E3 2021 schedule guide: All E3 conference dates, times, and streams announced so far

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by Matthew Reynolds, Associate Editor

Following a fragmented and often confusing to follow show last year, E3 2021 is mostly business as usual when it comes to its run of conferences.

Though there is no physical show, with organiser Entertainment Software Association (the ESA) opting for a free online-only event due to the ongoing pandemic, there is a return to a more familiar structure – a three day event, running June 12th to June 15th, with most major publishers taking part in a series of livestreams in the days up to the show.

This means, instead of multiple standalone announcements throughout the summer, we can expect the usual week-long rush of announcements. That said, some publishers (such as EA) are opting to host their own events later in the year, while others (such as Sony) are seemingly not doing much at all.

This page presents you with a complete E3 2021 conference schedule as we know it so far – running in chronological order – and will be updated as more events are announced.

E3 2021 explainers on this page:

  • E3 2021 conference schedule at a glance
  • Where is Sony’s conference at E3 2021?
  • What has been announced at E3 2021 so far?

Jump to see more details about every upcoming E3 stream, listed in chronological order:

  • Xbox Games Showcase: Extended – Thursday, June 17

Watch the latest episode of the Eurogamer News Cast, where our news team Wes, Emma and Tom discuss who won E3 2021.

And here are other streams coming later in the summer:

  • Nacon Connect – Tuesday, July 6
  • EA Play 2021 conference – Thursday, July 22
  • Annapurna Interactive Showcase – Thursday, July 29

If you’ve followed our E3 guides from previous years, as well as date and time details, we provide some background reading so you know what to expect ahead of time – but as always, there’s bound to be a few surprise announcements along the way.

As for E3 stream links, we’ll be populating the page with links as each press conference just as each one goes live. As is tradition, most shows will have dedicated live texts on the Eurogamer home page, so if in doubt, check there – it’ll be lovely for you to join us!

E3 2021 conference schedule at a glance

With last year’s conferences revealing not only the first next-gen games, but the consoles themselves, there’s no doubt this year’s showing will be more low key – especially when you factor in continued game delays due to the pandemic.

That said, it appears most publishers are eager to show something – and with the new generation only just warming up, there are bound to be some teasers to get people excited for what’s to come in the years to come.

Until then, here’s when every remaining E3 2021 conference is scheduled to go live at a glance.

E3 2021 schedule Conference Date (UK) UK time (BST) EU time (CEST) East Coast US time (EDT) West Coast US time (PDT)
Xbox Showcase: Extended Thursday, June 17 18:00 19:00 13:00 10:00
Nacon Connect Tuesday, July 6 18:00 19:00 13:00 10:00
EA Play 2021 Thursday, July 22 TBC TBC TBC TBC
Annapurna Interactive Showcase Thursday, July 29 20:00 21:00 15:00 12:00

* The following day

As well as the above confirmed dedicated showings, the ESA has confirmed other reveals for various publishers and games on the following days. Since these appear to be briefer showcases than the above conferences, here’s an overview of what to expect and when:

  • Saturday, June 12th: Gearbox (10pm UK, 2pm PDT)
  • Sunday, June 13th: 24 Entertainment’s Naraka Bladepoint (9:30am PDT), Back 4 Blood (10pm UK, 2pm PDT)
  • Monday, June 14th: Intellivision (5:45pm UK, 9:45am PDT) Take-Two Interactive Panel (6:15pm UK, 10:15am PDT), Mythical Games (7:10pm UK, 11:10am PDT), Freedom Games (8:30pm UK, 12:30pm PDT), Razer (11pm UK, 3pm PDT)
  • Tuesday, June 15th: Yooreka Games (11:20pm UK, 3:20pm PDT), Official E3 2021 Awards Show (12:20am* UK, 4:45pm PDT)

You can see how these all slot into the conferences above with the following image:

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Here’s every conference in order which has yet to be broadcast, one-by-one:

Xbox Games Showcase: Extended – Thursday, June 17

  • UK: 6pm (BST)
  • Europe: 7pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 1pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 10am (PDT)

Though E3 wraps up on Tuesday, Microsoft returns with a second stream offering an “extended” look at some announcements, and “conversations with developers” from a number of first party studios – including Ninja Theory, Rare, Double Fine and Obsidian – as well as “partners” from around the world.

