The Electronic Entertainment Expo also known as E3 was this week and many big name companies joined in LA to excite the world of video gamers. From software to hardware, companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo had a lot to reveal at E3. Here are the announcements from Monday & Tuesday:
*All of the companies’ briefings are embedded for all of you curious gamers. Briefings are from GameSpot’s YouTube channel.
For those of you who don’t know Bethesda by their name, Bethesda is the developer behind the Fallout series and Skyrim series. Their keynote started with Peter Hines when he announced Doom. “Doom is a special part of each of our gaming histories,” according to Bethesda and they have recreated the original Doom first-person shooter games. Doom includes a single-player campaign and a multiplayer experience as well. The multiplayer experience includes many different modes including freeze tag and pits you against your friends. Bethesda also puts some of the game into your hands. With the new Doom Snapmap, you can create a custom experiences including creating your own game modes. Peter Hines also announced Bethesda.net a home for all of the custom experience creation tools like Doom Snapmap. Bethesda hopes their new Bethesda.net will improve the way you create custom content and share that content as well. The next game, Bethesda announced at E3 is Battlecry. Battlecry is an “online action game with team-based combat and tactical warfare.” They also touched up on their game Dishonored and announced that its sequel, Dishonored 2 will be coming to Xbox One, Play Station 4, and PC. Next up, was a strategy card game based on Elder Scrolls, Elder Scrolls Legends. It is free to play and is going to be released on PC and the iPad. Finally came Fallout. Fallout is a RPG game that is based post-apocalyptic. Fallout 4, the newest Fallout game, starts before the nuclear war and is open world with a lot of “player freedom”. To add to that freedom, you can now build many things by using other materials.
— Fallout (@Fallout) June 16, 2015
Along with Fallout 4, Bethesda announced a second-screen smartwatch that your character uses in the game. You insert your iOS or Android into the actual, physical smartwatch and along with an app creates a second-screen for the game. The only thing they didn’t talk about yet was the mobile platform. They created a game for that too. Fallout Shelter, Bethesda’s mobile game, is a game based on Fallout where you create and manage the vault.
The company from Redmond, best known for their PCs, has a gaming side. Xbox, Microsoft’s gaming console has been around for years and E3 had a lot about the Xbox One. Microsoft kicked off their briefing with a powerful statement, “There are those who take steps and those who take the great leap forward. Those who stay as they are and those that become more than they ever thought possible. They discover, explore, compete, and are fearless. There are those satisfied by common pursuit and those whom the extraordinary will never be enough. So ask yourself, will you step or will you leap?” It was time for Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross and Josh Holmes took time to explain what improvements Halo was getting. Josh Holmes explained Halo’s newest multiplayer, Warzone. With huge maps and better AI, Microsoft hopes this is the best multiplayer you’ve seen so far. Next up at Microsoft’s E3 briefing was an Xbox One exclusive Recore. Xbox head Phil Spencer came on stage to talk about another game, Recore. According to him, the games that are available on the Xbox One currently and the games that are going to be available soon for the Xbox One, “make up… the greatest games line-up in Xbox history.” Then, Phil Spencer turned to the Xbox gamers’ requests. After many complaints from gamers, the Xbox team has finally made it possible to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One using the new feature called Xbox One Backwards Compatibility. You can now also play cross-console multiplayer with Xbox Live. For example, you can play a certain game on your Xbox One while, your friend in the same multiplayer game can play on their Xbox 360. The next gamer dream fulfilled was a better Xbox One controller. Microsoft announced the Xbox Elite; a wireless controller that is almost completely customizable. You can change almost any component of the Xbox Elite controller.
