All the highlights from E3 2019.
So it’s that time of year again, E3. A week where the press, and in recent years the public, can see the newest and brightest ideas and designs in entertainment and electronics. Where companies gather in sunny LA to show us their products. Despite the decline in some video game companies attending, the event is still a huge one for video game enthusiasts. Now before we start, I have to say that I will not be including Nintendo, Sony, or EA (unless it was apart of another company’s show) as none of them were actually at the show and instead held their own streaming conferences, which is likely going to be a regularly done thing from now on. Here’s part 1 of the highlights of E3 2019. Be sure to check out part 2 afterwards.
Microsoft – Where’s the Gameplay?
The Outer Worlds – Releases 25th October 2019
Starting off the press event was The Outer worlds by Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2, Pillars Of Eternity, Tyranny, Dungeon Siege 3). Despite the controversy surrounding their Epic Games Store timed exclusivity deal for PC, the game itself is looking to be much in the same vein as Fallout was. The same dark humour, the same surviving mutants, aliens, and other humans. To top it all off, gain strange and powerful weapons and armour as you travel across the Halcyon colony and fighting or joining it’s corporate government. I’ll definitely be getting it…. on Steam.
Bleeding Edge – Ninja Theory’s New Game Revealed
Ninja Theory’s addition to the already oversaturated super team deathmatch genre, Bleeding Edge.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Releases 11th February 2020
We got a new trailer for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. One of the few games that did show gameplay. The game continues to stick to it’s platforming roots with a menagerie of creatures serving as foes for Ori to fight. The trailer didn’t show much in the way of story but, in typical Ori fashion and combined with it’s haunting orchestral soundtrack, it’s likely to tug at your heartstrings.
Star War Jedi: Fallen Order
Next on my tentative “to play” list is Star Wars Fallen Order, mainly due to EA dropping Frostbyte engine and instead using Unreal 4. Not to mention that it’s single-player, no always-online requirement, and no microtransactions. Not to mention Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall 2) is behind it. As long as EA doesn’t interfere, this just might make up for Anthem, and the last two Mass Effect and Dragon Age games (though if I am honest I won’t hold my breath on that front). It’s releasing 15th November 2019.
The Blair Witch Project Announced
A surprising announcement, a video game based on the critically acclaimed horror film The Blair Witch Project. In which the protagonist is a police officer looking for a lost girl alongside his German Shepard partner. The game certainly caught my attention. Releases 30th August this year.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Releases 16th April 2020
We got more on Cyberpunk 2077. Unfortunately it was a cinematic trailer. The big news though is that Keanu Reeves is going to be a major character in the game.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
A brand new RPG, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, for early 2020. A fully Japanese voiced game where you go through the Z saga as Goku. While this was interesting, it might be marred by the fact that the story has been told and retold ad nauseam.
Elden Ring Announced
One new game to be shown during this conference was Elden Ring, a story written by George. R.R. Martin (A Song of Fire and Ice, Game Of Thrones), and developed by FromSoftware (Demon Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro) and produced by Bandai Namco.
Halo Infinite – New Trailer
After a trailer, it was announced that Halo Infinite would be a Project Scarlet game (the next generation Xbox console).
Tales of Arise Announced
Tales Of Arise was announced, and looked good for a cinematic trailer. However, not much was revealed about the game. And honestly, there wasn’t any gameplay.
Phantasy Star Online 2
And the best announcement had to be Phantasy Star Online 2. Releasing Spring 2020. Finally, after 7 years of waiting it comes to the west on Xbox and PC with all the current Japanese content at launch. So we won’t be behind Japan’s servers. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play.
Bethesda – Bought Audience?
This whole press conference was so cringy. It sounded like the audience was bought to cheer everything. It was so annoying.
GhostWire: Tokyo Announced
The most notable new game announced by Bethesda and Tango Gameworks. Two people from the company, Executive Producer Mikami, and Creative Director Ikumi Takamura. Takamur, being a cheerful and passionate young woman, that actually managed to put a smile on my face because of her enthusiasm. Something that has been lacking far too much at E3. The new game they showed off was GhostWire: Tokyo, an action adventure survival horror game. Japanese people are literally disappearing, leaving only their clothes as a sign they existed at all. You play as a member of a team of supernatural hunters that are tasked with taking down the evil supernatural creatures responsible, and face the occult to protect humanity. From what is shown briefly, it looks like they are all Yokai Japanese folklore spirits. And judging by the fact that people are disappearing, this is likely a case of people being spirited away.
DOOM Eternal – Releases 22nd November 2019
Doom Eternal will release 22nd November this year, which is the only other game worth noting at the Bethesda conference.