Hosted by Kinda Funny Xcast’s Parris Lilly, expect this to be more of a deep dive than series of reveals as on Sunday – but there’s likely to be some interesting tidbits all the same.

Barring any other last minute streams, that should be it for E3 this year. From there, a number of publishers have pushed their summer announcements to July, in between when E3 and gamescom would traditionally take place. Below is a look at what to expect.

Nacon Connect – Tuesday, July 6

  • UK: 6pm (BST)
  • Europe: 7pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 1pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 10am (PDT)

The first of several publishers hosting their summer showcases in July, Nacon is teasing “announcements, special guests and new collaborations”, as well as a confirmed closer looks at The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown, Blood Bowl 3 and Steelrising.

EA Play 2021 conference – Thursday, July 22

  • Times: TBC

Aside from its dedicated Battlefield event on Wednesday, June 9th, EA continues to officially not attend E3 for another year.

Though it usually does its own thing in June around E3 week, this year EA has pushed its annual announcement show to late July.

There’s not much to go on right now aside from the date and confirmation of the event’s name – EA Play Live – so expect more to come in the weeks after E3 itself wraps up.

Last year was a show packed with announcements – the confirmation of EA games coming to Steam, Apex Legends on Switch, a brief Dragon Age 4 teaser and confirmation of a new Skate in development among them – so if it’s anything similar in 2021, it’ll be worth the wait.

BioWare Dragon Age, Motive, Criterion, Dice next gen games EA Play 2020 preview

Annapurna Interactive Showcase – Thursday, July 29

  • UK: 8pm (BST)
  • Europe: 9pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 3pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 12pm (PDT)

Annapurna – publisher of numerous indie hits including What Remains of Edith Finch, Gone Home and Donut County – is hosting its first showcase towards the end of July, teasing “gameplay reveals, new game announcements, and a few more surprises”.

Expect updates on the likes of The Artful Escape, Skin Deep, Solar Ash and Stray to feature – while the following teaser trailer features the re-appearance of our 2019 game of the year, Outer Wilds. Could the rumoured DLC be on the cards?

What has been announced at E3 2021 so far?

As E3 goes on, we’ll be shuffling out conferences which have aired to this section – allowing you to catch up on any announcements in reverse chronological order.

Nintendo Direct 2021 stream times – Tuesday, June 15

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Nintendo didn’t participate during the traditional E3 window last year – but in 2021, the publisher is taking its traditional Tuesday 9am Pacific slot for when the show would open in more normal times.

This 40 minute showcase will focus “exclusively on Nintendo Switch software” – meaning it won’t show a new Switch console, which is expected to be revealed before E3 arrives – and that “most” games shown will release this year. This gives us plenty of scope for both new announcements and closer looks at games we already know are coming. Could Metroid Prime 4 or Breath of the Wild 2 make an appearance?

Either way, the show is followed by a three-hour long Nintendo Treehouse Live event, giving us a much closer look at whatever is being shown. (Anyone else hoping for more amiibo?)

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Everything announced in E3’s Nintendo Direct
  • Kazuya from Tekken is the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character
  • It looks like Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania screens and box art have surfaced
  • Life is Strange Remastered Collection releases this September
  • Metroid Dread is real, out October
  • There’s a new WarioWare game coming to Switch in September
  • Danganronpa is coming to Nintendo Switch
  • https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-06-15-advance-wars-1-2-remakes-announced-for-switch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel launches 2022
  • Nintendo Switch exclusive Shin Megami Tensei 5 out 12th November
  • Nintendo will release a new Game and Watch: The Legend of Zelda in November
  • Mario Party Superstars will revive classic boards and minigames
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC adds playable Battle-Tested Guardian
  • Wii U photography horror Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water heading to Switch

You can rewatch the Nintendo Direct along with our video team below:

Bandai Namco stream times – Tuesday, June 15

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Bandai Namco has a few dated games later this year which we’ll likely see more of here – such as Tales of Arise (due September 10) and Scarlet Nexus (due June 25th).

The elephant in the room, of course, is Elden Ring, the From Software and George R.R. Martin collaboration which we haven’t heard of since its announcement back at E3 2019.

(UPDATE: Elden Ring got a re-reveal during Summer Game Fest last week – and you can watch the trailer below. Question is – will there be more to see during this show? We need to keep our expectations in check – but with the conference lasting for around an hour, they have to fill it with something, right?)

