E3 2017: The Biggest Highlights and Announcements!

E3 2017

E3 is here, or “Gamer’s Christmas” as I like to call it. The biggest games of 2017 and early 2018 are being revealed as the titans of the industry announce everything they have planned for us. Join us as we check out the biggest highlights from Sony, Bethesda, and Ubisoft’s press briefings!

Sony’s E3 2017 PlayStation Conference

Every year, Sony brings the heat to E3. Did they manage to make lightning strike once again? Time to find out!

Uncharted Lost Legacy

Sony opened with a new trailer for Uncharted: Lost Legacy, and it's looking excellent. This new side adventure features Chloe and Nadine from the main series and looks to be just as bombastic as every other Uncharted game.

It's coming August 22nd for a cool $40.

Horizon: Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

We knew there was DLC coming for the excellent Horizon: Zero Dawn, but now we have a name: The Frozen Wilds. Not much to go on from this trailer, but it looks like more of the action and story we love.

It's coming sometime this year!

Days Gone

Days Gone had another gameplay demo this year with some awesome new gameplay. We also saw zombie animals for the first time. My personal favorite?

That's easy, it's the zombie bear! No release date yet, but this exclusive is looking to be a nice mix of Uncharted, The Last of Us, and some horror as well.

Monster Hunter World

A new Monster Hunter? Oh yes, and it's coming to the PS4 in early 2018! The level of graphical detail, combined with the tried-and-true gameplay means that this could be the best entry in the series to date!

I'm just pumped to see a new Monster Hunter coming to the PS4!

Shadow of The Colossus

The excellent team at BluePoint Games announced that they're working on a remake of Shadow of the Colossus, which was the game that came before The Last Guardian.

This is easily one of the best games out there, so it's amazing to see this remake. It's well-deserved.

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite

This next entry in the acclaimed fighting series is coming September 19th, 2017. The trailer this year at E3 also confirmed the story mode, which look to be a fan-fiction lover's dream come true.

There's also a demo available right now, so go check it out!

Call of Duty WWII

Call of Duty is going all the way back to World War II this year, and the latest trailer definitely had some Battlefield vibes, but that's not a bad thing.

With Battlefield taking the year off, perhaps this will be Call of Duty's chance to become relevant again. We shall see, but it looks like a gritty and intense approach to the WWII era.

Virtual Reality

The era of VR is here, and things are getting more exciting with every release. Sony brought several new titles to the show floor, all of which are looking really interesting.

Here's a recap:

  • Skyrim VR (2017) - Yes, we are getting Elder Scrolls V on PlayStation VR!
  • The Inpatient - This is a new horror title from the developers that brought us Until Dawn and Rush of Blood
  • Starchild - This is a side-scrolling adventure coming to us from GameTrust which is the publisher that also brought Song of the Deep to the world. Should be fun in VR!
  • Bravo Team - Not content with one game, the Until Dawn developers are also working on a fast-paced VR shooter called Bravo Team that looks like a modern warfare setting.
  • Moss - This adventure/puzzle game stars a brave little mouse. It has an awesome style that will look really cool in VR when it releases.
  • Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV - While not the same VR content we've seen for FFXV, this new fishing game is coming to PlayStation VR in September. Should be pretty interesting!

God of War

The new God of War is looking incredible, and this year we got a new trailer that further cements the Nordic setting. It looks like Kratos is going up against the Norse Gods, which should be pretty amazing.

He's also sporting a great beard and rocking the dad role pretty well. It's coming in 2018!

Detroit: Become Human

David Cage's new game is still coming, and while we don't have a date yet, the latest trailer reveals more of the story. The androids are tired of being people's property, and it looks like a revolution is coming!

Here's hoping it can deliver on the hype and give us some meaningful decisions to make that will alter the story in noticeable ways.

Destiny 2

Coming September 6th, we're getting the official sequel to Destiny. It's shaping up to be bigger and better in every way. I'm personally excited to see how the story evolves in the new game and what exciting new revelations await.

Either way, fans of the first game have a lot to be excited about as it moves into the next phase of the story.

Spider-Man

Insomniac, famous for Ratchet and Clank, has been working on a new Spider-Man game that was announced last year. This new one got some excellent gameplay at the press conference.

The action looks intense, the swinging is smooth, and the combat seems to be inspired by the Batman games, which is perfectly fine with us!

So, all-in-all, a solid press conference from Sony with a few good surprises. Does it surpass last year's? Not quite, since we saw more from the games we knew about, but it was still some excellent updates on titles we're all dying to play.

Bethesdaland at E3 2017

Bethesda took us to their imaginary theme park “Bethesdaland” for a look at upcoming titles in 2017. Let’s see what they have in store!

1. Elder Scrolls Online DLC

The Elder Scrolls Online has been enjoying a lot of attention since its inception. The game is a lot better than it used to be, but Bethesda isn’t done yet. Not only has Morrowind released, but some new DLC is coming down the pipeline as well.

For players of the MMO, this is excellent news!

2. Creation Club

Mods are a huge part of Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition. Bethesda is trying to take this to the next level with the Creation Club. These are premium mods made by developers and top modders in the community, but what has people complaining, is the fact that they are paid mods.

