Gaming

E3’s Biggest Announcements, Day 1

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Experience, is currently underway. This year, the event takes place completely online as a virtual event from June 12 to June 15. Here’s the biggest news from day 1 of the multi-million dollar gaming event.

 

Gearbox

Gearbox revealed more details regarding Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, a Borderlands spinoff game based on the hit DLC, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (or TTADK, for short). The developers discussed how the new game is “newcomer friendly” and how you don’t need to be a fan of previous Borderlands titles to enjoy this new experience. Not much was said about the gameplay of the game, other than it’s a “looter shooter” in a fantasy setting, similar to the TTADK DLC in Borderlands 2.

Ubisoft

Ubisoft announced Mario + Rabbids 2: Sparks of Hope. The trailer for this game showed off more playable characters, more platforming, and more zany, whacky humor that the first game was chock full of. The game looks to be a strategy RPG, as same as the first game. The original game released in 2017, and is one of the highest purchased Switch titles ever made.

The game is scheduled to release in 2022, only on the Nintendo Switch.

That wasn’t Ubisoft’s only major announcement, though-the company also came in strong with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, which is part of the same universe as James Cameron’s Avatar. No word has been said as to whether the game will be a sequel, a side story, or even a “what if” scenario, but it still takes place on the elusive Pandora, just as the first film did.

No gameplay has been shown, but it’s scheduled to release in 2022.

Far Cry 6 also showed off its season pass prior to the game’s release. It showed a new mode where you can play as the villains of previous games. The gameplay does not appear to be different from playing the game as the protagonist.

The Far Cry series has been known for its charismatic villains for years, so this mode is sure to please long time fans of the series. Far Cry 6 releases on October 21, 2021, for PS4, PS5, Xbox 1, and PC.

Rainbow 6: Extraction was shown also shown off. Based on the “extraction mode” of Rainbow 6: Siege, this game will have players face off against hordes of zombies and mutants, rather than the usual armed troops that Rainbow 6 games are known for.

The game is set to come out on September 21st, 2021, for PS4, PS5, PC, and Xbox 1. The game is a first person shooter, with sci-fi elements.

 

Devolver Digital

Devolver Digital showed off gameplay of Shadow Warrior 3. This FPS continues the story of the rebooted Shadow Warrior universe. Like the first two games, the story follows Wang, a gun for hire that’s become caught up in a supernatural conflict far beyond his wildest imagination. The game is a first person shooter, though no word has been given if the upgrade system from the first game will be returning.

The game is set to release in 2021, for PS4, and Xbox 1.

Devolver went on to show off more gameplay for Death’s Door, a hack-and-slash game releasing July 20th for Xbox 1 and Steam. The game follows Crow, a birdlike being who reaps souls to make an honest living, being forced to travel to a world where people live far past “their expiration date” to retrieve a stolen soul.

We’ll have more announcements as they roll out during the event.

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