Summer Game Fest Kick-Off Live was the first E3 2021 show, and it started off things with a bang. The big reveal of the event was From Software's Elden Ring, which was developed with the help of Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin.
Hosted by Geoff Keighley, Thursday's almost two-hour Summer Game Fest Kick-Off Live show featured reveals of new games, updates on popular games and new indie titles that are coming out soon. The big debuts along with Elden Ring include Gearbox Entertainment's Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Death Stranding Director's Cut and a teaser for Call of Duty Cold War season 4.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Gearbox started the show with a new game from the Borderlands universe, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands. It's a looter shooter featuring the voices of Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes and Will Arnett. While this does feature Tiny Tina, who was introduced in Borderlands 2, the game itself will not play like a Borderlands game.
Metal Slug Tactics slows down the classic run-and-gun arcade game
Metal Slug is a long-running arcade franchise that's getting a whole new experience. Metal Slug Tactics takes the characters from the series and puts them in a strategy RPG.
Death Stranding Director's Cut
Hideo Kojima made a brief appearance to talk about the pandemic while also revealing Death Stranding Director's Cut. The teaser was an homage to Metal Gear series with Sam Porter trying on a box similar to Solid Snake. The director's cut of the game will release "soon."
Jeff Goldblum introduces Jurassic Park Evolution 2
Jeff Goldblum, the star of two Jurassic Park movies, made an appearance to show the upcoming game sequel, Jurassic Park Evolution 2.
The first game came out in 2018 and allows players to construct and manage their own Jurassic Park.
Call of Duty Season 4 info
Call of Duty Cold War Season 3 comes to an end on June 15, which means the next season is on its way. A teaser showed some of the new maps and content coming to multiplayer, zombie mode and Warzone.
No details were revealed about the next Call of Duty game.
Ryan Reynolds talks Free Guy movie
The video game movie Free Guy was originally supposed to come out last summer, but after multiple delays, it's finally coming on Aug. 13. Reynolds, who stars in the movie, made an appearance to offer a new trailer.
Salt and Sacrifice brings back the original 2D Souls-like game
Sony's Shuhei Yoshida to introduce the sequel to one of the first Dark Souls-like games, Salt and Sacrifice. The original Salt and Sanctuary game out in 2016 featuring similar gameplay to the Souls games but in 2D. Salt and Sacrifice features similar action and graphics, and it's releasing in 2022.
Take part in a vampiric battle royale in Blood Hunt
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is supposed to come out this year, but a multiplayer game based in the world is also coming. Players will fight it out to see which vampire survives. There is a sign-up page for those interesting in participating in the alppha.
More Among Us cosmetics
If you're still playing Among Us, there's more content coming for players. This includes a new map, more cosmetics and achievements.
Eleven, Demogorgon and Hopper From Stranger Things head to Smite
Smite, the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, features gods battling each other in a 3D team-based combat similar to League of Legends. The MOBA will get some new characters from Netflix's Stranger Things series along with an Upside Down map. The content comes in the upcoming battle pass for the game on July 13, in time for season 4 of the series.
House of Ashes is here to scare you
The third entry of The Dark Pictures Anthology, House of Ashes, comes right before Halloween on Oct. 22. The horror adventure game will put players in the role of US soldiers trying to survive. Each choice made will determine whole will live and who dies.
Evil Dead The Game lets players be the good guys or bad guys
The iconic horror-comedy franchise has a new multiplayer game coming. This time around, players can take control of the demons to feast on the humans.
Finally, Elden Ring
Finishing the show was From Software's Elden Ring. The developer worked with Game of Throne's creator George RR Martin on the game, which fans have been anticipating for years since it was first announced. At the end of the trailer came the Elden Ring release day: Jan. 21, 2022.