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If you’re a fan of video games and their surrounding experiences you’ve probably tuned into news around E3, the annual expo that highlights all the best new video game reveals and previews. Over 68,000 attended. News from Ubisoft, PlayStation and Nintendo were among the announcements made in Los Angeles, and we’ve rounded up what caught our attention.
Bethesda followed up on Fallout 76 (out November 14, 2018)—the first fully online game in the series—so now you can play with and against other players. There’s also a new ‘stealth mode feature’ that can help when trying to hide from other players. The game will be available on Playstation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
The DOOM franchise is expanding too and Bethesda announced the upcoming release of DOOM: Eternal, which promises to have “twice as many” demons in it, according to game director Hugo Martin.
Dipping into nostalgia, Capcom gave fans a look at Mega Man 11 (this year marks the 30th anniversary of Mega Man) and game producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya told Polygon that “…we felt like it made the most sense to create a numbered classic Mega Man game, but a game that would not just tap into the nostalgia of the franchise, but to also jumpstart it and kick it forward.”
“We definitely looked at the classic games…how it feels to pick up the controller. And trying to make sure that that same feeling applies to Mega Man 11 as well,” added game director Koji Oda.
They also announced Devil May Cry 5. According to Capcom, the DMC series has cumulatively sold over 16 million units since its initial 2001 release. We’re loving this trailer.
Perhaps the biggest reveal was the Resident Evil 2 remake though, which comes to PC, PS4 and XBox One on January 25, 2019. The Resident Evil series has sold 83 million units since its first release in 1996.
— GameSpot (@gamespot) June 20, 2018
Ubisoft showed more of Beyond Good and Evil 2, inviting fans to design their own art and music (this didn’t go well with everyone) for the game. Partnering with Joseph Gordon Levitt’s HitRecord platform, Ubisoft announced that now anyone can create content for the game. Images and music can be uploaded to HitRecord.org, they’ll package the content and send to Ubisoft in a teaser demo and once approval and revisions (if needed) are made, HitRecord will fine tune the edits and creators will be paid out for their efforts. If you’re interested you can sign up here.
The game will now allow players to customize their space pirate too, so race, gender and species can all be adjusted to one’s personal preference.
“I think video games are in many ways the future; in many way much more than movies,” said Levitt. “We are a creative platform that lets people all over the world to come together. We will make assets that can go into a video game. We are excited about this.”
Ubisoft also confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which will house players within ancient Greece. Players can choose to play as a male or female assassin and the game is available via Xbox One, PS4 and PC. A new feature allows users the ability to select “choice-based dialogue” throughout and apparently weekly content updates are part of the agenda.
“The idea with Odyssey is to create new content every week so that it’s a [lively] adventure for the fans. So there’s always something new, something fresh and something they can discover and appreciate. We want this Odyssey to be living, to always be fresh, so it’s a different way to create games this way,” said Ubisoft’s EMEA executive director Alain Corre in an interview.
— GameSpot (@gamespot) June 19, 2018
Sony’s unveil of Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us Part II, the sequel to 2013’s The Last of Us, brought some excitement and the upcoming action-adventure survival horror video game is exclusive to PS4. No release date has been confirmed.
Microsoft announced a handful of newly acquired studios including Ninja Theory (makers of Hellblade and Heavily Sword), Playground Games, Compulsion Games (creators of the soon-to-be released game We Happy Few) and the State of Decay developer, Undead Labs. Microsoft’s brand new fifth studio called The Initiative will be run by Darrell Gallagher. Gallagher spent ten years at Crystal Dynamics, the developer that brought us Tomb Raider.
Microsoft announced 50 games during its E3 event and 18 of the games are exclusive to Xbox.
Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Gear Tactics and Gears Pop, the latter based on the Fuko Pop dolls, were among the games teased. Gears 5 also received five “Best of E3” nominations from IGN including ‘Best Xbox One Game’ and ‘Best Shooter’.
Gears 5 focuses strongly around female protaganist Kait Diaz, but Marcus Phoenix, JD and the rest of the Gears of War 4 crew will still be there too. Kait will be in the starring role though. The game is available come 2019.
A first for the Xbox console was Cyberpunk 2077 , which is a newbie from the creator of The Witcher games. Expect a first-person RPG and the game is being targeted for “current-gen consoles,” according to Game Informer.
IGN spoke with lead level designer of the game, Peter Gelencser. “The first-person point of view is there so you can see things happening up close, and so you can really interact with things in a visceral manner, with the game world,” he said. “It worked out well without exploration of the genre.”
“Third-person works well in games like The Witcher when you have a lot of motion and movement around you. But when all the things happen to you, from you, within you, first-person point of view is the right decision to take, especially because of the augmentations,” added Gelencser.
While games are obviously the essentials, the gear is important too and if you’re planning on not seeing the world for a while, a headset that is comfortable and gives good quality sound, is important. Dell’s Alienware, a name that’s been trusted for decades, released its Wireless Gaming Headset which has a virtual 7.1 sound. We’re interested.
Finally, in case you haven’t heard, Fortnite continues to be super popular and people are doing giveaways and offering V-bucks all over the place. There was a big party at E3 where limited-edition codes were made available and a lot of people were pretty excited about that. People like this guy.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 14, 2018
Our top 3 picks from E3:
- Cyberpunk 2077
2. Devil May Cry 5
3. Resident Evil 2