The event’s series of curated live-streamed videos, coordinated by the Entertainment Software Association, began on Saturday and was highlighted Sunday by Microsoft’s Xbox division and Bethesda Softworks when they showed a trailer for the much-anticipated space RPG “Starfield” and a new look at gameplay from “Halo Infinite.” Square Enix followed with a look at its new Guardians of the Galaxy game, based on the Marvel comic. Monday, by comparison, was more subdued, while Nintendo accounted for all of the major news Tuesday.
Launcher, The Washington Post’s video game coverage team, broke down all the biggest announcements from the E3 stream, with news updates and analysis from all of the major showcases.
Check out the top moments from the last four days above. Below, Launcher recaps the biggest moments from the virtual conference.
Here’s what you need to know:
• Tuesday’s spotlight belonged to Nintendo who used it to reveal its new 2-D Metroid game, titled “Metroid Dread.” It capped its show with new footage for its upcoming sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” and advertised a 2022 release.
• Xbox has often been criticized for its lack of exclusive games, but that seems to be changing. Its showcase with Bethesda leaned into exclusive titles like “Starfield," “Halo Infinite” and a new shooter game called “Redfall.” Earlier this week, Xbox announced its Game Pass streaming service will be availably directly through smart TVs and phones.
• Day 1 of E3 delivered little excitement outside of a trio of Ubisoft reveals. Those included a Mario crossover with Nintendo, and a trailer for the studio’s upcoming game based on James Cameron’s film “Avatar.”
• The first big announcement of E3 2021 was actually about E3 2022, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti welcoming the convention back to his city for its usual in-person format next year.
• Monday’s showcases included an interactive panel on diversity in the gaming industry from Take Two and was highlighted by Capcom’s presentation of new content for some of the company’s biggest game series, Resident Evil and Monster Hunter.
• The premier event on the gaming world calendar, E3 began after video game companies got tired of being overshadowed at the Consumer Electronic Show. Here’s its origin story and a glimpse at where it’s going next.