While not only being the platform for the unveiling of Microsoft’s newest console the Xbox One: X, E3 brought with it some interesting new titles along with some familiar franchises. Here are some of the best announcements from E3 2017 start to finish.
A Way Out was announced by EA. Directed by Josef Fares, the same director behind the critically acclaimed Indie adventure game, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. A Way Out follows characters Leo and Vincent as they attempt to break out of prison to exact revenge on a common enemy. Reminiscent of 2005’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, A Way Out is designed to be played in cooperative split screen via local or online multiplayer, each character plays in two separate scenarios that eventually come together at a meeting point. A Way Out is set to release within the first or second quarter of 2018 for PC,PS4, and Xbox One.
More Battlefront 2 news was revealed during EA’s press conference as well as a half hour game play demo featuring the battle for Naboo from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. EA addressed its fan feedback from the previous game by confirming a Single Player offline campaign. The single player campaign is an original story that will bridge the gap between Star Wars Episodes VI: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Akin to the Titanfall 2 DLC release model, EA announced that post launch, Battlefront 2 will be supporting free themed DLC centered around the films starting with Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi due out December 2017. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is releasing worldwide for Xbox One, PS4, and PC this year on November 17th.
After a few leaks earlier last week, Assassin’s Creed Origins was officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 Briefing. Assassin’s Creed Origins is now taking us to Egypt to the origins of the Assassin Brotherhood. The game will implement an RPG customization system for weapons and gear to further improve main protagonist Bayek. The developers Ubisoft Montreal, the same team behind Assassins Creed Black Flag have worked for almost 3 years, in hopes of re-invigorating the series with Assassins Creed Origins. The release date is set for October 27th, 2017.
Anthem originally teased at EA’s press conference, presented its demo at Microsoft’s E3 conference. Anthem is a new IP by developer Bioware. The Frostbite 3 Engine used within games like Battlefield One and Star Wars Battlefront is powering this newcomer. A shared-world shooter much like Destiny, the game prides itself on using acquired weapons to defeat bigger enemies in the hopes of obtaining better weapons and improvements for your exo-suit. Much of the story has been left slightly ambiguous for now but Anthem looks like a strong new IP for Bioware. Set to release Q3-Q4 of 2018.
Announced at Bethesda’s press conference on Sunday, MachineGames is working on a sequel to Wolfenstein The New Order. