E3 2021: All the new games, from Starfield to Metroid Dread

Electronics expo E3 2021 has come and gone – and although some presentations will be happening up until Wednesday morning next week, the big presentations wrapped up this morning, with Nintendo finishing things off with a few big announcements. Overall there were tonnes of games shown off this year, including Starfield, Metroid Dread, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel (we don’t have a better title for it yet, so that’s what we’re working with).

We’ll be going through all the big game announcements presentation by presentation, along with confirmed release dates. Just know that some of these games might not have set in stone release dates, and some might be delayed.

Summer Games Fest

Summer Games Fest was the first big presentation of 2021’s E3 season, and brought some huge game announcements from all across the industry. Avid gamers might be interested in Elden Ring, the next game from the developers of Dark Souls, with Game of Thrones writer George R.R Martin working on the world-building. Here’s what you might have missed:

  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – Coming early 2022 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Metal Slug Tactics – To be announced, coming to PC
  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut – “Coming soon” to PS4, PS5, PC
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2 – Coming in 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Lost Ark – Coming in Spring 2021 to PC,
  • Call of Duty Warzone Season 4 – June 17 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • New Among Us announcements – “Coming soon” to PC, mobile, Switch (PlayStation and Xbox versions in development)
  • Salt and Sacrifice – Coming 2022 to the PS4 and PS5
  • SOLAR ASH – Coming 2021 to PC, PS4 and PS5
  • Escape from Tarkov new map update – To be announced, coming to PC
  • Two Point Campus – To be announced, coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • SMITE Stranger Things update – July 13 2021, Coming to Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • The Anacrusis – Coming in Spring 2021 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass
  • Bloodhunt – Coming 2021 to PC
  • House of Ashes: The Dark Pictures Anthology – Coming October 22, 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Tales of Arise – Coming September 10, 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Sky – Nintendo Switch port, coming June 29, and The Little Prince Season (July 6), coming to Nintendo Switch, Mobile
  • Planet of Lana – Coming 2022 to PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin – Coming July 9, 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Endless Dungeon – To be announced, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Back 4 Blood – Coming October 12, 2021 to PC PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbos Series X|S
  • Tribes of Midgard – Coming July 27, 2021 to PC, PS4 and PS5
  • Evil Dead: The Game – Coming 2021 to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Elden Ring – Coming January 21, 2022 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Ubisoft Forward

The next big E3 event that happened was Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft’s showcase of its new games and updates coming soon. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora was shown off – a game set in the universe of Avatar, the film by James Cameron. Here’s everything spoken about at Ubisoft Forward:

  • Rainbow Six Siege: Extraction – Coming September 16 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Rocksmith+ – Coming Winter 2021 to PC, and Spring 2021 to consoles and mobile at a later date
  • Riders Republic – Coming September 2, 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Just Dance 2022 – Coming November 4, 2021 to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris DLC – Coming Winter 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – Coming 2022 to Nintendo Switch
  • Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – Coming 2022 to PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S

Xbox and Bethesda Showcase

Xbox and Bethesda were up next, collaborating on a showcase with tonnes of new games. Xbox now owns Bethesda, and has integrated many of its games into the Xbox Game Pass. One of the big announcements was that Halo Infinite will have free-to-play multiplayer, so you won’t have to pay to play with your friends, only for the campaign. If you’re a Game Pass fan, you’ll find some exciting new games for the service further down below (with all these new Xbox first-party games coming to the service as soon as they release).

 

  • Starfield – Coming November 11, 2022 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl – Coming April 27, 2022 to PC, Xbox Series X|S
  • Contraband – To be announced, Coming to PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
  • Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Update – Coming June 22 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Battlefield 2042 – Coming October 22, 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Psychonauts 2 – Coming August 25, 2021 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass
  • Fallout 76: Steel Reign – Coming July 7, 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass
  • Fallout 76: Expeditions – The Pitt – Coming 2022 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass
  • Twelve Minutes – Coming August 19, 2021 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass
  • Elder Scrolls Online enhanced console edition – Coming June 15 to Xbox Series X|S and PS5
  • Party Animals – Coming 2022 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Somerville – Coming 2022 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Hades – Coming August 13 to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Halo Infinite – Coming late 2021 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Diablo 2: Resurrected – Coming September 23, 2021 to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • A Plague Tale – Requiem – Coming 2022 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Slime Rancher 2 – Coming 2022 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Shredders – Coming December 2021 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Atomic Heart – To be announced, coming to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Replaced – Coming 2022 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Grounded: Shroom & Doom – Coming June 30 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – Coming 2023 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • The Ascent – Coming 2021 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Age of Empires 4 – Coming October 28, 2021 to PC, Xbox Game Pass
  • The Outer Worlds 2 – To be announced, coming to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox console release – coming to Xbox Series X|S on July 27
  • Forza Horizon 5 – Coming November 9, 2021 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass
  • Redfall – Coming Winter 2022 to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass

