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Xbox is back at E3 and the all-digital E3 2021 on the way

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One of the biggest names in gaming is coming to E3 2021 and we have the latest on everything we know about the next Xbox Showcase and the latest news from the world of Xbox.

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Xbox Is Coming to E3 2021

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Xbox's appearance at E3 2021 has already been confirmed, as of April 6 in a tweet from E3. Along with other major gaming companies, such as , EA Play, Bethesda, Nintendo and Ubisoft.

As in previous years, we can expect Microsoft to host a press conference on the days leading up to E3, usually 2 days before the event begins. So we can expect to hear from Microsoft around June 10, 2021.

Last E3's (2019) presentation of Cyberpunk 2077, with surprise guest Keanu Reeves, was the most talked about event at E3 that year, so we can expect Microsoft to want to keep their audiences captivated again this year with more big announcements.

Next Generation of Gaming

Xbox has had an overwhelming positive start to next-gen, following the release of the Xbox Series X and Series S.

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We have witnessed the growth of the Xbox Game Pass library and expanding abundance of next-gen games over the past few months.

On April 19, Xbox announced the launch of the beta for their new Xbox Cloud Gaming. We could then see the official release of this during E3 2021, which would further optimise next-gen gaming for the consumer market.

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Xbox & Bethesda

2021 saw Microsoft acquire ZeniMax Media, of which Bethesda is a subsidiary. Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda could mean some big announcements this year.

While Bethesda's long awaited title of Elder Scrolls VI is likely still a few years away, we may get a sneak peak at how the development of the game is going so far with more footage and maybe even some early gameplay!

At E3 2018, Bethesda announced Starfield, and since that announcement we haven't heard much else, so there is huge potential for some gameplay to be shown and a release date to be announced during the show.

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Exclusive Game Announcements

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Halo Infinite

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Halo is Xbox's exclusive chief commodity and Halo Infinite, the latest instalment of the key franchise, is due to drop later this year.

While a release date may be many months away, E3 will be the perfect opportunity for Xbox to show off their newest title in the Master Chief series.

Hellblade 2

The highly-anticipated sequel to 2017 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice produced by Ninja Theory, Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga was announced back in 2019. All we've seen so far is a graphic trailer, a mere glimpse at the dark-fantasy action/adventure game.

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It's been two years since the game was first announced, so E3 2021 may finally showcase some gameplay and provide us with the release date for the Xbox and PC exclusive game.

Perfect Dark

With the announcement of their new studio The Initiative in 2018, Xbox announced their flagship title for this studio as Perfect Dark back in December 2020.

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This will be the third instalment in the Perfect Dark franchise but the first new title in over 15 years!

E3 2021 will be an excellent opportunity for Microsoft to shed more light on the newest title in the series.

Other Game Announcements

Xbox has a plethora of other game companies and studios, it is not unlike Xbox to make surprise announcements and E3 tends to be a time where game publishes take advantage of this and release their biggest news and most exciting upcoming titles.

This year may be even more greatly anticipated following the cancelation of last year's E3 and Microsoft and Xbox may want to shock their audiences!

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How Can You Watch?

E3 is doing things differently this year, after last years cancellation and continuing pressure from the global pandemic, E3 is still going ahead as a virtual event.

E3 is introducing what it calls 'Evolutionary Access' - a large scale online event available for everyone, everywhere.

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The event will be available for free on an exclusive streaming service and via an app. There will also be access via Xbox's own YouTube and Twitch channels.

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