As it happened, E3 2019 left us with plenty to think about, including no shortage of information occurring even in the day’s post to its conclusion. The abundance of participating companies makes for an ungrateful task of leaving the less renowned news stories in favor of the favorable ones. Still, we’ll be taking an overview of the day to day activity and the most relevant announcements presented at the event.
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What are the most relevant news’ at E3 2019?
Most notably, Sony PlayStation has skipped the Los Angeles-based gaming convention in favor of preparing for the next year’s PS5 console launch. On the other hand, Xbox was hesitant to display its Arsenal, presenting amongst other, 60 games to the public.
With Sony out of the way, the list of console makers at the conference was narrowed down to 3. Microsoft took the best out of the circumstances and used the time to promote its new Project Scarlett. Aside from Project Scarlett, Microsoft will release a successor to the previous console, settling for two new devices in 2020.
It seems to me that Sony didn’t go for a biased choice, as the gaming industry patiently waits for the coming of the next-gen consoles. Such circumstances led to multiple Publishers displaying the adversarial nature of the games, carefully avoiding gameplay footage.
Even though next-gen consoles are bound to hit the market next year, they were not the main subject of E3 2019. Subscription services and cloud servers threaten to change the way games are distributed and sold, increasingly resembling Netflix’s business model.
Consequently, Ubisoft has presented the companies own subscription service, UPlay Plus, that will launch on Stadia in 2020. Ubisoft was not the only major publisher to do so, with EA Games delivering Origin Access for PC players, offering multiple games for a monthly fee. The list goes on with Square Enix, the publishing house behind Final Fantasy making their announcement. Maybe the biggest wonder of the E3 2019 is the previously mentioned Google Stadia, a platform capable of operating on any device screen that has access to Chrome.
In spite of Stadia looking to take over Cloud Services, Sony and Microsoft are sure to put in a proper fight. Microsoft Xcloud enables Xbox users to stream their games on a mobile phone, while PlayStation Now already stands up and running. Both Stadia and PlayStation Now require a monthly subscription, with Xbox being no different, but also offering a bundle for both the console and PC.
Nintendo Switch didn’t seem to live up to the expectations, as the company didn’t announce the new systems during E3. Furthermore, they did publish a games list for the Switch models, including Legend Of Zelda and The Witcher 3 for Nintendo Switch. In spite of having no hardware to show, the company is rumored to be developing two more models.
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Sega did not come empty-handed to E3 2019, bringing a new device to showcase for a price of $79.99. The Sega Genesis Mini is sure to win over the hearts of its users, as the retro console comes with 42 games.
What are the most important game announcements at E3?
Ranging from the fan favorite Cyberpunk 2077, Legend Of Zelda, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Borderlands 3, to Ghostwire Tokyo and Spongebob: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, a large variety of titles made E3 2019 satisfy everybody’s expectations. Nevertheless, we’ll be compiling a list of titles that marked the Expo and are up high on observers wishlist.
Keeping up with the newly announced games is an impossible assignment, with developers releasing everything from DLC’s to remakes to new Franchise announcements. Some of the games are more than worth a mention and may have slipped the eye, while others were backed up by seemingly orchestrated audiences.
What did Nintendo announce at E3 2019?
Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2
Nintendo certainly took its crowd by surprise after revealing a short teaser trailer for the Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, set to come out for Nintendo Switch.
The teaser is showing games’ hero Link and Princess Zelda moving through a somewhat dungeon, mounted on an unfamiliar beast. Suddenly, they encounter a death-like looking monster, while the music seemingly plays in reverse. In a flash, we are exerted to the Hyrule Fields, overlooking the Hyrule Castle in the distance. Although there were no dates or signs of a release mentioned at the end of the teaser, we are at least certain that the sequel is a stand alone and not a DLC for Breath of the Wild.
At this point, time will be the answer to all of our questions. But, some are left to believe that Zelda may be a playable character in the new sequel. Majora’s Mask also came to the minds of the crowd, as the dark-themed scenario wears a resemblance to the sequel.