New Xbox Game Pass games

Xbox also revealed a slew of games will be coming to the Xbox at the time of the event and later, so you can expect to find the following games on the Xbox Game Pass as of now (keep in mind some are only available on Xbox Game Pass and not Game Pass for PC, and vice-versa):

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (available now on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Arx Fatalis (available now on Game Pass for PC)
  • The Evil Within 2 (available now on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Rage (available now on Xbox Game Pass)
  • Doom 2016 (available now on Xbox Game Pass)
  • Dishonored (available now on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (available now on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Fallout (available now on Game Pass for PC)
  • Fallout 2 (available now on Game Pass for PC)
  • Fallout Tactics (available now on Game Pass for PC)
  • Fallout 3 (available now on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • D&D: Dark Alliance (June 22 on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Hades (August 13 on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Aragami 2 (September 17 on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Sable (September 23 on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Scorn (Spring 2021 on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • Hello Neighbour 2 (2021 on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)
  • The Gunk (2021 on Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC)

If you’re interested in picking up the Xbox Game Pass, check out the link below. You’ll be taken to the Xbox Game Pass website, where you can pick up your first month for only $1.

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Square Enix Presents

The next big event was Square Enix Presents, the publisher behind Final Fantasy, Just Cause, Tomb Raider and last year’s Marvel’s Avengers. Dominating this year’s event was Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy, a game based on the Marvel team of anti-heroes. Here’s what might interest you:

  • Marvel’s Avengers: War for Wakanda update – Coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Coming October 26, 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Babylon’s Fall – Coming November 11, 2022 for PS4, PS5
  • Life is Strange Remastered – Coming September 2021 for PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Life is Strange: True Colours – Coming September 10, 2021 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin  – Coming 2022 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Nintendo Direct

Closing out E3 for lots of people, Nintendo arguably stole the show with a few big announcements. At the top of the list is Metroid: Dread, the first side-scrolling Metroid game in over 20 years, along with the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Here’s everything Nintendo announced.

 

  • Metroid Dread – Coming October 8, 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Coming 2022 to Nintendo Switch
  • Mario Party Superstars – Coming October 29, 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • WarioWare: Get It Together! – Coming September 10, 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Kazuya Mishima update – Coming soon to Nintendo Switch
  • Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp – Coming December 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Worms Rumble – Coming June 23 to Nintendo Switch
  • Astria Ascending – Coming September 30 to Nintendo Switch
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania – Coming October 5, 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Dragonball Kakarot – Coming September 24, 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Danganronpa Decadence – Coming 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – Coming 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 – Coming June 25, 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • Strange Brigade – Out now on Nintendo Switch
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Pulse of the Ancients DLC – Coming June 18, 2021 to Nintendo Switch

Fast NBN plans for gaming

Although some of these games will give you the option to buy physical copies, most of them will require you to update them from time-to-time, and some of them are upwards of 50GB in size. It might be worth looking around for the best NBN plan for your household, or for a gaming NBN plan that works well with big game updates and won’t cause dramas for regular updating. Check out the table below for a snapshot of plans focused on gaming, or use our internet comparison tool to find the best plan for your needs.

Gaming-ready NBN plans compared

The following table shows a selection of published gaming-ready NBN plans from Telstra and Aussie Broadband on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Cheap NBN plans compared

Not every gamer needs the fastest internet, and some people like it cheaper. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 25 and NBN 50 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 100 plans compared

If you’d like your gaming experience to have a little extra kick, these plans will do the job. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 100 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 250 & NBN 1000 plans compared

If you want an NBN plan with some serious power, an Ultra fast NBN plan is for you – albeit more expensive. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Superloop logo

Unlimited Superfast 250/25

  • Superfast 250/25 Speed (NBN 250)
  • BYO modem
  • Special offer: $99.95 for the first six months, then $119.95 ongoing

min. cost $119.95 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Platinum Unlimited

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $116.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $128.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $128.90 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $128.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)
  • Special offer: $99 for the first six months, then $129 ongoing

min. cost $129 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Superloop logo

Ultrafast 1000/50

  • Ultrafast 1000/50 Evening Speed (NBN 1000)
  • BYO modem
  • Special offer: $119.95 for the first six months, then $139.95 ongoing

min. cost $139.95 over one month

3TBMax Data**/billing period $139.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Superfast NBN

  • Superfast Speed (NBN 250)
  • Typical evening speed: 215Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard.
  • Special offer: $165 per month for the first 12 months, then $140 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 25/10/21.
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $3,459 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $140Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Diamond Unlimited

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $134.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $148.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $148.90 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $148.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power House

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)
  • Special offer: $119 for the first six months, then $149 ongoing

min. cost $149 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $149Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Ultrafast NBN

  • Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000)
  • Typical evening speed: 250Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard.
  • Special offer: $165 per month for the first six months, then $180 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 25/10/21.
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $4,419 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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