E3 2021 Digital-only Event


May 4, 2013
E3 2021 returns this year as a digital-only event and will feature some big names attached.

The online-only E3 2021 will be backed by Capcom, Konami, Microsoft, Nintendo, Tale-Two, and Ubisoft.

Warner, and Koch Media will also be part of the show.

As noted by GI.biz, Activision Blizzard, Bandai Nacmo, EA, Sega, Sony, and Square Enix will not make appearances.

E3 2021 will be held June 12-15, so there may be more heavy hitters join between now and that time.

“For more than two decades, E3 has been the premier venue to showcase the best that the video game industry has to offer while uniting the world through games,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, president and CEO of the ESA in the press release.

“We are evolving this year’s E3 into a more inclusive event, but will still look to excite the fans with major reveals and insider opportunities that make this event the indispensable center stage for video games.”

During the online show, the developers and hardware makers will be showcasing their latest news and games directly.

The ESA will be working with media partners globally to help amplify and make this content available to everyone for free.


May 4, 2013
Bethesda and Microsoft will hold a joint conference this year at E3 2021.

New of the joint conference with Bethesda and Microsoft was revealed in an interview with Xbox Games Studios head Matt Booty.

In the interview with French outlet Le Figaro, it was said by the author Chloe Woitier the conference would happen within a few weeks, which likely means E3 2021 (thanks, IGN).

Both Microsoft and Bethesda tend to host individual shows during the conference, but it makes sense this year considering the latter is now owned by the Xbox company.

What all Bethesda plans on showing during the conference is not known at this time, but it’s possible we will finally get a look at how Starfield is coming along. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Schreier, the game will make an appearance at E3, but that the game is “nowhere near done,” and won’t be released this year. So, we’re probably looking at sometime in late 2022.

And, whether we will hear anything else on the next Elder Scrolls game is not known either, but it would be nice – even if Starfield is coming out before it. Then again, it could be “years” before we find out anything about it.

Microsoft is just one of the companies confirmed for the virtual conference this year. The others are Capcom, Nintendo, Take-Two, and Ubisoft along with Bandai Namco, Gearbox, SEGA, Square Enix, and Xseed Games.

Surely more companies will be announced at a later date.

Coinciding with E3 this year is the Summer Game Fest, which kicks off June 10 just a couple of days ahead of E3 2021. Partners this year include 2K Games, Activision, Bandai Namco, Blizzard, Capcom, Devolver Digital, EA, Epic Games, Gearbox, Hi-Rez, PlayStation, Riot, Sega, Square Enix, Steam, Ubisoft, Warner, Xbox, and plenty of other developers and publishers.

E3 2021 runs June 12-15.


May 4, 2013
Here's when every confirmed E3 2021 conference is scheduled to go live.

E3 2021 scheduleConference Date (UK)UK time (BST)EU time (CEST)East Coast US time (EDT)West Coast US time (PDT)
Guerrilla Collective P1Saturday, June 516:0017:0011:0008:00
Battlefield revealWednesday, June 915:0016:0010:007:00
Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live!Thursday, June 1019:0020:0014:0011:00
Koch PrimetimeFriday, June 1120:0021:0015:0012:00
Guerrilla Collective P2Saturday, June 1216:0017:0011:0008:00
Ubisoft E3 2021Saturday, June 1220:0021:0015:0012:00
Xbox and Bethesda ShowcaseSunday, June 1318:0019:0013:0010:00
Square Enix PresentsSunday, June 1320:1521:1515:1512:15
PC Gaming Show 2021Sunday, June 13TBCTBCTBCTBC
Future Games ShowSunday, June 13TBCTBCTBCTBC
Nintendo Direct E3 2021Tuesday, June 1517:0018:0012:0009:00
EA Play 2021Thursday, July 22TBCTBCTBCTBC