The biggest gaming event of the year, E3 is back for 2021, and this year it's all online! Once again in 2021, Sony has opted out of presenting at the conference, but there are a number of titles being announced during various developer presentations.
Why is Sony Skipping E3?
Sony hasn't attended E3 since 2018. The company confirmed in late 2018 that they would be skipping the expo in 2019 as it "continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community". E3 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the company is expected to skip the conference again in 2021 as it was not on the list of confirmed presenters.
Game Demos and Announcements
Sony may not have appeared at E3 this year, but there have still been a number of upcoming games and release dates revealed during other developer presentations, as well as a steady stream of new trailers appearing on the PlayStation YouTube account. Some highlights include:
- Golf Club Wasteland - Coming to PS4 August 2021
- Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection - Available now on PS4
- PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls - Coming to PS4 August 2021
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Trunks: The Warrior of Hope - New DLC available June 11, 2021
- Salt and Sacrifice - Coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2022
- Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands - Coming to PS4 and PS5 in early 2022
- Two Point Campus - Coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2022. Enroll now for a free item at launch
- Jurassic World Evolution 2 - Coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2021
- Evil Dead: The Game - New gameplay overview trailer. Coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2021
- The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes - Coming to PS4 and PS5 October 22, 2021
- Last Stop - Coming to PS4 and PS5 July 22, 2021
- Death Stranding Director's Cut - Expanded and re-mastered for PS5. Coming soon
- Battlefield 2042 - Coming to PS4 and PS5 October 22, 2021
- Dolmen - Coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2022
- Mortal Shell: The Virtuous Cycle - Coming soon to PS4 and PS5
- The Sims 4 Cottage Living Expansion Pack - Coming to PS4 July 22. Pre-order or purchase by September 2 to get the Gnome on the Go Digital Content
- Arietta of Spirits - Coming to PS4 summer 2021
- Rainbow Six Extraction - Coming to PS4 and PS5 September 16, 2021
- Rocksmith+ - Coming to PS4 and PS5 fall 2021. Register for closed beta today
- World War Z: Aftermath - Coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2021
- Trek to Yomi - Coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2022. Inspired by the films of Akira Kurosawa, from Leonard Menchiari and Flying Wild Hog
- Hades - Coming to PS4 and PS5 on August 13, 2021
- Dodgeball Academia - Coming to PS4 in 2021
- Orcs Must Die! 3 - Coming to PS4 on July 23, 2021
- A Tale of Paper - Coming soon to PS5 with new content
- FAR: Changing Tides - Coming soon to PS4 and PS5
- Soulstice - Coming to PS5 in 2022
As mentioned earlier, since Sony opted out of presenting at this year's conference, upcoming games are expected to be announced during various gaming studio presentations throughout E3. We'll keep this list updated as more games are announced.
Did you miss Sony's presence at E3 once again this year? Are there any games you're looking forward to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!