E3 2021 has come and gone, and whilst we got plenty of surprises and cool games thrown at our collective faces, there were some noticeable omissions from the gaming mecca. Here are five RPGs I wish we saw during E3 2021 this past week.
Microsoft is working on a new, Molyneaux-free Fable, and while Playground Games was at the show this past weekend to show off their next entry in their legendary racing sim, Forza Horizon 5, the next iteration in one of gaming's most beloved franchises was noticeably absent. We know Fable is in the works thanks to a teaser trailer shown last year, we don't really know much more other than the fact it exists.
Hopefully now that the team seems to be winding down on Forza Horizon, Fable can start to take center stage and we can get some details as to how the team plans to evolve the much loved RPG.
Bandai Namco had a presence at E3 2021 in a big way, revealing to the world that yes, Elden Ring does in fact exist. However, for MMORPG fans, there is a game many of us are looking forward to news about a Western release at this point. While it was always a long shot, I can't help but feel a little bummed that we didn't get a glimpse of Blue Protocol and whether or not it was coming to the west anytime soon (or even a spotlight of how the development on the Japanese version is going).
Baldur's Gate 3
Another title that we really haven't heard much from in the way of a release is Baldur's Gate 3. I was really hoping Larian would make a surprise appearance at the PC Gaming Show on Sunday and show off the next act in the Baldur's Gate campaign, or give a tease as to what the team building one of the most highly anticipated RPGs is working on.
Alas, the last update we've seen from the studio in any real capacity is Hotfix 11, which came out in May. While silence doesn't mean anything bad, it is a little concerning and I was hoping E3 would be the stage where Larian would pull back the veil again for just a moment and fill in fans.
This RPG being built by Obsidian was revealed last year. And while it got a mention in a sizzle reel and an Xbox Wire post, there wasn't really a presence by the upcoming RPG. We did, however, see updates coming to Grounded as well as a new self-aware trailer for the upcoming sequel to The Outer Worlds. But no Avowed. While it was missing from E3 2021, Obsidian is promising that there will be some new details coming "soon," so hopefully we won't have to wait too long for news from the game set in the same world as the Pillars of Eternity franchise.
The Elder Scrolls VI
This is the obvious one. Bethesda took to the stage and kicked off (and technically closed out) the Xbox + Bethesda Showcase on Sunday. Starfield started things off with a bang, while Arkane's Redfall ended with what might be the best trailer at E3.
However, painfully absent was The Elder Scrolls VI. So far all we've seen is another teaser trailer which dropped in 2018 (this seems to be a pattern) and nothing else really. We have zero information as to where it's set, how it looks, or even what it will be called.
There might have been an easter egg hint hidden in the Starfield trailer, but right now fans have been waiting now 10 years since the last Elder Scrolls game hit the mainline series (ESO has come out since, obviously), so naturally while players are excited to see new IP from Bethesda Game Studios, there is a lot of people also wondering the state of the upcoming game in the RPG series. Hopefully Bethesda can start to reveal some details soon to satiate players until it's time to break out of a prison and start our journeys anew.