of footage of Bethesda’s mysterious Starfield along with a renewed look at Halo Infinite.
Square Enix Announces a New Final Fantasy Game
Final Fantasy XVI is already well into development, but it sounds like Square Enix is preparing to show off a second Final Fantasy game at E3. According to a new leak, Team Ninja is working with Square to create an action game set in the Final Fantasy universe. Dubbed Final Fantasy Origin, the game is expected to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive and see a playable demo later this summer. No doubt this would be a massive announcement from Square Enix, but we’re optimistic there’s a kernel of truth to the rumors.
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