After a turbulent and absent 2020, everyone who loves gaming was excited for the return of the famous E3, event with 26 years of history that showed us so many great games over this time. But 2021’s edition wasn’t so glorius.
CAPCOM / TAKE TWO DISASTER
The 3rd day of presentations had potential to be an amazing day for the conference. Capcom has returned with everything in the last few years, mainly with Resident Evil. Take Two owns Rockstar, that generates hype only by talking about it. Two companies that we can expect everything, and what do we get? GTA VI? GTA San Andreas Remastered? Red Dead Online DLC? Bully? Max Payne? Resident Evil 4 Remake? Dino Crisis? Devil May Cry? No.
We got an chitchat about inclusion and diversity in gaming (not saying that we shouldn’t discuss inclusion, but the E3 stage is a place to talk about games first, being the essence of the exposition) and 2 new level B franchises games from Capcom: Ace Attorney and Monster Hunter.
Although they were the worst presentations, with the exception of Xbox/Bethesda and Nintendo, the rest wasn’t so great either. Of course E3 have the pandemic to blame, but it’s not only that. Even in normal times, every year the exposition loses strentgh and influence. Playstation, Blizzard, EA, and others left, maybe due to the bad management from ESA (Entertainment Software Association), or maybe it’s more advantageous to make their own events.
NEW GAMES: XBOX AND NINTENDO
But not everything is unsalvageable. Xbox and Nintendo made this E3 worth a dollar. On the green side, a big surprise is that Halo Infinite (Multiplayer) will be free to play, following a trend marked by the sucess of games like Fortnite and Warzone. Another noticible games: Forza Horizon 5 (it looks amazing by the way); Stalker 2; Starfield, the new Bethesda spatial game; and others.
Nintendo’s job is to hype people, and they know how to do it. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was incredible, and it is finally getting it’s sequel. The new game looks a lot like the first, starting by showing Link falling, and we can see floating islands, remembering a lot Skyward Sword (game that will receive a remaster coming in july). Another noticible things: Metroid: Dread (Returning to the classic 2D style); Mario Party Superstars; Shin Megami Tensei V.