Some highlights include an announcement for Xbox’s new console, Project Scarlett, release dates for highly-anticipated titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Dying Light 2, and the reveal of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild currently in development.
Additionally, we received new content updates for existing games, including two DLC Fighters for Smash Ultimate, an upcoming raid for The Division 2, and a Rise of the Ghosts Expansion for Rage 2. And we haven’t even discussed the 100+ new Indie game announcements that took place during E3.
So in order to make things less-overwhelming and help you catch up on any news you may have missed, we’ll be highlighting some of the best games on display at E3 2019. This includes new reveals as well as updates for previously announced titles that have us excited. Make sure to check back for more info on upcoming games and reviews for the latest releases.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
Arguably one of the biggest reveals to come out of E3 is that Nintendo is currently producing a sequel to 2017’s BOTW. The first game received praise for its detailed world, open-ended gameplay, and approach in propelling the series forward. Largely considered to be one of the best games ever created, BOTW won multiple awards including several “Game of the Year” honors.
The sequel appears to maintain the visuals of the original while taking on a much darker tone. In the trailer, we can see Ganondorf’s corpse become reanimated before an exterior shot shows Hyrule Castle being lifted into the air. The game’s already being compared to the likes of Majora’s Mask, another heavy hitter in the Zelda series known for its darker themes and more mature undertones.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Going into E3 we pretty much knew Square was planning to blow our minds and show off more of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. And somehow, we were still caught by surprise when Cloud, Barret, Aerith, and Tifa appeared on screen. The cast’s upgraded character models look absolutely stunning and fit in perfectly with the game’s highly-detailed environments.
We were also given a look at the game’s new combat system, which blends elements of real-time action with strategy. Players will be able to attack enemies freely on the battlefield in order to fill a meter which when activated, stops time to allow players to perform special abilities or cast spells with any member of their party. The remake will be releasing via a series of standalone titles, the first focusing on the city of Midgar, is scheduled to launch next year on March 3, 2020.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
While it seemed likely that Nintendo would finally show the next installment of the popular life sim in their E3 Direct, seeing the upcoming Switch game in its entirety for the first time was a remarkably emotional experience for Animal Crossing fans. Titled Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the game sees your new character traveling to a tropical island as part of business-savvy tanuki Tom Nook’s “deserted island getaway package.”
No longer held back by the limitations of the 3DS, New Horizons’ online multiplayer will allow up to 8-players to inhabit the same island and interact. The game also introduces a plethora of new features including the ability to create paths, place furniture outside of homes, item crafting, and expanded character customization. The only downside is the fact that the game will no longer be releasing in 2019 and has been delayed until March 20, 2020.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Rumors that a new Watchdogs game set in London had been circulating long before E3, however Ubisoft confirmed the game’s existence when they released a cryptic teaser days before their scheduled presentation with the caption “God Save the NPCs.” Now we know what they were hinting at as Watchdogs: Legion will allow players to seize control of any NPC in the game as they fight to overthrow a corrupt private military corporation controlling London.
Each character will have unique perks that can be useful for different situations, such as dealing bonus damage with a specific weapon or against certain enemy types, faster cooldowns for abilities, discounts at different vendors, etc. Additionally, the game will include an online co-op mode where you’ll be able to participate in missions and side activities with other players. We’re eager to see what the limitations of Legion’s new systems are and can’t wait for the game’s March 6, 2020 release date.
Deathloop is the next project to come out of Arkane Studios, the makers of Dishonored and Prey. The game is described as “first-person action” and is set on a lawless island called Blackreef where two rival assassins are trapped in a perpetual time-loop. Although no gameplay was shown, the cinematic trailer does a great job at setting the tone for the game, which appears to be centered on flashy murderous fun.
At one point we see both assassins use special abilities; one has a sort of force push and the other can teleport across short distances, which has become a staple in Arkane games. While Deathloop seems like it will be PvP in nature, there are some parts that suggest players will have to deal with AI-controlled enemies in addition to hunting down an opponent.
