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Jessica’s June Video Game News

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by Jessica Ham

E3 happened just two weeks ago, but it has given me time to reflect on the video game announcements made at the press conferences. Unfortunately, as excited as I was for E3 this year, it was a pretty big disappointment. This was not that much of a surprise since Sony, who usually steals the show, was not there this year. Many called it the most boring E3 in years. Still, some exciting games were announced.

Microsoft was the first of the big press conferences at E3. They announced an expansion to Xbox Game Pass called Game Pass Ultimate which includes all of the games from the original Game Pass along with the ability to play them on PCs and the inclusion of Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft revealed that they have now acquired Double Fine Productions, the makers of Psychonauts who are now working on Psychonauts 2. They also finally announced that they are bringing Xbox to the cloud through Project X Cloud, which allows players to play games wherever they want, including on tablets and smart phones. video games

I could go on and on about all the games that were announced, but for now, I will talk about the ones with the most hype. A game based on the Blair Witch Project was announced, with a release date of August 30. The ultimate show stealer, of course, was the announcement that Keanu Reeves will be a featured character in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077. Keanu then went on to the stage himself to announce the release of the game, April 16, 2020. Elden Ring, a game created partially by George R. R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame, was announced. It is Lord of the Rings and Dark Souls inspired. The show ended with a reveal that a new Halo game called Halo Infinite will be released in Holidays 2020 along with the new Xbox called Project Scarlett.video game

The Bethesda and Ubisoft were quite boring and a disappointment, so I am going to skip straight ahead to the amazing Square Enix conference. Most of the conference was spent teasing the remake of Final Fantasy XII. This remake has been highly anticipated as this was one of most popular Final Fantasy games of all time. At the conference, they teased gameplay mechanics additions to the story and the greatly improved graphics. The conference ended with a teaser trailer for Marvel’s Avengers, releasing May 15, 2020. The game takes place on a day of celebration for the Avengers when all of the sudden, something goes terribly wrong. The game gives players the ability as all of the main six Avengers. The game has people really excited but also disappointed as the character design was very off putting and strange. Despite this complaint, they have not decided to change the character design.video game

The final conference was the Nintendo direct. We finally met the new CEO of Nintendo Doug Bowser (ironically), and he did not disappoint. He seems to fit in quite well there. They announced Luigi’s Mansion 3 which will improve upon the cult classic game from the past. There is yet no official release date for the game. Many exciting characters were announced to be added to Super Smash Bros, but the most exciting was the popular characters Banjo & Kazooie, which fans have been waiting and waiting to finally be added to the game. More details of Pokemon Sword & Shield were revealed including new Pokemon and multiplayer abilities. The game will be released on November 15, 2019. Many iterations of the Zelda series were announced, but the most exciting was that of a sequel to Breath of the Wild, one of the most popular Legend of Zelda games of all time. There is no release date as of yet, but they did announce that they are working on it.video game

Unfortunately, there were not many exciting things announced this year, but I am holding out hope that there is more to come.

Jessica Ham is 26 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she’s right at home covering entertainment.

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