You can rewatch the Bandai Namco stream along with our video team below:

Capcom Showcase stream – Monday, June 14

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Capcom’s E3 showing has four confirmed games so far – The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (which is due July 27th), Monster Hunter Stories 2, Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil Village. Whether we’ll see more beyond that is unknown – but at the least we’re hoping to see some Resident Evil Village DLC, right?

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Resident Evil Village will get DLC, Capcom mysteriously teases
  • Capcom dates Monster Hunter Rise’s first collab event, Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo

PC Gaming Show 2021 conference – Sunday, June 13

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Now a regular fixture in the E3 line-up, the PC Gaming Show has established itself as one to watch, with its mix of in-depth previews and solid announcements.

There’s a lot planned, including a look at Dying Light 2 (colon?) Stay Human, “big news for the Orcs Must Die! franchise”, new Humankind and Chivalry 2 announcements, and rather cryptically, “a message from Valve regarding Steam”.

Last year’s PC Gaming Show saw news of Persona 4 Golden coming to PC, an
Ooblets early access date, the reveal of Dean Hall’s sci-fi survival game Icarus, and a look at the Shadow Man remaster in action.

Rewatch the PC Gaming Show live via the following stream:

Future Games Show E3 2021 conference – Sunday, June 13

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Returning for a second E3 – and following a number of smaller streams over the past year – the Future Games Show follows on from the PC Gaming Show with a much broader and often indie-focused remit, covering consoles to PCs and mobiles.

What exactly to expect is unknown – except that it will be hosted by The Last of Us Part 2 stars Troy Baker and Laura Bailey – but to give you an idea of what to expect, last year’s Future Games Show saw Dreamfall dev’s new game Dustborn, the reveal of Bomber Crew gets sequel Space Crew, and a Serial Cleaner sequel.

Rewatch the Future Games Show live via the following stream:

Square Enix Presents stream times – Sunday, June 13

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Square Enix’s showcase is headlined with a “world premiere” for the next game from Eidos Montreal. Back in 2017, Eurogamer heard the studio was in the early stages of production on a Guardians of the Galaxy project. Could this be finally due a reveal?

Beyond that, the 40 minute showcase will feature updates on Babylon’s Fall, the Black Panther expansion for Marvel’s Avengers, and Life is Strange: True Colors, as well as a first look at Life is Strange: Remastered Collection.

Follow the Square Enix Presents show live with the official stream our live text, or watch along with our video team below:

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy is single-player, without DLC or microtransactions
  • Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster coming soon to PC and mobile
  • Babylon’s Fall is coming to PS5
  • Hitman Sniper: The Shadows loses Agent 47, sets up new spin-off universe
  • Here’s our first look at Black Panther in Marvel’s Avengers
  • Life is Strange Remastered Collection releases this September
  • Here’s a look at Life is Strange: True Colors’ powers in action
  • Here’s a first look at Team Ninja’s Final Fantasy spin-off Stranger of Paradise

Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase stream times – Sunday, June 13

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Though Xbox won’t have something as big as a next-gen console (or two) to reveal this year, it does have several aces up its sleeve.

One is the re-reveal of Halo Infinite, with a release that was delayed a year following its mixed showing last summer. As Xbox’s big game for 2021, you can expect a heavy focus on this during the showcase.

Another is Bethesda. Microsoft has put the publisher front and centre for a reason: it’ll be keen to show the fruits of the recent acquisition, likely with some new announcements, and hopefully, a first look at Starfield, even if it’s reportedly due late 2022.

As always, don’t expect much on Elder Scrolls 6, as that’s still years away – though another teaser would certainly go down well, wouldn’t it?

Otherwise, we should see proper looks at a handful of projects from Microsoft’s various other studios which were revealed last year – including Playground’s Fable, Forza Motorsport, and The Initiative’s Perfect Dark.

Ultimately, the start of a new console generation is the perfect time to build a lot of anticipation for the years to come – so some surprises and teases for far off projects are likely.

