by Jessica Ham
E3 is gamer heaven. Games that people have only dreamt of will finally be a reality, and the heart beats fast with anticipation of what game announcements may come. E3 is my favorite time of year.
This year’s E3 was overall kind of a disappointment for me because a lot of the games I have no interest in, but some exciting games were still announced.
EA was the first to present at E3. Battle-royale modes in video games are insanely popular right now because of Fortnite, so it was no surprise that their first announcement was a battle-royale mode for Battlefield: V. A new Star Wars game was announced called Jedi: Fallen Order, which will take place in between the movies Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and will release during the holidays 2019. Speaking of Star Wars, the Star Wars games Battlefront II will be gaining some new downloadable content including a new starfighter mode. Unravel, the game featuring an adorable sentient bunch of yarn named Yarny, is now getting a sequel which will feature a co-op mode and released the day of the announcement. A brand new title, Sea of Solitude, is an indie game about loneliness and depression which is set to release early 2019. We also learned more about Anthem, a game first teased during a previous E3. The game will be receiving updates for years and years after the game releases, which will make the game playable for a long time. The gameplay trailer did not feature any kind of unique gameplay style, but the developers did promise that the story would be epic.
Microsoft was up next on the E3 line-up. They started off the show by showing a short trailer for Halo: Infinite, a long-awaited new game in the famous Halo series. Not much information was given on the game, but it got people talking. A sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest called Ori and the Will of the Wisps was announced last year, but at this E3, we finally got a vague release date for the game, 2019. The developers of the famous game series Dark Souls announced a ninja type game called Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, coming 2019. Some small details were given on the new Fallout game, but the Bethesda conference covered it much more. My personal favorite was when it was announced that DONTNOD, the makers of Life is Strange, would be releasing a Life is Strange 2 prequel called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit for free on June 26. The game will have little hints on what the story and world will be like in Life is Strange 2. Crackdown 3, starring Terry Crews, had a crazy, silly trailer and will be released February 2019. Kingdom Hearts 3 trailers showcased a new Frozen themed world, with the release date being January 29, 2019. A new Forza racing game was announced but that’s nothing too exciting. Division 2 was finally announced with a new trailer featuring the main character in D.C and will be released March 15, 2019. Finally a new Devil May Cry game was announced and will be released Spring 2019. Just Cause 4 was announced, along with a trailer for the game featuring a tornado. The game will be released December 4, 2018, just in time for the holidays. Gears of War 5 was announced with no release date. The finale of the presentation was a brand new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077.
Bethesda studios was up next in the E3 line-up. Fallout 76 was showcased with a brand new gameplay trailer, with the game releasing in November. A sequel to Doom was announced with very little details and no release date. A new Wolfenstein game called Wolfenstein: Youngblood was announced. The game will feature BJ and Arya’s twins and will be released next year. A new Elder Scrolls was teased very briefly and a new game called Starfield.
Square Enix was up next. They began with a detailed gameplay and story trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which I am crazy excited for. Then a more detailed trailer for Captain Spirit was shown. A new game called Babylon Fall was briefly teased. A very vague and confusing trailer for a game called The Quiet Man was also shown. A pretty disappointing conference in regards to new, never before seen games.
Ubisoft’s conference was next. Beyond Good and Evil 2, which has been teased at previous E3’s, was finally given a gameplay trailer. There wasn’t much to go on, but it was a start. A new pirate game, which is an obvious attempt to compete with Sea of Thieves, called Skull & Bones was announced. A creepy, disturbing VR horror game called Transference was mentioned once again. A Ubisoft/Nintendo crossover, with the character Star Fox appearing in Starlink: Battle For Atlas, was announced. The conference ended with a gameplay trailer for the new Assassin’s Creed game called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, taking place in Ancient Greece, with the choice of playing either as a female or male character.
Sony’s much-anticipated conference was up next. The conference began with an amazing Last of Us II story scene leading up to an amazing gameplay trailer. I am so stoked for this game. Unfortunately, like last year, there was no release date announced. A long intermission then took place as they moved venues. The intermission featured awkward interviews and discussion. It was way too long. An open-world Samurai game called Ghost of Tsushima was announced, and it was absolutely gorgeous. We also had the pleasure of viewing a trailer for the remaster of Resident Evil 2, releasing January 25, 2019. We were also shown a new trailer for Death Stranding, and I still have no clue what that game is about. They ended with an amazing trailer for a Spider-Man game which was discussed last E3 but this year’s trailer featured new villains.
Nintendo was the last to present E3. I do not have a Nintendo Switch, so I was not too excited for this one, but alas, some cool stuff was announced. A new Super Mario Party game was teased with a trailer featuring how the Switch would intensify the excitement of the series, releasing on October 5. A new Fire Emblem game called Fire Emblem: Three Houses was announced and will be released in Spring 2019. Fortnite and Hollow Knight were released on the Switch that very day. The biggest news of the conference however was learning the character roster for Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The roster includes Daisy, characters from Final Fantasy, and so much more.
E3 was full of what seems like a million new game announcements. Some of the conferences fell short, but overall, it is an exciting time for video games.