E3 might be over, but that hasn’t stopped us from feeling slightly aggravated over the lack of content that poured onto our screens over the last few days. Okay, so we’ll credit where it’s due. Over the course of the event, streamers did get quite the assortment of video games and exclusive content. Only, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little upset over a collection that missed the event entirely. But hey — what can you do?
E3 gave us plenty to think about, that’s for sure. It gave us an open book with a boatload of content, and an opportunity to scribble our names onto whatever took our fancy. And, to be fair — there was a lot to whet our appetites. And yet, the few titles that didn’t make the cut still went on to bother us even after the curtain closed. But what are we talking about here? What wound us up the most, and why? Well, let’s explore that now, shall we?
One of Microsoft’s oldest and most adored series is back at the helm and ready to pump out another chapter for its timeline of fantasy greats. After being out of the spotlight for a good eleven years (ignoring the fact that Lionhead Studios did release some pretty abysmal free-to-play games since), the series has been rebooted — and from what we’ve clocked so far, it’s looking pretty incredible.
The unique charm that embellished the original trilogy gleamed through the 2020 trailer and immediately pulled us back to the golden era of 360 gaming. Although it gave hardly anything away, it was enough to whet our appetites for what’s to come for the series. The annoying thing is — E3 2021 didn’t reignite the fuse and deliver any more news on it during the Xbox & Bethesda showcase. Sure, it was mentioned for a split-second, but considering the popularity of the franchise — we sort of expected more. A lot more.
4. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
It came as quite a surprise for streamers during the Xbox & Bethesda showcase when Senua’s Saga wasn’t pulled from the bag — especially with the amount of material they unveiled. Of course, while the likes of Halo: Infinite and other triple-A hits did make the cut, there were some outstanding projects that did skip the show entirely. And yes — I am still talking about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2.
The highly-anticipated sequel hasn’t really been explored since The Game Awards back in 2019. With a simple yet incredibly effective launch trailer to ramp up the hype, Ninja Theory lay their cards on the table and refused to play the next hand. Of course, many Xbox fans expected to see another glimpse of the sequel during the E3 presentation, though nothing quite went according to plan. That being said, with Xbox launching their extended showcase tomorrow — it’s likely we’ll catch it there. Fingers crossed, anyway.
3. Elden Ring
Okay, so it might’ve been brought to life during the Summer Games Festival, but as far as E3 went — Elden Ring didn’t manage to raise so much as a heartbeat. And let’s be honest here — we half expected it to headline Bandai Namco’s showreel. But let’s leave that trainwreck of events for another day.
The point is, people weren’t too happy when the highly-anticipated RPG missed the cut during E3. Of course, a trailer at Summer Games Festival was one thing — but it wasn’t quite the amount of content we needed to feel fully satisfied. Unfortunately, Bandai Namco let us down beyond belief when delivering their upcoming works during a three-minute showreel, with one of the biggest projects in the pipeline not even receiving a second thought. Why? Well, that’s anybody’s guess I suppose.
2. Hogwarts Legacy
Warner Bros had the opportunity to share plenty of juicy details surrounding the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy at E3. Unfortunately for us, the publisher devoted their allotted time to one title and one title only: Back 4 Blood. And while that was all well and good to see something fresh come to the table — it wasn’t quite the round of news we were all crossing our fingers for.
Seeing as the beloved wizarding world has yet to see a compelling video game come to life, it only made sense for fans to be frustrated over the lack of teasers for the first promising title in twenty years. Sure enough, E3 would’ve been the perfect setting to shed a little extra light on the 2022 release. Sadly, Warner Bros refused to cast a Lumos charm on the project with Back 4 Blood bolstering the showcase. Sad times.
1. The Elder Scrolls VI
Admittedly, it was easy to get lost between the motherload of titles that Xbox and Bethesda unleashed during their E3 showcase. Still, even with the number of works plastered on our screens over the bulky presentation, we were still able to clock a missing cog in the wheel every now and then. In this case, of course, we’re talking about Bethesda’s most anticipated sequel, The Elder Scrolls VI. Did anyone see or hear anything about that? No, not really.
The Elder Scrolls VI has become a thing of legend as of late, seeing as nobody has really dug anything up on it in a fair while. With three years between the official announcement and this year’s E3, we’re starting to question Bethesda and its enigmatic thread of works. But with all of that said, here’s hoping the RPG kingpin will look to tie the loose ends and have something to present before 2021 draws to a close.