The 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conferences have concluded featuring the top video game companies and developers showcasing their upcoming titles for 2018 and beyond. The week long event in Los Angeles, California was jam packed with new announcements and excited gamers waiting to try out the demos on the show floor. So, what does the future of the gaming industry have in store?
Before E3 got the show going, Koei Tecmo Games and Team Ninja announced the newest installment in the Dead or Alive series, "Dead or Alive 6." The gameplay footage showcased a more darker toned atmosphere with polished graphics and new interactive stages. New gameplay mechanics were introduced such as fatal rush and the break gauge system in addition to the regular triangle system the DOA series is known for. So far, Jann Lee, Zack, Ryu Hayabusa, Hayate, Helena and Kasumi have been confirmed as playable characters in the game.
Bandai Namco Entertainment and Project Soul’s "Soul Calibur VI" was announced December of last year and fans of the Soul Series got a better glimpse of the game during E3. A more in-depth look at the gameplay footage was shown, however no new characters were announced. The previous installment of the Soul Series was "Soul Calibur V," which was released in 2012. After six years, "Soul Calibur VI" is slated to release October 19, 2018.
Day 1 of the E3 press conferences kicked off with Electronic Arts (EA). in an albeit, lackluster fashion. Many gamers were not surprised when EA started promoting their sports games such as "FIFA 19," "Madden NFL 19" and "NBA Live 19," as per usual.
The biggest gem from this whole press conference was BioWareʻs "Anthem," a online shared-world third-person shooter. The game is set to release February 22, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC and it is Biowareʻs first new IP in 10 years.
Microsoft jumped to the gun by announcing the next installment in the Halo series, "Halo Infinite." Fans of the series only caught a glimpse of the new environments in the game and saw the return of Master Chief.
The announcements kept coming with 50 games, 18 exclusives and 15 world premieres being introduced. Highlights include "Skate 4," "Devil May Cry 5," "Jump Force," "Dying Light 2," "Battletoads," "Just Cause 4," "Cyberpunk 2077" and "Gears of War 5."
That’s right everyone, no more Skyrim ports. Bethesda Game studios teased the long-awaited Elder Scrolls VI. The short teaser trailer showcased a vast world with mountains, oceans and potential places to explore. Not much details were revealed, but the game is currently in development.
Bethesda’s "Fallout 76" was prominently featured throughout the event giving fans more details about the game. This shared-world online survival game features a world four times larger than "Fallout 4." Players can interact online as they traverse through the barren wasteland Fallout is known for. "Fallout 76" is scheduled to release November 14, 2018.
A new IP Starfield was announced during the press conference, as well as new additions to the Rage series with Rage 2 and the Doom series with Doom Eternal.
Announced in 2013, Square Enix’s highly anticipated "Kingdom Hearts 3" was the talk of E3. New trailers and gameplay footage were shown featuring new worlds seen in Disney movies such as "Ratatouille," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Tangled" and "Frozen." The last installment of the main Kingdom Hearts series, "Kingdom Hearts 2," was released back in 2005 for the Playstation 2. "Kingdom Hearts 3" is expected to release sometime early next year.
Overall, the conference was very short showcasing previously announced games such as "The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit," "Dragon Quest XI" and "Shadow of the Tomb Raider." A new crossover was revealed between "Final Fantasy IV Online" and "Monster Hunter World." And a new game The Quiet Man was revealed.
Ubisoft revealed more details about "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey" with the biggest news being that for the second time in the series players can play as a female character named Kassandra. The game takes place in Ancient Greece and fans got to look at more gameplay footage with new additions such as branching dialogue. "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey" is set to release October 5, 2018.
New details were also revealed about "The Division 2," "Skull & Bones" and "Beyond Good & Evil 2."
Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto also made an appearance to help reveal the new Starlink and Star Fox crossover.
Sony started off their press conference in an usual way setting the audience in a makeshift church. After a lengthy banjo performance, this lead into a larger preview for "The Last of Us Part II." The preview showcased the protagonist Ellie and her deadly combat mechanics. Also, fans who are celebrating June’s pride month got to enjoy a little taste of Ellie’s potential love interest.
The press conference soon transitioned into a more modern and technical look that is typical of Sony. They kept the concert going with a flute performance transitioning into game play footage of the "Ghost of Tsushima."
"Nioh 2," "Deracine" and "Control" were freshly announced and a Resident Evil 2 Remake was revealed.
Kojima Productions also revealed more details of "Death Stranding," however many were left wondering about the actual gameplay and story itself. "Death Stranding" was announced in 2016 and no release date is confirmed yet.
The conference ended showing more gameplay footage of "Spider-Man" and "Kingdom Hearts 3."
Opting out again from a press conference this year, a Nintendo Direct was held to end off the E3 lineup.
The main attraction of this Nintendo Direct detailed "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" for the Nintendo Switch. Every fighter from each Smash Bros. game in the past are available to play. Past fighters who did not make it into the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. such as Wolf, Snake, Ice Climbers, Young Link and Pichu have made their comeback in this new installment. New characters were announced such as Ridley from the Metroid series and Inkling from the Splatoon series. New game mechanics such as air dodging, perfect shield and updated movesets and final smashes for each character were showcased.
New games revealed were "Daemon X Machinima," "Fire Emblem: Three Houses" and "Super Mario Party." A new "Fornite" port for the Switch was revealed made available that day.
Footage of "Octopath Traveler" and "Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee" were also shown.
Lack of announcements?
Final Fantasy fans were left wondering about the Final Fantasy VII remake. It has been three years since the FFVII remake was announced at Sony’s press conference in 2015. Fans were treated to a reveal trailer and a gameplay trailer that year. Since then, nothing more has been revealed about this title.
"Shenmue 3" was also absent at this year’s E3, however teasers were showcased earlier this year. After the Shenmue 3’s reveal in 2015, kickstarter campaign for the game amassed around $6 million. The game is expected to release sometime next year.
Animal Crossing fans have also received no news about their beloved franchise. It has been five years since "Animal Crossing: New Leaf" was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. A main series game has not appeared since. Spinoffs were made thereafter with "Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer" and A"nimal Crossing: Amiibo Festival both being released in 2015." And "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp" was released for mobile devices during fall of last year.
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