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Just Cause developer Avalanche announces Contraband
  • Stalker 2 out April 2022 on Xbox Series X and S and PC
  • Starfield launches November 2022 for PC, Xbox Series X/S
  • 12 Minutes, the claustrophobic time-loop drama, arrives in August
  • Hades comes to Xbox and Game Pass in August
  • Sea of Thieves is getting a Pirates of the Caribbean crossover next week
  • Delightfully silly Battlefield 2042 trailer shows of grappling hooks, zipwires, and air-dropped tanks
  • Psychonauts 2 gets August release date
  • First look at Halo Infinite multiplayer
  • Age of Empires 4 releases this October
  • Diablo 2: Resurrected launches September
  • Fallout 3’s The Pitt hits Fallout 76 in 2022
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X/S gets July release date
  • Microsoft’s impressive list of Xbox Game Pass games just got even better
  • Forza Horizon 5 heads to Mexico, launches in November
  • Redfall is a vampire-shooting game by Arkane, releasing in 2022

Upload VR Showcase – Saturday, June 12

How was the event billed before broadcast?

For those specifically after some VR reveals, the Upload VR Showcase is worth keeping tabs on. Previous years have seen the likes of Budget Cuts on PSVR to Doctor Who: The Edge of Time being shown, and this year’s show promises new trailers and reveals, as well as “fresh looks at some of your most anticipated titles”.

Devolver Digital’s stream will feature five new games and two new release dates as part of its “Devolver Cinematic Universe showcase”.

Rewatch the stream below:

Ubisoft E3 2021 conference times – Saturday, June 12

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Returning to its usual June slot instead of last year’s July stream, Ubisoft also shuffles itself closer to the start of E3 week by going out on a Saturday.

Expect a big focus on Far Cry 6 – which was officially announced during last year’s event, and recently saw a re-reveal – and though Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been out since late last year, that – as well as Rainbow Six Siege – will make an appearance highlighting their respective roadmaps.

Speaking of Rainbow Six – Quarantine (now named Rainbow Six Extraction) will show up with “world premiere gameplay”, and as always, we hope to see more Beyond Good and Evil 2. But whatever happens, Ubisoft always has the capacity to surprise – and genuinely entertain.

Finally – you can tune in an hour early (7pm UK time, or 11am Pacific) for the “latest news and upcoming updates from For Honor, Trackmania, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more”. So if you’re interested in any of that, be sure to clock on early.

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Rainbow Six Extraction launches September
  • Just Dance 2022 arrives this November
  • Another Ubisoft leak reveals Far Cry 6 DLC
  • Watch Dogs: Legion’s Bloodline expansion out July
  • Rainbow Six Siege announces crossplay plans
  • Gibson email reveals Rocksmith+ ahead of Ubisoft E3 show
  • Riders Republic is the Justice League of parks
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will get a second year of expansions
  • Ubisoft shows brief Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gameplay
  • Here’s the first trailer for Ubisoft’s Avatar game, which is out next year

Wholesome Direct stream times – Saturday, June 12

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Fans of indie games will enjoy Wholesome Direct – a showcase focused on “uplifting, thoughtful, compassionate, cozy” games.

Over 75 games will be shown – including We are OFK, Moonglow Bay, Ooblets and Bear and Breakfast – with new game reveals planned, as well as games releasing during the show itself.

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Adorable, avian-themed skateboarding game SkateBird gets August release date

Rewatch the stream below:

Guerrilla Collective Part 2 times – Saturday, June 12

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Returning for a second year, the indie focused Guerrilla Collective has two streams running on the first two Saturdays of June (5th and the 12th), with plans to “reveal fresh announcements, trailers, gameplay and more” – with 80 games set to be featured across the two events

To give you an idea of what to expect, last year we saw a new Exo One trailer, news of when Baldur’s Gate 3 hit early access, a first look at Dwarf Fortress’s Steam version and a fresh look at the System Shock reboot.

Rewatch the stream below:

Koch Primetime conference times – Friday, June 11

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Coming as part of Summer Game Fest, publisher Koch is having a ‘Primetime Gaming Stream’. For the uninitiated, Koch Media is a publisher who (mostly) releases games under the Deep Silver label, and has Saints Row, Dead Island and Metro as part of its roster.

That said, Deep Silver has said all three of those won’t be at the event. This comes as a bit of a surprise as we’ve known a new Saint’s Row has been “deep in development” since 2019, while Dead Island 2 is long overdue a re-reveal.