Ubisoft also announced Roller Champions, a new game that was available to play for free following its reveal. Roller Champions is a 3v3 roller derby sports game that’s been compared to Rocket League and features cartoony, Fortnite-esque visuals with a futuristic twist. Gameplay is centered on maintaining possession of a ball as you complete laps around an arena.
The more laps you complete before scoring a goal affects the number of points your team receives, resulting in an addictive high-risk, high-reward game scenario. Aside from being able to pass the ball to teammates, tackle your opponents, and dodge incoming attacks, Roller Champions features a fluid movement system that’s dependent on building up momentum. The version that was available to the public is a pre-alpha demo and it’s currently unknown when the full game will be released.
Carrion is a 2D reverse horror game that puts the player in control of a deadly amorphous creature that appears to have broken free inside a hidden military complex. While we’ve seen this monster role reversal executed by other games, Evolve is one that comes to mind, they’ve never managed to nail the concept in a way that feels truly satisfying.
From the trailer shown, Carrion seems like it will follow a Metroidvania format, with the creature being able to reach new areas by increasing its size, which we assume is achieved by consuming a ridiculous amount of humans. The Devolver published title is currently being produced by Indie developer Phobia Game Studio and is scheduled to release sometime in 2020.
Remnant: From the Ashes
A new trailer for Remnant: From the Ashes was shown, detailing some of the game’s story and providing a release date for August 20, 2019. Given how many titles were announced for 2020, it was a nice change of pace to see a game we’ll be able to get our hands on in a few months. The game has been described by others as being “the Dark Souls of third-person shooters,” due to its dark tone and giant bosses who each seem uniquely challenging.
In the last couple years we’ve seen a nice selection of budget co-op shooters like Strange Brigade, Generation Zero, and World War Z release and it’s great to see more options being offered to players. At launch, Remnant: From the Ashes will include two dynamic environments to explore and developer Gunfire Games plans to add more content down the road.
Bleeding Edge appears to be the next step in the evolution of what’s been deemed the “Hero Shooter” genre. However, unlike games like Overwatch or Paladins, Bleeding Edge focuses on 4v4 melee-based combat played from a third-person perspective. The game comes from developer Ninja Theory, best known for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and DmC: Devil May Cry.
Early impressions suggest the brawler feels like a cross between a MOBA and Overwatch, with team composition playing a large role in the tide of battles. That makes sense considering the game’s already lengthy list of playable characters who each serve a different role. No word on when the game will be released, however a technical alpha is scheduled for June 27.
When Resident Evil mastermind Shinji Mikami announced he would be coming to E3, fans had no idea it would be to announce a new property being developed by Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within. While not officially categorized as being a horror game, Ghostwire: Tokyo presents a fairly ominous set-up –the citizens of Tokyo have begun disappearing without a trace and it’s up to you to uncover the source while a sinister group attempts to thwart your efforts.
The cinematic trailer features stunningly-detailed character and environment designs, not to mention the best CGI bowl of noodles we’ve ever seen. Arguably the most fascinating detail is the fact that Ikumi Nakamura, creature designer for The Evil Within games, will serve as the game’s creative director. If Ghostwire: Tokyo can somehow manage to keep players both confused and interested, it may end up rivaling Death Stranding as one of the most bizarre titles to come out of this generation.
Genesis Noir is an adventure title being developed by Feral Cat Den and was announced back in early 2018. The game tells “a unique cosmic story” about a selfish artist named Golden Boy, a seductive jazz singer named Miss Mass, and the player character No Man, a watch salesman attempting to prevent the Big Bang from taking place.
Gameplay will be focused on exploring different worlds, getting to know each character, and solving puzzles. Most interesting is Genesis Noir’s gray-scale visuals, which evokes memories of old detective movies and fits in nicely with the game’s sci-fi themes. The project hasn’t been given an official release date, however it’s confirmed to be launching on PC and Mac.
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