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Your Move: Announcements From The 2021 E3 Expo

Every year, game companies announce what will be coming up for the next year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, popularly known as E3. This year, it’s an all-online event. E3 for this year ended yesterday, and there were a lot of announcements.

Microsoft had a 90-minute presentation where they featured new entries in several of their popular series, including Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and a new Elder Scrolls game. Microsoft’s Bethesda studios is also releasing a game called Starfield, made by the same people who developed Fallout 4 and Skyrim.

Square-Enix’s show was on Sunday, and their biggest announcement was a game based on the Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy. The game looks like it plays similar to Mass Effect, with lots of conversation options and decisions to make. They also announced an update to last fall’s Avengers game, featuring Black Panther. And a remake of the original 1987 Final Fantasy was announced, with a demo released and available now on the PlayStation 5.

And yesterday, Nintendo had their show. They announced a new Mario Party game for the Nintendo Switch, remaking some popular game boards and minigames from the Nintendo 64 entries in the series. Also on the way is a new Metroid game called Metroid Dread, which is the first traditional entry in the series in almost 20 years. And the capstone of the presentation was some footage from the sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Sony and EA decided not to participate this year, for whatever reason, but there is plenty else to get excited about for the rest of 2021.

Samuel McConnell is a games enthusiast who has been playing games in one form or another since 1991. He was born in northern Maine but quickly transplanted to Wichita.