Normally, mods are free, and the community has a lot of choice opinions about paid mods, so this move, while interesting, could anger the community. Judging by the feedback thus far, it seems like this may be a divisive decision on Bethesda’s part. We’ll see how it does when it releases in summer of 2017.

3. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Dishonored’s DLC was an excellent addition to the story, and it looks like Dishonored 2 is going to come back with some epic content as well. That being said, this is going to be a standalone experience in the Dishonored universe, so you won’t need the game to play it.

With a name like Death of the Outsider, I’m immediately intrigued by this one. It looks like it features one of the characters from the first game, and someone from the second. It’s exciting for sure, and it will be out September 15th, 2017.

4. The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within was a cool horror game from the creator of Resident Evil, and it was really unique. Bethesda confirmed that there will be a sequel coming this fall, on Friday, October 13th. The trailer was intense, and showed some clips of gameplay, but overall it looks like it improves on the graphics and feel of the first one.

It looks like it’s exploring more of the game’s world that was hinted at in the DLCs for the first game, which is great, because that was very intriguing.

5. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of my favorite games of this generation, and to see a sequel is exactly what I wanted from the Bethesda conference. This sequel takes the fight to American and continues the events from the first game.

The story and characters are stronger than ever, at least from what we’ve seen in the trailer. I am super stoked to see where this new one goes, and I’ll be picking up this title immediately at launch. Which, by the way, that’s 10/27/17.

Ubisoft: E3 2017

Ubisoft has a lost to show us this year. Did they meet the hype? Let’s find out!

1. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed has taken some time off to figure things out, but the new entry is coming this fall, October 27th, and it looks to be the beginnings of the brotherhood in Ancient Egypt. The game looks like it’s going back to basics, bringing in some excellent new combat and a great new mechanic.

Being able to survey areas using a companion bird is awesome, and really sells the Eagle Vision aspect of the series. The ancient Egypt aspect of the game also opens up an entirely new era for the series. I’m confident this will be the shot in the arm the series needs.

2. The Crew 2

The original The Crew game was pretty good, but it didn’t do enough with the premise of the open-world racing game. The second game adds new environments like swamps, rivers, and oceans. It also adds vehicles like planes, boats, cars, motocross, and plenty of new cars.

It’s got a lot of variety, which is a point in its favor. We’ll have to see if it manages to amp up the racing genre when it releases in early 2018.

3. South Park’s New Games

South Park enjoyed an excellent entry in the “Stick of Truth” game on the last generation of consoles. The new RPG, The Fractured But Whole, is finally coming out October 17th. They also announced a mobile RPG that seems to be separate from the rest of the games.

Either way, the new game’s trailer looks great, and it also does an excellent job of showing where the new game is going. It’s been delayed several times, but we’re finally going to get it.

4. Transference (VR)

This one was really weird. Elijah Wood of Frodo fame, introduced a new VR game that seems to deal with the concept that people can upload their consciousness to computers and allow them to experience it. The trailer was very vague and didn’t show gameplay, but it seemed to be some sort of horror experience that deals with trauma.

We don’t know much about it, but we’re certainly looking forward to hearing more about Transference in 2018.

5. Skull & Bones

After the success of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Ubisoft looked into making a new naval combat game where you played as pirates looking to make their way up the food chain towards glory and riches. Skull & Bones is the game that came from that idea. This new pirate naval action game allows you to fight against your friends and join up with them to conquer the seas of the pirate’s golden age.

The demo they showed focused on the 5 vs 5 PVP naval combat, but the trailer after the showcase insinuated that there is much more to the game. In fact, we saw a Kraken type monster beneath the waves. As a pirate game, this could be an excellent title, especially given the mechanics from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.

It’s coming in fall 2018.

6. Just Dance 2018

The Just Dance series is happening again this year, and it’s bringing the modern hits to the series. The conference had a performance from live dancers and Bebe Rexha, which was par for the course when it comes to Ubisoft.

If you’re a fan, it look like you’ll be seeing more from this series sooner than later.

7. Starlink: Battle For Atlas

Ubisoft announced a new space sci-fi game called Starlink: Battle For Atlas, which seems to combine real figures with the game, much like Lego Dimensions and Skylanders. You can customize your ship and its weapons in real life on your controller (in the form of a figurine) and see it appear in the game instantly.

The game has an open world with several worlds that you need to defend, but the concept is sound. We’ll just have to see how it evolves and expands before the release. Hopefully it won’t be too expensive.

8. Steep: Road to the Olympics

Steep came out last year, but it seems we’re getting an expansion this year. The game is going to the Olympics with some new competitions and training exercises that help you understand what Athletes go through to become the best of the best.

9. Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is coming to America with this latest entry. It's truly a unique setting for this newest entry. Since the setting is cut off from the rest of the world, it still retains that Far Cry feeling.

Support characters and co-op are confirmed. I'm rooting for the dog companion myself. Check out the trailer for all the latest footage!

Beyond Good and Evil 2

A huge reveal this year was the existence of Beyond Good and Evil 2, which has been long-rumored, but unconfirmed until now. The creator, Michel Ancel, took the stage and delivered an emotional thank you to everyone who made the game possible.

While it's a CGI trailer, it still looks amazing, and reminds me that I need to go back and play the first one again.

Did you check out E3 this year? Which announcement has you the most excited? Let us know in the comments!

Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 6/13/17

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