Hey everyone, Alex here, bringing you the Ultimate E3 roundup!
E3 has come and gone and with that means, as always, new games! I’ve rounded up all of the very best news from each conference!
This is a long post as I go through each of the major conferences, so if you want to jump to any specific ones, you can by following the links below!
- EA’s Conference: EA PLAY
- Microsoft’s Conference: XBOX
- Bethesda’s Conference
- Ubisoft’s Conference
- Sony’s Conference: PS4
- Nintendo Direct
Let’s get things started off with EA!
After last year’s controversy with Star Wars: Battlefront 2, EA had a lot of work to prove that they were still on the side of the players, and not on the side of making money. Opening E3 a day before the rest of the festivities begin, EA was aiming to come out loud and proud. Did they? Not really…
EA started its show off with Battlefield V, the highly anticipated WWII Battlefield game. With it came the first ever multiplayer trailer, as well as an announcement that BFV will contain a battle royale mode, something in the vein of PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite. YouTuber jackfrags also had an exclusive look at multiplayer gameplay, which you can find on his channel.
Battlefield V releases on October 19th, 2018 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
FIFA 19 was also revealed with a new trailer. Earlier this year, FIFA’s competitor, PES (by Konami) lost the licence to the UEFA Champions League, and EA announces that FIFA will now have the UEFA. This means that FIFA will have the largest selection of League licences.
FIFA 19 launches on September 28th, 2018. You can play it on September 25th by pre-ordering the Champions edition. It is available on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Madden 19 was announced as well. For the first time since 2008, Madden will be available on PC.
Madden 19 launches on August 10th, 2018. You can play it on Xbox One, PS4, and now on PC.
NBA Live 19
The last EA Sports game to be shown was NBA Live 19, with a reveal trailer and a full breakdown of the game’s new mechanics and movements.
NBA Live 19 launches on September 7th, 2018. There is a free demo coming August 24th, and it will be playable on Xbox One and PS4.
Jedi: Fallen Order
Jedi: Fallen Order takes place between Episodes 3 and 4, in a time where the Jedi are being hunted. You play as a Jedi, and that’s all we know really about the game. Unfortunately, no footage, concept art, or even a teaser/logo was shown. We can assume it is a single-player action game in the vein of the old Jedi Knight games.
Jedi: Fallen Order is aiming for a Holiday 2019 release and is developed by Respawn Entertainment, the developers behind the Titanfall games.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Battlefront 2 also returned to the E3 stage. After apologizing for the rough launch again, they announced that they plan to support Battlefront 2 for at least another year, with highly anticipated Clone Wars content dropping this fall.
Unravel Two is the sequel to a game that debuted a couple of years ago. The developer took the stage and showed off the game’s new coop and two character element, and announced that it’s available right now.
Unravel Two is playable on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Finally, EA’s showcase was capped off with Anthem, the new shared-world, Destiny-like RPG from BioWare. In my opinion, it’s still far too early to tell if this game will be great or go the route of Destiny 2, but with the announcement of no lootboxes and a large focus on co-op and customization, it’s certainly intriguing. Have a look at the reveal below and let us know what you think about Anthem!
OVERALL: EA’s display at E3 was greatly underwhelming… Not enough footage or new reveals, retreading familiar ground and dedicating half the runtime to the sports games we already knew were coming, as well as 10 minutes of a Command & Conquer mobile game I didn’t talk about because it took up far too much of my time during their conference and I’d rather not take up any of yours.
Last year was mediocre (then again, everyone’s was). This year, they decided to bring the fire and fury, promising fifty games, plenty of exclusives and world premieres. While Microsoft’s three benchmark series were bound to show up, there were plenty of new reveals and surprises that made their conference stand a level above EA’s. With a constant barrage of trailers and footage only stopping a handful of times for someone to talk on stage, their display was truly something to see and a step up from last year. There were so many games revealed throughout this conference that I’m only going to be looking at the highlights and big ones. To see everything that was revealed, click the chart on the right!
Microsoft started their show off with revealing an all-new Halo. Halo: Infinite is technically Halo 6, picking up after Halo 5 and (only) following Master Chief and, presumably, his quest to stop Cortana and her army of rampant A.I. It also is powered by an all-new engine, the Slipspace Engine, and appears to be going back to the art style of Halo 3 with a touch of Halo 4.