The second sequel will have to prove itself, as its predecessor achieved widespread praise amongst the fans. Nintendo is also drawing back some of its great developer talents for the project, and overall expectation is at a high.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
After three decades since its GameBoy release, the beloved Zelda adventure is coming back to its audiences as a rework for Nintendo Switch. Once again, Zelda is set to leave a lasting expression on the generations resolved to dive into the evergreen adventure.
From the visuals to the two-button layout, Link’s Awakening is sure to be considered as one of the titles that marked E3 2019.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
With Luigi’s Mansion 3, Nintendo has shown the audiences at E3 that the company progresses to put innovative solutions to the less-known series. Players will once again be able to take on the spooky adventure, this time including a co-operative multiplayer for Switch
Other titles Nintendo featured on E3 2019 include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, Super Mario Maker 2, Astral Chain, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Cadence of Hyrule, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dragon Quest XI S, Dragon Quest Builders 2, No More Heroes 3, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.
What did Microsoft feature on E3?
From a personal point of view, being a huge fan of Flight Simulator X and the Age of Empires Series, Microsoft bought me with its announcements for the two games. The information presented to us also featured Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Blair Witch and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga as the more acclaimed titles.
Scheduled to launch alongside Project Scarlett, Master Chief will be once again bestowed into action.
Microsoft has only presented a teaser, but it seems Halo Infinite will be taking an open world concept with the new release. Developers have said this will be a new chapter to the story, but the previous threads will be introduced as well. So, if you are looking to try out the Halo series, beginning with the Infinite will not represent a problem.
Gears 5 is set for a fresh start, as Microsoft plans to bring a change to the massively popular Xbox franchise. They are to do this by releasing a new PvE mode under the name Escape.
In the Escape mode, players will be assigned specific classes on a team, with each class holding its own unique features. The game will take on a strategic vibe, as the teams strive to secure their path to exile, fighting off and breaking through lines of monstrous enemies.
Amongst the titles, Microsoft announced on E3 2019 Bleeding Edge, Battletoads, Wasteland 3, Minecraft Dungeons, Spiritfarer, 12 Minutes, Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions Expansion, Crossfire X and Gears Pop.
Games presented by the Take-Two Interactive/2K Games at E3 2019?
News of Borderlands 3 came as a pleasant surprise to those waiting for a new sequence for the popular shooter-looter series.
Although an innovation to the previous Series seemed far-stretched, developers of Borderlands 3 managed to surpass this by adding a variety of changes. By concentrating on subjects that distinct the game in the first place, they have brought new alternations to weapons and characters.
Weapons will be playing a great role once again and a variety of abilities is being applied to produce a new feel to them. Aside from the sounds and effects, different abilities will also be included.
Characters in Borderlands 3 are undergoing changes as well, with their playstyle being refined. A feature I’ll be looking forward to is the dialogue NPC’s have for each of them. Such details are often overlooked in games, but make a whole difference to the gameplay.
The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds are scheduled to release this October and are set to take to a Sci-Fi setting.
You’ll be set to destroy the colony of Halycon, which is operated by a big-brand of corporations and located at the edge of the Galaxy. Players will be able to make choices during this campaign, ultimately affecting how the story unfolds.
What games did Electronic Arts present at E3 2019?
Personally, with Electronic Arts, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with the company. Holding some of the greatest titles, it’s always disappointing to see how little effort they put into them each year. However, this time, they’ve managed to draw attention with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Releasing in November, the new Star Wars will take on a single-player experience in the role of Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan.
Anything including space, lightsabers, and Jedi is sure to cause an outburst of anticipation. While Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was already previewed on the previous Expo, it was not until E3 2019, that we managed to get a better glimpse at the game.
You’ll be starting off your journey around Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith when Order 66 is being administered. With the Imperial Inquisition on the hunt for Jedi, inexperienced Cal is forced into exile, escaping the grip of the Emperor Palpatine.
An innovation coming to FIFA 20 is the new Volta mode, where players will be able to take their game to indoor and outdoor environments, similar to that of Fifa Street.
