E3 2021 – Black Panther and Final Fantasy Origin lead the honors list!
June 14, 2021

E3 may be virtual this year, but this hasn’t stopped a spate of very exciting announcements at E3 2021. Here’s a list of all things E3 so far, the king of Wakanda leading the way!

Co-op action game Babylon’s Fall finally gets gameplay trailer

Developed by Platinum Games, the substantial Babylon’s Fall gameplay trailer was revealed at Square Enix’s E3 2021 Showcase. The game can be played solo or with up to four players, and new footage from the fantasy title shows that players can wield ranged weapons like magic staffs and bows.  The live-service game is also recruiting for a closed beta.

Black Panther: War For Wakanda is almost here

A new rather cinematic trailer introduces the King of Wakanda, who will be defending Wakanda from Klaw, who has infiltrated Wakanda in order to steal Vibranium for his own plans. War For Wakanda will release this August, with the Black Panther expansion free to players who already own Marvel’s Avengers on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is here

Billed as a collaboration between Final Fantasy veterans Tetsuya Nomura and Kazushige Nojima, and renowned action game studio Team Ninja, the new Final Fantasy spinoff is heavy on the action, and certainly doesn’t skimp when it comes to giant swords.

Yes, we do have a Guardians of the Galaxy game

One more to Square Enix. The team behind the Deus Ex games is tackling one of Marvel’s most famous superhero groups next, working on a game titled simply Guardians of the Galaxy. The game puts players in the role of Star Lord in a third-person action-adventure experience, joined by the rest of the Guardians at all times, with the likes of Groot and Rocket being AI companions.

That Xbox Series X mini fridge

With marketing terms like Xbox Velocity Cooling Architecture, Microsoft is promising that the upcoming Xbox Mini Fridge is the world’s most powerful mini fridge, an obvious play on one of the company’s key marketing points for the Xbox Series X console.

Forza Horizon 5 looks incredible

Developed by Playground Games, the open-world driving game 5 transports players to the diverse and stunning landscapes of Mexico, featuring rainforests and even driving on a dormant volcano. The next title in the Forza franchise, it’s coming to Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC on November 9th, and will also be available from day one on Xbox Game Pass.

Air guitar in VR with Unplugged

Developed by Anotherway, Unplugged uses hand tracking technology to let you rock out on a guitar in VR, no gloves or special guitar controller needed. Interestingly, the former lead guitarist Marcus Henderson of Guitar Hero is helping develop the game. In the trailer, Anotherway also announced that The Offspring will be part of Unplugged’s official soundtrack, teasing that “we have bands in the soundtrack that we’ve always loved.” The game is set to release this fall for Oculus Quest and Steam VR headsets with hand tracking capabilities.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Ubisoft premiered the trailer for the first-person open-world action-adventure game based on James Cameron’s Avatar. In this standalone story, play as a Na’vi and embark on a journey across the Western Frontier, a never-before-seen part of Pandora. Explore a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters, and push back the formidable RDA forces that threaten it. It’s set to be released in 2022, with the game currently in development.

 

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.