June is the month of game events and announcements. And although everything is mostly online this year, 2021 is no different.
E3 2021 is fully digital this year, as are most events that are running alongside it. That means even more streams to watch than usual, and a schedule over the next few weeks that’s jam-packed with gaming goodness. E3 itself kicks off on 12th June, but other events are kicking off at least a week earlier than that and don’t tail off until, oh, the end of July. Just to keep you busy.
The bulk of what to watch out for, though, is happening in the next two weeks. So without further ado, here’s every gaming event this summer 2021 – that we know about so far, anyway. To E3, and beyond!
We’ll update the schedule as and when new events are announced.
Saturday 5th June
- Indie Live Expo 2021 – 10am BST/5am ET
Aired from Japan, Indie Live Expo promises to “introduce the latest news and upcoming announcements of indie games”. According to the website, there’s over 300 games to be introduced.
- Guerrilla Collective – 4pm BST/11am ET
The second time the event has been held, Guerrilla Collective again focuses on indie games. It kicks off on Saturday 5th June, and continues at the same time on the 12th June. The website says: “A digital games festival to reveal fresh announcements, trailers, gameplay and more, bringing together some of the hottest developers and publishers around the world”.
Wednesday 9th June
- Battlefield reveal – 3pm BST/10am ET
EA has a full show in July, but not wanting to miss out on the E3 buzz, it’s hosting a stream to show off the next Battlefield game.
Thursday 10th June
- Summer Game Fest – 7pm BST/2pm ET
Geoff Keighley is back with his games extravaganza. Technically, some other events fall under the umbrella of ‘Summer Game Fest’ too, but we’ve listed them separately. This is the main ‘World Premiere Showcase’, where a bunch of new games will be shown off. Oh, and a performance by Weezer, apparently.
Friday 11th June
- Koch Primetime – 8pm BST/3pm ET
Koch – the publisher of Saints Row and Metro, among other big IPs – is hosting its own event for the first time ever. You can read more about it here.
- IGN Expo – 9pm BST/4pm ET
IGN’s got its own showcase as usual, promising “new game reveals, never-before-seen gameplay, and announcements you won’t hear from anyone else”.
Saturday 12th June
- Guerrilla Collective – 4pm BST/11am ET
The second part of Guerrilla Collective, following on from 5th June.
- Wholesome Direct – 6pm BST/1pm ET
An indie-focused showcase, bringing footage, interviews and announcements from over 75 games.
- Ubisoft Forward – 8pm BST/3pm ET
Ubisoft’s annual showcases are usually entertaining, and usually reveal some big games. We’d expect a look at Far Cry 6, Riders Republic, and maybe some news on the delayed Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. Information on Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed Valhalla DLC seems like a cert. Skull & Bones? Maybe. Something new? Hopefully.
Sunday 13th June
- Xbox + Bethesda Showcase – 6pm BST/1pm ET
Since Microsoft owns Bethesda now, it makes sense for the two previously-separate companies to merge into one show. We’re expecting a look at some upcoming Xbox Series X games, and hopefully some imminent release dates.
- Square Enix Presents – 8.15pm BST/3.15pm ET
Square Enix’s own presentation promises a world premiere of a new game from Eidos Montreal, an update on Babylon’s Fall, a new look at Life is Strange: True Colors, and more.
- PC Gaming Show and Future Games Show – TBA
Since Future owns PC Gamer, it makes sense for the two shows to be combined into one. We’re waiting on an exact time to be announced, but they promise to provide a stage to major releases and smaller projects alike.
Monday 14th June
- LRG3 – 9pm BST/4pm ET
Physical games publisher Limited Run wants its own slice of E3 action, so is hosting an hour-long presentation. It promises over 25 announcements “about new games, physical editions of cult favourites, and reprints of classic titles”.
- Razer – 11pm BST/6pm ET
The PC peripherals company enthusiastic about RBG lighting is hosting its own E3 keynote for the first time. Expect some new products to be announced.
Tuesday 15th June
- Nintendo Direct – 5pm BST/12pm ET
Lasting approximately 40 minutes, Nintendo’s annual showcase should offer a glimpse at some upcoming Nintendo games (fingers crossed for Breath of the Wild 2 news!) and undoubtedly some brand new announcements.
Wednesday 16th June
- Steam Next Fest – 6pm BST/1pm ET
Usually called the Steam Game Festival, it’s now Steam Next Fest. It’s a week-long celebration of upcoming games, filled with developer livestreams and hundreds of demos available to download and play.
Wednesday 23rd June
- Sonic Symphony Orchestra – 8pm BST/3pm ET
Okay, so not an announcement showcase per se, but something exciting all the same. It’s a celebration of 30 years of Sonic music, with a selection of tracks being played by a full orchestra. Not to be missed.
Tuesday 6th July
- Nacon Connect – 6pm BST/1pm ET
Publisher Nacon is hosting its own event. Expect a look at Blood Bowl 3, Steelrising, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong and Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.
Thursday 22nd July
- EA Play Live – TBA
‘More details are coming soon’, according to the website. But we can expect a showcase of upcoming games from EA, including its usual line-up of sports titles.