Whilst many fans were going into this year’s E3 without any big expectations following the difficult year that we’ve all been through, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some pleasant surprises for those who tuned in. With gaming bigger than it has ever been before with the next generation of gaming consoles finding huge success despite the shortages and mobile gaming thriving with online gambling being the home of many new players, it’s time to look forward to the expectations of the next few years – but where did the biggest news come from during this year’s E3 event?
Coming in the later part of the year in 2022 with November being the target date for now, Bethesda did unveil their first new gaming universe in 25 years. Some were hoping, however unrealistically, to see news on the next title in the Elder Scrolls franchise, but instead were met with this new open-world space exploration title – with some games in the past really showing how exciting the space genre can be, and with survival games like Subnautica looking great in recent years, this game looks to combine the best of them all and give the huge expansive feeling that the Fallout and Elder Scrolls games have delivered on in the past, but in a new setting not yet explored.
The more hardcore single player games such as the Dark Souls series and Bloodborne have been incredibly successful, and as such it was so surprise when Elden Ring was announced a few years ago that there would be plenty of excitement for a game that takes the formula of both and tacks on a story too. Fans were finally granted with some more footage this past weekend and with a release date of early in 2022 it’s much closer than many initially thought, with the likes of George R.R. Martin, the writer behind Game of Thrones, involved in the process too, it’s going to combine a well-developed world alongside the difficult and involved combat that the Souls games are well known for.
Officially delayed back in 2020 due to the pandemic, the game initially received a bit of backlash from fans as the game shown at that point in time certainly looked unpolished and not what fans were hoping – E3 did provide some cinematic footage that has looked to solve some of these issues initially found however, and with a holiday season release touted it does mean the game may look to be ready by Christmas – with many fans hoping the supply of the next generation consoles is able to meet the demand by that same period of time, it could be one of the biggest releases to round out the end of 2021 before the biggest games release in 2022.