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E3 2021: BIGGEST HIGHLIGHTS

E3 2021 has come and gone, four days of game announcements, developer interviews and exciting showcases. While every announcement generated significant buzz in the gaming community, there were a few that stood out above others. 

Ubisoft Forward shocked the gaming world when it closed its showcase with a new trailer for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. The game was initially announced in 2017, but little had been heard about the project since and it was rumored to have quietly ceased development. The cinematic trailer teased gameplay and promised a world of adventure in the stand-alone story set in James Cameron’s Avatar universe. 

The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase debuted not two but three major trailers, starting with the long-awaited trailer for Starfield, Bethesda’s first original IP in over 25 years. The trailer didn’t reveal too much about gameplay or narrative, but it did give players a Nov. 11, 2022 release date. Xbox also premiered a new trailer for Halo Infinite, giving excited fans a glimpse of what’s to come in the beloved series’ next installment. 

Bethesda wrapped the showcase with a massive surprise: a trailer for Redfall, its second new IP in 25 years. An open-world co-op RPG, players must band together in Redfall to take out the legion of vampires who have taken residency in a small Massachusetts town.

 

Notably absent was any mention of The Elder Scrolls VI. Announced that it was in development in 2018, nothing has been heard about the project since.

VENN premiered a new episode for its show Origin Stories. The show is hosted by Hector Rodriguez, one of the original leaders in the esports industry and current owner and CEO of OpTic Gaming. In this episode, Rodriguez sat down with 100 Thieves founder and CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag and discussed the trials and tribulations of owning an esports organization.

 

The last major showcase of the event was Nintendo Direct. In addition to announcing a number of titles coming to the Nintendo Switch, the newest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter was announced. Tekken’s Kazuya will be joining the roster, bringing a unique Tekken stage and soundtrack with him. Nintendo ended the showcase with the highly-anticipated trailer to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, currently slated for a 2022 release.

E3 2022 is confirmed to be an in-person event, and will undoubtedly be teeming with more surprises and celebrations for the gaming community.

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