Being a huge fan of Fifa, I’ll probably end up buying it on 27 September but can’t say I’m excited about it. Aside from the introduction of Volta, EA has probably done nothing to improve the career mode, focusing mainly on Fifa FUT. Frequently, my expectations for the game are feeble, but we’ll have to wait and see what EA has stored for us.
Other games EA has displayed at E3 2019 include Apex Legends Season 2, Battlefield 5: Chapter 4, The Sims 4 Island Living, FIFA 20, FIFA 20 Legacy Edition, and Madden 20.
What games did Ubisoft present at the E3 2019?
Watch Dogs Legion
The story is set to take at a post-Brexit London, causing some controversy with the decision. In this open-world, you’ll be set to take on Albion, an organization distributing riot drones across London to keep people in line. However, you will not be alone in this cause, with the resistance organization DedSec helping you on the way.
Ubisoft’s announcement of Watch Dogs Legion turned out to cause a bigger fuss than expected. The reason for this might be the “Play As Anyone” tech, which allows players to bring any character to the DedSec’s cause. In addition, players will be able to go through the story as their newly recruited characters, meaning every Londoner will be at disposal.
Other titles worth mentioning at Ubisoft’s E3 include Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Division 2, For Honor, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Roller Champions, Gods & Monsters.
Games presented at E3 2019 by CD Projekt Red?
CD Projekt Red has excelled themselves, pushing the crowds into a frenzy after presenting Keanu Reaves as the main protagonist to the Cyberpunk 2077 crowd at E3 2019.
Settled in a Sci-Fi Neon Metropolis, Reeves plays a character known as Johnny Silverhand. You’ll get an opportunity to choose different choices through the game’s story, ultimately developing your backstory, perks, and abilities. Choices will not only affect your protagonist, but also the missions you undertake. Keanu will be going through the whole journey by your side, as he is somewhat implanted inside a biochip in the main characters head.
CD Projekt Red also displayed their addition to the famous series, the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition.
What did Bethesda present at this years E3?
After going through a fiasco with Fallout 76, Bethesda studios had to make sure they are not to repeat the same mistakes. To restore their fans trust, they’ve had a lot of work to do, and with the upcoming titles might be their redemption.
Doom Guy is getting equipped once again, this time carrying a flamethrower and a shoulder mounted grenade launcher. While demons have changed, so has our hero, with his double-barrel shotgun being equipped with a hook. Despite the buffs, including additional speed, Doom Eternal will require the player to better manage his resources, as each wave of demons will be coming with their new unique abilities.
Wolfenstein is amongst others, known for the variety of approaches the game allows players to develop. From going straight into the enemy lines to completing the missions stealthily, players are always offered a choice. With Wolfenstein: Youngblood, aside from the introduction of a new character, players will be able to join in and go through mission in a co-op. Not only will this extend the possibilities, but also bring a new tone to the beloved franchise.
Other games that Bethesda has shown during E3 2019 include Deathloop, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Fallout 76: Nuclear Winter, Ghostwire: Tokyo, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot and Commander Keen.
Square Enix at E3 2019
Although it was already known that Square Enix is preparing to make a rework on their older releases, there was no lack of excitement after the preview of Final Fantasy’s VII Remake.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
With its roots dating from1997, Final Fantasy VII managed to retain as much as possible from its predecessor. Square Enix made sure to keep the remake faithful, keeping the traditional menu-based command system, while using the advantages of the new systems. Making a complete remake would be a fool’s task, but developers surely deserve praise for the work done so far.
Other games feature by Square Enix at E3 include Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Final Fantasy 8 Remastered, Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers, Circuit Superstars, War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave, Romancing Sada 3, Scarlett Grace, Dragon Quest Builders 2, The Last Remnant Remastered, and Trials of Mana: Collection of Mana.
With all said and done, this concludes the review of E3 2019. Despite the lack of gameplay, we were given an insight into what to expect from the gaming industry in the future. Will the Cloud Services prevail or set to be a far-stretched project is yet to be seen, as the next-gen consoles come out the following year. While there were more titles that didn’t make it to the final cut, I hope this review leaves you with a better insight on the events from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.
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