A new TimeSplitters won’t be shown either. Recently confirmed to be in development by a reformed Deep Radical Design, as of last month development had yet to begin – so it makes sense that a showing is off the cards.

So beyond Deep Silver’s games, what will be there? It’s unclear, really – but we will find out on Friday. Until then, there’s a teaser site with a mysterious Twitch stream to keep us guessing.

Rewatch the stream below:

Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live! times – Thursday, June 10th

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Coming slightly ahead of E3 is the debut of Summer Game Fest – the Geoff Keighley-organised showcase returning for a second year.

Instead of a multiple reveals spread over several months, 2021’s Summer Game Fest appears to be concentrated around E3 itself – starting with a ‘Kickoff Live!’ show with announcements from several big publishers, including EA and Xbox (who also have dedicated streams this week), PlayStation, Activision, Capcom, Epic Games, Gearbox, Sega, Square Enix and many more.

Weezer is also set to provide a performance at some point, so do look forward to that.

After the show is Day of the Devs – which should be well worth sticking around for.

> Watch the Summer Game Fest stream with us with our live report

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is Borderlands meets Dungeons and Dragons
  • Metal Slug Tactics announced for PC
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut coming to PlayStation 5
  • Dino-park management sim Jurassic World Evolution is getting a sequel later this year
  • Sci-fi desert adventure Sable gets September release date
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War gets Black Ops 2 map Hijacked with Season 4
  • Hospital follow-up Two Point Campus launches in 2022
  • Ska Studios unveils Salt and Sanctuary follow-up Salt and Sacrifice
  • Painkiller is coming back
  • Among Us is getting a hide and seek mode
  • Planet of Lana is a lovely hand-painted side-scroller
  • Former Left 4 Dead and Portal writer’s new game is four-player sci-fi romp The Anacrusis
  • Former Left 4 Dead and Portal writer’s new game is four-player sci-fi romp The Anacrusis
  • Journey dev’s sumptuous Sky: Children of the Light gets June release date on Switch
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes arrives just in time for Halloween
  • Ex-Call of Duty: Black Ops devs are making a brand new IP for PlayStation
  • Elden Ring revealed, launches January 2022
  • Here’s everything shown during tonight’s indie-focussed Day of the Devs livestream
  • Axiom Verge 2 is coming to PS4 and PS5
  • Virginia dev’s supernatural mystery adventure Last Stop gets a July release date
  • Next week’s Xbox Summer Game Fest demo event detailed

Playdate Update – Tuesday, June 8th

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Playdate – Panic’s adorable handheld with a black-and-white screen and crank controller – is offering its first ever video update since its announcement back in 2019.

Expect to hear more about its first ‘season’ – for the uninitiated, new games will unlock on the system each week, with 24 games set to be available initially – news of future games, “some surprises” and when we can expect future pre-orders (which they stress will not go live as soon as the show ends).

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Playdate pre-orders go live next month priced $179

Say Hello to Playdate!!

Battlefield reveal times – Wednesday, June 9th

How was the event billed before broadcast?

Despite EA is hosting its conference in July, it still plans to reveal the next Battlefield game as part of E3 week.

This dedicated showcase is expected to confirm the essentials for the next in the shooter series, from its setting to platforms, and likely a release date.

We already know it’s designed for next-gen consoles and also be available on PS4 and Xbox One, and that it appears to have a near future setting thanks to an internal video leaking online.

The biggest stories from the stream:

  • Battlefield 2042 is a radical return to the series’ roots
  • Battlefield 2042 has no campaign and no battle royale mode

Battlefield 2042 Official Reveal Trailer

Where is Sony’s E3 2021 conference?

If you’ve followed E3 conferences from the past, you’ll notice one of three big console publishers – Sony – is missing from this line-up.

Sony didn’t appear at E3 2019, but ran a PS5-focused event named the Future of Gaming last year – which made sense when it had yet to fully reveal details of its new console.

Unless a late announcement comes through, Sony appears to be skipping E3 again this year, possibly following EA’s lead in doing something later in the summer, or focusing more on game-specific streams as it has done recently with Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West.

DF Direct: Horizon Forbidden West PS5 Gameplay Reveal Reaction

This all said, the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live! show (penned in for Thursday, June 10th) has PlayStation down as attending – so it’s possible it will have something to reveal there to keep us going in the meantime.

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