Halo: Infinite has no release date yet, but expect to see it on Xbox One and PC in late 2019 or sometime in 2020.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Following Halo, Microsoft revealed another exclusive right off the bat. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a sequel to The Blind Forest, an excellent Metroid-vania game from a couple years back (that I highly recommend). This promises more of the same: excellent gameplay and exploration, gorgeous visuals and an emotional story.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps launches in 2019 on Xbox One and PC.
The new game from FromSoftware, the developers behind Dark Souls and Bloodborne, has finally been revealed. It looks like it will take place in a feudal Japan/samurai time with some mythological elements. It also looks like it will retain the same gameplay and combat, with more of a focus on parrying. We’ll have to see in the coming year what the game looks like, but for now here’s the sweet trailer.
Fallout 76 got a new trailer during Xbox’s showcase but had a much larger showing later. Here’s the trailer, but scroll down to the bottom of the Bethesda section to see the full gameplay reveal.
Fallout 76 launches on Xbox One, PC and PS4 in November.
Metro: Exodus is the third game in the Metro series and promises to retain the same gameplay and tone while evolving to more open-levels and bright colours. This gameplay-heavy trailer is our best look yet at the game!
Kingdom Hearts 3
For the first time ever, the Kingdom Hearts franchise will make its way to Xbox! This new Frozen-heavy trailer highlights some of the worlds and characters we’ll be meeting in our new journey through many of Disney’s properties. A little more should be shown during Square Enix’s conference. For now, though, we can see this fresh new look at the long-awaited sequel!
Forza Horizon 4
Another benchmark series for Microsoft comes in the Forza franchise, and the Horizon subseries is a fan-favourite. Taking the solid gameplay and amazing visuals to an open world setting, Forza Horizon 4 proposes racing with friends and customization like you’ve never seen.
Microsoft Studios: The Push for First Party
One of the biggest complaints gamers have for Xbox is that there is not enough first party support. Microsoft has been listening and has recently put an effort into acquiring studios to develop new first party games outside of the three benchmark series.
Like the picture below shows, five new studios are joining Microsoft Studios and their first party initiatives. Among them are Undead Labs, who recently released the Xbox exclusive State of Decay 2. Also Ninja Theory, whose most recent game Hellblade gained critical acclaim. Finally, The Initiative is a new studio founded by Microsoft with a focus on creating a new benchmark IP. It remains to be seen if these are good acquisitions, but it’s a step in the right direction!
The world of Tom Clancy’s The Division is back, and The Divison 2 promises more of the lootin’ and shootin’ co-op experience the first was acclaimed for. The new gameplay walkthrough shows a squad investigating the capital, Washington D.C., and encountering enemies. More on The Division 2 below, at Ubisoft’s conference.
The Division 2 launches on March 15th, 2019. It will be playable on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry is back, baby! The first ever trailer for the new sequel is here, and it promises all of the crazy gameplay and world fans of the series have grown to love. It is a direct sequel to Devil May Cry 4.
Devil May Cry 5 launches on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in Spring of 2019.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 is Techland’s new zombie/parkour game and it looks to be an improvement over its predecessor already. The game is set 15 years after the first, and while a release date is not currently set, Dying Light 2 looks to bring player choice and impacts to the world. What you do and who you choose to side with effects your world and the outcome as humans try to rebuild civilization. Check out the reveal trailer, gameplay and a bit of developer commentary below.
After a couple of teases for small Gears games, fans were treated to their first-ever look at the upcoming sequel. Gears 5 is set after the cliffhanger of the last game and seems to focus more on Kait and Del, rather than the Fenix family. It also looks to bring Gears gameplay to new areas and with new enemies. Fans of Gears should be very excited. The game is also confirmed to retain the series’ signature couch co-op feel, as well as having online multiplayer.
Gears 5 is coming to Xbox One and PC exclusively in 2019.
Finally, the moment I was hoping for but no one truly believed would come. At the end of the conference, while Phil Spencer was wrapping up, he was cut off by darkening lights and hacking being projected onto the screen. Who’s hacking? CD Projekt Red, of course. Almost two years since The Witcher 3 story wrapped up with the game-of-the-year-winning DLC Blood and Wine, CD Projekt finally showed off a trailer for the long-awaited and much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. I think it speaks for itself.
