We’ve had Bethesda, we’ve had a David Lynch style Devolver presentation and we’ve seen the reveal of the Xbox One X as well as EA showcasing why they want us to stick with them. It’s E3 2017 folks! Read on to see more highlights (huehuehuehue) so far, from one of the biggest gaming conferences on Earth!
Day 1 was all about EAPlay and they rolled out, Need for Speed Payback which features some truly beautiful skylines.
A few other sports games came after, which is the norm, as is the crowds reaction to sports games in general – Fifa 18 and Madden are usual suspects every year but still remain very popular parts of the EA library and Fifa is especially popular with content creators and many of the great highlight submissions we get from you folks. But most people were waiting with bated breath for Battlefront II and when Janina Gavankar came on stage rocking an awesome custom made Star Wars dress, the hype went off! Gavankar ran the presentation for Battlefront II and will also be voicing Inferno Squad Commander Iden Versio. One of the best bits of info to come from this was that Battlefront II will have a single player campaign.
A new IP is always exciting and EA did a good job intriguing people with a trailer for a split-screen focused game called A Way Out, by Swedish developers Hazelight.
Bioware‘s new IP, Anthem was announced but very briefly. They held off until the 2nd day which was all for the big boys Microsoft. But seen as that’s a big game on everyones radar, lets roll on to day 2!
Microsoft took to the stage and hit the ball running with their official announcement of the new Xbox, which isn’t any different from the current one so don’t worry that it’s a must have to be able to enjoy the new games that were announced. The first bubble burst was that it will not be called Scorpio, the title is a rather awkward Xbox One X which makes us wonder if in 5 years time, Xbox will run out of space using up the same letters on their marketing materials. Details announced were it:
- will run 4k
- will retail for $499
- release worldwide on November 7, 2017
- will be their smallest console so far with dimensions of 30x24x6 cm, has anisotropic filtering, supporting AMD FreeSync, faster load times, and enables supersampling
The rest of their presentation was primarily just camels. No trust us, it’s all about camels this year and next for Microsoft! We saw one pop up in the new Forza 7, Assassins Creed Origins and Minecraft videos!
It was a safe bet that the new Assassins’s Creed game by Ubisoft would be set in Egypt and the trailer confirmed it. While is looks pretty visually, we’ve yet to really find out if it’s at all different from the 86 Assassin Games that previously exist, but the ability to slide down pyramids is pretty cool!
Terry Crews saved the curse of the dull presenters at E3 when he featured in a crazy action packed, very Terry Crews-like brief trailer for Crackdown 3, which added some liveliness to the show.
With every game that came on the screen, a repeated booming voice echoed EXCLUSIVE to remind you that Xbox still want you to know they’re worth first purchase over PS4 (totally depends on what games you’re interested in of course) and included Life is Strange 2 and Sea of Thieves, which went down well with the crowds. The latter especially given that the Scottish narrator really added to the charm of this pirate based MMORPG. We saw Left For Dead 3, sorry State if Decay 2 and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Metro Exodus looks lovely and scary! The new Dragonball Z game looked visually awesome and despite there being so many DBZ games out there, we were hooked!
To cap the 2nd intense day of gaming previews we’ll end this first round-up with Bethesda who stayed safe, as usually, and showcased new aspects of existing games, some games that have been existing for a while, if you catch our drift. Skyrim and Fallout 4 will be getting a Creation Club for new content and mods, though there’s some controversy at the moment about them being charged. Expansions and DLC were mentioned for Elder Scroll games and Dishonored 2 (we’re not sure if it’s worth mentioning DLC at such big events but we won’t judge too hard). Evil Within is getting a sequel, as is Wolfenstein which we’re especially excited about because that series is such a great FPS!
But perhaps the apt way to end is by mentioning how the 2nd day of conferences ended and that’s one word, one company, one madness – Devolver. Those folks know how to put on a show that will trend hard on Twitter and peoples brains.
In some sort of meta Twin Peaks reality exhibition Devolver’s presentation wasn’t about their games so much as their belief in what these sort of gaming conferences are all about. It was well produced and amusing but it did effect our dreams. The repetition of “VERY” by the host cracked us up and definitely “blew our minds up”. It would be really interesting to see what other companies thought of this presentation, maybe some of them were offended but to be honest it was quite a refreshing moment at a conference that has been lagging in proper entertainment bar the trailers we see for games we are pumped for. Devolver didn’t need to have a generic presentation with generic buzz phrases to reel an audience in, what they did was endear and amuse and stick with people and that’s going to do wonders for whatever game they bring out. We’re already prepared to pre-order!
So lets see what else E3 has in store for us, if it can top Devolver (probably definitely not) and if there’s some exciting games to VERY BLOW OUR MINDS!