— Xbox (@Xbox) June 16, 2015
Then suddenly Todd Howard, Bethesda’s Game Director, appears on stage. He introduces Fallout 4 and moves on to mods. He announces that mods created on the PC will be available on the Xbox One from now on. Then came EA’s COO Peter Moore. He announced that EA Access will add Madden 16, Titanfall, and Dragon Age Inquisition to the many titles EA Access boasts. Peter Moore also announced Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Finally, Microsoft moved on to the next game in the Forza franchise, Forza Motorsport 6. The next games at Microsoft’s E3 briefing was Dark Souls III, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege, and Gigantic. Gigantic is built for both the Xbox One and Windows 10. Then on screen at Microsoft’s E3 briefing came multiple games. These were many indie games built by multiple developers. Chris Charla came on stage to talk about ID@Xbox. ID@Xbox is a project to help indie game developers to make games for the Xbox and Windows. Chris Carla then announced Xbox Game Preview. Xbox Game Preview makes it so that any gamer will be able to try ID@Xbox games for free and give feedback, if they wish. Then Rare’s Studio Head, Craig Duncan came on stage to talk about Rare’s new game the Rare Replay. In honor of their 30th anniversary, Rare built a collection of 30 classic games for the Xbox One. He also announced Rare’s new Xbox One exclusive the Sea of Thieves. To address virtual reality at E3, Microsoft announced a partnership with Valve VR, touched over their existing partnership with Oculus, and talked about their HoloLens. Lydia Winters from Mojang came on stage to talk about Minecraft and the HoloLens. Along with Saxs Persson, Lydia Winters showed of Minecraft’s endless capabilities when paired with holograms as Saxs Persson used the HoloLens to play Minecraft on a table!
Electronic Arts –
Electronic Arts or EA also joined the other companies in LA. EA’s briefing started off with Mass Effect Andromeda. Coming out in Holiday 2016, Mass Effect Andromeda is an action-based game. EA CEO Andrew Wilson talked about the many games from EA. He covered the sports franchises, Mirror’s Edge, and even Star Wars Battlefront. Then came, Need for Speed. Need for Speed has many modes from racing to exploring Ventura Bay to even impressing 5 real-world car icons. Then came an expansion to Star Wars The Old Republic, to make the game a story-based RPG game. Then Unravel and Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 were unleashed.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) June 18, 2015
Finally, EA turned to their sports franchises. NHL 16 is built around teamwork, Rory Mcllroy PGA Tour is going to have no load times, and the Ultimate Team throughout the games is going to be improved. NBA Live 16 is going to work with a new Game Face App. The Game Face App will scan your face and create a digital version so you can play as yourself in the game. Then came EA’s mobile side. EA talked about their huge success in this aspect of gaming and moved on to new mobile games such as Minions Paradise and a Star Wars game. Pele cam on stage to talk about futbol (soccer). Then was Mirror’s Edge. Mirror’s Edge is a free-roam game with combat involved. You as the player can roam around a huge city at will. Lastly came football, American football. Madden 16 will include a new mode, Draft Championship. Draft Championship will allow you to draft your very own team and playout the NFL season with them. Then after a quick look at Star Wars Battlefront, EA concluded their briefing at E3 2015.
Ubisoft kicked off their E3 briefing announcing the new game, South Park The Fractured But Whole. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot came on stage to talk about Ubisoft as a company and their will to take risks. Then Ubisoft showed off another new game, For Honor. Then Ubisoft moved on to major extensions. The Crew and Trials Fusion are getting new extensions to give players more playable modes and to improve gameplay. Then came the Division under Tom Clancy’s branding. The Game Director for the Division Ryan Bernard came on stage to talk about the Division. The Division is an open world, action-based RPG game. But to him, “at its core, it’s a cooperative experience.” The Division is placed in Manhattan in a time where nothing is safe and no one can be trusted. This makes it so that anything can happen in the game. Ubisoft showed off Anno 2205 after The Division. Anno 2205 is a game that sets place on the moon and is based on the work you do to get to the moon. In Anno 2205 you build a city, make it prosper, and then attempt to get to space. Then came Just Dance 2016. Just Dance 2016 is a competitive dance video game similar to Dance Central from Harmonix. Jason Derulo came on stage to give a live demo of the latest game in the Just Dance Franchise. The also announced Just Dance Unlimited, a streaming service that brings new songs and features to Just Dance throughout the year. Then came Rainbow Six Siege, another game under the Tom Clancy branding. Ubisoft stressed the improved AI in this game. They also talked about giving gamers more modes to add to the fun. Then Ubisoft announced that Track Mania is finally making the jump from PCs to consoles. Then came Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise. The next game in this series is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. According to the game’s creative director, Marc-Alexis Cote, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, “takes place in London in 1868. [This is] right in the middle of the industrial revolution.” Lastly, Ubisoft announced one more title under the Tom Clancy’s branding, Ghost Recon.
Conclusion of E3 Part 1 –
Bethesda, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft made up just 4 of the biggest briefings at E3 in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, check back at my blog to see coverage of the other 3 briefings from Sony, Nintendo, and Square Enix. Hope all of you enjoyed E3.