OVERALL: That’s it for Microsoft and Xbox’s showing at E3. With a solid number of reveals, some excellent surprises and a rapid-fire pace, Xbox set itself as the one to beat immediately this E3. We’ll have to see if anyone can top them. If you want to check out any of the trailers listed in the photo back at the top of the Xbox section of this breakdown that I didn’t highlight, head on over to YouTube and check them out!
Bethesda also revealed plenty of games, including quite a few people have been waiting for and finally revealing the long-awaited Fallout 76. Here are the highlights.
This sequel to the post-apocalyptic shooter from 2011 certainly looks a little more colourful. The gameplay looks like a mix between the first Rage and some Doom, with a bit of its own new flair to it also. Thanks to Avalanche Studios, the driving looks like its add a bit of 2015’s Mad Max to it too.
The highly anticipated (by me, at least) sequel to 2016’s reboot of Doom looks to bring in elements of the other Doom 2, Hell on Earth. It also promises twice as many demons and twice as many badass moments. It’s gonna be tight. More details will be revealed at QuakeCon later this year (August).
Bethesda also announced a new spinoff to Wolfenstein, presumably in the same vein as The Old Blood from a few years back. Set in the 1980s, you play as the twin daughters of B.J., the protagonist from The New Colossus and Wolfenstein 2. Naturally, with twins comes co-op!
Alright, here it is. Fallout 76 had been teased for a while, but we finally found out what it’s all about. In a full walkthrough, Todd Howard describes the new, all-online fallout. The map is four times the size of Fallout 4, and “every person in the world is a real person”. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
Bethesda Game Studios also revealed the first teaser look at Starfield, their first new IP in 25 years. This promises to be a bold new single-player sci-fi RPG and could come out on whatever the “next-gen” consoles are.
Starfield is taking off to the stars… eventually. My guess? Late 2019 or early 2020.
Finally, Bethesda Game Studios gave a little (and I mean little) tease at The Elder Scrolls VI. This trailer was basically to shut up the fans clamoring for any indication that BGS is developing the game. Expect many people to be breaking down exactly where this new chapter in one of the most popular game series ever takes place.
The Elder Scrolls VI releases after Starfield. Expect it on whatever the next-gen consoles will be, and around 2022 or 2023.
OVERALL: Bethesda had a solid show, especially with Bethesda Game Studios and their flagship games. Some other small announcements came too, such as Fallout Shelter launching on Nintendo Switch, an Elder Scrolls RPG for mobile devices, and Prey DLC. In my opinion, Bethesda’s showcase falls above EA, but below Microsoft’s. However, Bethesda Game Studios’ showings are highlights of the expo so far.
Ubisoft had an impressive showing this year, revealing a couple of new games and providing updates on ones out now! Here are the highlights from the Ubisoft press conference.
The highly anticipated prequel to the 2003 game was a solid opener for Ubisoft, showing off the game’s new world and gameplay, as well as revealing that the protagonist from the first game, Jade, is making a comeback. Ubisoft also announced a partnership with actor Joesph Gordon-Levitt’s company Hit Record– meaning that anyone can create art (visual art, music, etc) for Beyond Good and Evil 2 and have it be included in the game! Head on over to Hit Record’s website to check it out, and check out the full presentation with gameplay below.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 launches on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2019.
Everyone’s favourite dirt bike racer and puzzle game is back! Touting new challenges, more multiplayer, and more insane crashes, Trials Rising is the next chapter in the Trials franchise and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
If you liked the pirate elements of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, get ready to set sail in Skull and Bones! A shared world multiplayer game (a la Destiny), Skull and Bones promises high-seas and high-octane adventure.
Skull and Bones launches on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2019.
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood came on stage to talk some more about his upcoming VR game, Transference. While it’s meant for VR, it can be played on a regular screen as well and it looks pretty creepy.
Transference launches this fall on PS4, Xbox One, Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
This upcoming toy-powered (think Skylanders) spaceship game is set for release on October 16th, 2018 on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. If you have the Switch version, you also get exclusive access to Fox McCloud’s ship from Nintendo’s famous Star Fox series in game!
