E3 2021 is almost here. Just like in 2020, there's no physical convention this year, which means a free-for-all of press conferences and livestreams taking place throughout June and July. But the big names like Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Microsoft (as well as our own PC gaming show) are mostly concentrating in an "official" E3 period this year, starting June 12.
Here's a schedule of every event happening this year for E3 2021.
When is E3 2021?
All summer! Well, okay, not really: E3 has some "official" dates again, with livestreams running from June 12 – June 15, 2021. But just like last year, publishers have decided to host their own events whenever they see fit. The first big E3 stream this year is Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live on June 10th, and it's going to be a busy few days after that.
Here's every summer gaming event announced so far.
E3 schedule: Wednesday June 9
EA Play Live isn't until July, but EA decided not to wait to show off what's coming next with Battlefield. A reveal event for the new game lands on Wednesday, before E3 even gets going full steam.
E3 schedule: Thursday June 10
Geoff Keighley hosts the start of his Summer Game Fest just before the official E3 events. He promises "more than a dozen world premieres and announcements." Also, Weezer's gonna be there.
E3 schedule: Friday June 11
Netflix is highlighting "geeky" shows all week, but Friday's event, hosted by Geoff Keighley, is devoted to shows based on games. Expect The Witcher Season 2 to get a new trailer, and for the Resident Evil CG series to appear as well.
Koch Media (the big company behind publisher Deep Silver and games like Metro and Saint's Row) is holding its own streaming event as part of Summer Game Fest.
E3 Schedule: Saturday June 12
Expect to see more Far Cry 6 at Ubisoft's show this year. What else is likely? Rabbids, lots of Just Dancing, and maybe a new Assassin's Creed.
Indie games galore! As part of its event, The Guerrilla Collective will also hosting streams for Black Voices in Gaming and Wholesome Direct.
E3 Schedule: Sunday June 13
This should be a big show this year, with Microsoft bringing series like Halo and Forza to E3 along with Bethesda's debut of Starfield. Will we see more of Obsidian's Avowed and get a Psychonauts 2 release date? Entirely possible!
The PC Gaming Show returns! Expect lots of games for the Sony PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch… just kidding. It's going to be full of cool new PC games, of course.
Our sister show from GamesRadar+ will back us up with more game reveals.
More summer gaming events
Most of the summer gaming events are concentrated from June 10 – June 13, but that's not all of them. Here's what else is coming throughout the summer:
This year's Nintendo Direct promises "roughly 40 minutes of info focused exclusively on Nintendo Switch software, mostly releasing in 2021." The Treehouse Live follows with three more hours of gameplay.
Maybe we'll hear something new about hit dodgeball game Knockout City—but we're really hoping for more on the next Dragon Age and whatever Star Wars games EA has cooking.
- The Guerrilla Collective is streaming on Saturday, June 5th and Saturday, June 12th and also hosting Black Voices in Gaming and Wholesome Direct on those days.
- Indie Live Expo will showcase more than 300 indie games from around the world in a five-hour show taking place on June 5.
- Xbox and Bethesda's joint showcase event is on June 13th.
- Geoff Keighley won't be involved with E3, but is bringing back his Summer Game Fest starting on June 10th.
- EA Play is being held July 22nd.
- GDC 2021 will run the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards from July 19 – July 23.