E3 2021: Tracking all of Saturday's latest video game announcements

E3 2021: Tracking all of Saturday's latest video game announcements

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) returns after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event will be online only and runs Saturday through Tuesday with a slew of briefings from companies including Microsoft and Nintendo.

USA TODAY will be following all the E3 announcements and have already been tracking news and updates from the Summer Game Fest, which began Thursday, including the release date for “Elden Ring,” a long-teased game by From Software, the studio behind “Dark Souls” and “Bloodborne,” and Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin.

Among the other games many are most anticipating updates about are “Halo Infinite,” due later this year for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Windows PCs, and the “Marvel’s Avengers” Black Panther downloadable content.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garretti appeared in a video appearance in the live E3 pre-show to welcome online viewers and to say, “we look forward do seeing you in person in 2022.”

Scroll down for the latest updates from Saturday:

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Riders Republic: For your inner thrill seeker

The extreme sports game features a variety of sports including snowboarding, dirt biking, and other activities. Footage of the game shows what appears to be an open world where players will seek out and complete various events to bolster your experience and earn new gear. You can also race with jetpacks. Huge bonus. Perfect for fans of games like Tony Hawk or SSX. However, there are opportunities to relax and explore landmarks. The game launches September 2.

Rocksmith+: Another way to learn guitar

Bet you didn’t expect the video game event to feature tools for learning musical instruments. Ubisoft’s long-running music game Rocksmith helps teach users how to play acoustic or electric guitar. You connect to a mobile device, PC, or video game console to learn from a large catalog of songs, with new arrangements coming each week. Among some of the key features coming soon to the new Rocksmith+: advanced note detection, real time feedback, personalized recommendations and video lessons. Users can also adapt the experience to their pace. The interactive subscription music service will launch later this year. You can register now to participate in the Rocksmith+ beta on ubisoft.com.

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