In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we take a look at all of the major E3 2016 announcements from each major publisher. Who do you think won E3?
It’s the holy grail of Open Discussion weeks: E3 2016 has just come to a close, and it’s been a wild ride from start to finish. We’ve got plenty of hands-on content cooking up, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy catching everyone up what’s been happening over the last week. With several press conferences and a seemingly endless supply of high profile gaming announcements, there’s no shortage of news to talk about regardless of which console, VR headset, or gaming company one lends their loyalty to.
The Game Rant Open Discussion is a place where all of our readers can get together and talk about anything that happens to be on their mind, even if it doesn’t pertain to subject of videogames. Since E3 2016 just came to a close, though, we imagine there’ll be no shortage of videogame talk anyway, which is why we provide a brief synopsis of some of the week’s biggest events.
This week, we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of talking about five different individual gaming news items, we’re going to give some brief highlights from some of the E3 2016 conferences, so that gamers can quickly catch up on anything they’ve fallen behind for:
There was no shortage of high profile game reveals from Sony’s end of things, for intellectual properties both new and old. Fans watching the Sony Press Conference as it unfolded bore witness the return of Kratos in a lengthy and emotionally-driven God of War gameplay demonstration, and cheer along with the crowd during the announcement that a remaster of Crash Bandicoot was on the way. In terms of new content, there was the long-await Sony Bend title Days Gone, and the confusing but ultimately artistic product of Hideo Kojima himself, Death Stranding.
Sony also shone brightly when it came to virtual reality, revealing a strong catalogue of PlayStation VR titles due before the end of 2016. The headset was confirmed to release this October, with a promise of no less than 50 VR titles due before January. Among the new E3-based virtual reality announcements is VR support for Resident Evil 7 and Final Fantasy 15, along with several interesting VR exclusive titles like Batman: Arkham VR and the sci-fi shooter Farpoint.
Gamers can take a look here to see more of what Sony had to offer at E3 2016.
Microsoft had to shrug off a plethora of leaks ahead of its E3 2016 showcase, which got things started right off the bat with the official reveal of the Xbox One S model. The slim console was expected to be unveiled, though fans were less certain that Microsoft would drop any news of the powerful Project Scorpio console, which ended up being a talking point near the end of the event. Microsoft also announced large-scale features like Xbox Play Anywhere, several upcoming Xbox Live updates, and the ability for fans to design their own controller.
Gamers got a long look at fan-favorite Gears of War 4 with a long co-op campaign demonstration, which closed out with the surprise reveal of Marcus Fenix. Sea of Thieves also got a debut gameplay trailer, and strategy fans got to see a first look at Halo Wars 2 not long after the conference started. Zombie fans will have also been pleased to see both Dead Rising 4 (featuring the return of Frank West) and State of Decay 2 (featuring a focus on multiplayer) announced during the conference.
Gamers can take a look here to see more of what Microsoft had to offer at E3 2016.
Nintendo didn’t have a press conference in the traditional sense, but that doesn’t mean fans were left hungry: Nintendo gave a very impressive demonstration of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shortly after it was unveiled, which we later got to go hands-on with. Fans also finally got a release date for the mobile-based game Pokemon GO, which will eventually tie in with Pokemon Sun and Moon, a title which also had some new gameplay footage shown. As expected, The Big N also brought out some shiny new Amiibo for fans to see.
Nintendo shied away from the VR-oriented focus that has become more prevalent this year, with Nintendo’s own Reggie Fils-Aime stating that the medium simply wasn’t ready for the mainstream, and even took a shot at Project Scorpio’s focus on sheer hardware power, Nintendo appears to be confident with what the Nintendo NX can do, and even got a Ubisoft executive to admit he thought the Nintendo NX will likely bring back some disenfranchised fans.
Gamers can click here to see more of what Nintendo had to offer at E3 2016.
After a classic Ubisoft opening ceremony involving circus dancers and a giraffe wearing a monocle, it was time to get down to business. Celebrity host Aisha Tyler guided fans through Ubisoft’s upcoming catalogue of titles, which ranged from expected features like the reveal of Just Dance 2017 (which could be a Nintendo NX launch title) and more Watch Dogs 2 footage, to previously untouched grounds such as the well-received return of Trey Parker and Matt Stone for South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Fans craving some intense combat didn’t have long to wait either, as Ubisoft gave a thorough look at Ghost Recon: Wildfire, showing a co-op squad of agents capture and extract a target. Topical title The Division was also on display, with both the Underground Expansion and the Survival Expansion getting their own trailers. One of last year’s biggest surprise announcements, For Honor, also returned in a big way with a visceral and bloody cinematic trailer. As if to juxtaposition this as much as possible, Ubisoft closed the conference with the reveal of Steep, a winter-based sports title.
Gamers can click here to see more of what Ubisoft had to offer at E3 2016.
During its E3 2016 press conference, Electronic Arts had several high profile titles at the ready, and they used them all. Fans watching the live conference saw footage from all of the company’s major announced titles, with Battlefield 1 getting a huge gameplay trailer (and later, over an hour of celebrity-filled multiplayer footage), Titanfall 2 showing off its multiplayer action, and even Mass Effect: Andromeda getting a hype-building behind the scenes video.
The company also revealed that FIFA 17 was getting a story mode for the first time ever, which should interest fans who weren’t already sold on the game’s transition to the frostbite engine. In tandem with the gorgeous-looking Madden NFL 17 trailer, these games should pair well with the new triple-tier e-sports system being set up by Electronic Arts.
Gamers can click here to see more of what Electronic Arts had to offer at E3 2016.
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Of course, even the above list of events isn’t including the massive amounts of news that came from both Bethesda’s E3 2016 Presentation and the PC Gaming Show, which each brought plenty of great announcements to the plate. With the news that everything from a Skyrim Special Edition to the the morality-based Vampyr will soon be coming to gamers everywhere, fans now know what to expect in terms of upcoming game release windows. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will be hoping they did enough to satisfy their respective fanbases, but as always, who won E3 2016 is always open to interpretation.
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