Ubisoft closed out their show by showing off the first-ever footage for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, the upcoming sequel to the long-running series. This installment is set in ancient Greece and looks to further the RPG elements of the last game, Origins. It releases October 5th.
OVERALL: Ubisoft had an impressive conference, swiftly moving from new game to new game, and showing off some impressive gameplay. These were just highlights, but be sure to check out the full list of announced games and trailers on YouTube!
Sony’s conference was a weird one. Highlighting four major games, their presentation was a bit of a slog. Things started out fine with The Last of Us Part 2, but then Sony elected to take a 20-minute intermission before moving on to the rest of the show. Remove all the downtime, and you have only around 35/40 minutes of footage shown.
Things started off strong with Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated sequel to their 2013 game of the year winner. The third-person action game looks to continue the excellent story and beautiful graphics that made the first game so beloved. Check out the full 11-minute gameplay below.
Sony also revealed gameplay for a new third-person action game, Ghost of Tsushima. Here, you look to play as a samurai in aincent Japan. It has gorgeous visuals and brutal combat, although in my opinion it looks like it needs to have a great story to keep it afloat, as the gameplay could get repetitive.
Alan Wake and Quantum Break developer Remedy is back with a game that doesn’t rhyme with those two, Control! Control is Remedy’s first multiplatform game since Max Payne 2, and it looks to continue the art style and magic-ish gameplay of Quantum Break. Could it be set in the same universe?
Resident Evil 2: Remake looks to totally remake and rehaul one of the series’ most acclaimed titles for a new age. Boasting beautiful new graphics that are a step above 2017’s Resident Evil VII and an over-the-shoulder camera similar to Resident Evil 4, this new take on a classic promises to be scary and fun for new and old fans. Check out the reveal trailer below and the full gameplay reveal here.
Hideo Kojima showed off more gameplay for his upcoming game, Death Stranding. We still have no idea what it’s about or like, but it did offer the first taste of some gameplay (except it’s just walking). The game looks to be a cinematic one, with many long takes and epic shots. It stars Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, and Lindsay Wagner.
Finally, Sony also highlighted new footage for their upcoming game Spider-Man. In the conference, we got a look at the combat (similar to Arkham) and story, which looks to include many of Spider-Man’s famous villains. After the conference, Sony showed off new gameplay for traveling the city via webs, which you can see here.
OVERALL: Sony’s conference showed some great in-depth gameplay for some new exclusives, even if the presentation and conference itself was a little wonky. What’s your favourite game shown off during Sony’s conference?
Similarly to EA, Nintendo elected to not have a main-days conference, instead choosing to have a “Nintendo Direct” on June 12th. We finally got the first look at the long-awaited Super Smash Bros. game for Switch! You can check out the entire Direct here, and some highlights below.
Daemon x Machina
An all-new, fast-paced mech game is coming to Switch in 2019! It looks as though you pilot a mech called an Arsenal, which you can customize at any time and use to fight other mechs.
Mario Party returns in style to Nintendo Switch! Going back to the old styles of the franchise, Super Mario Party looks to up the ante with the ability to play with multiple consoles, and even link them together in certain mini-games!
: Three Houses
The long-awaited Fire Emblem game for the Switch was revealed as Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This turn-based action RPG looks to bring the franchise’s signature gameplay, world and style to the Switch. You can take it on the go!
Finally, Super Smash Bros. is coming to Switch! Ultimate features every character that has ever appeared in a Smash Bros. title, over 60 characters! Check out the trailer highlighting the characters below, or the full, in-depth reveal here.
OVERALL: Nintendo had a nice showing, with some long-awaited exclusives leading the way for what looks like to be a great year for Switch players.
Ultimate E3 Roundup Final Impressions
Well, another year, another E3 down. Unlike last year, this year was very impressive, with lots of excellent titles being announced and shown off. If I had to pick a “best in show,” it’d be Fallout 76 based on sheer amount of revealed information and walkthroughs. Based solely on a trailer, I’d have to give it to Cyberpunk 2077.
What are you looking forward to? What was your favourite game shown off?
For The Nerd Mentality, I’m Alex, and thanks for sticking with me through this Ultimate E3 Roundup. Be sure to check out extended gameplay from your favourite games on YouTube, shown in the non-conference days at E3.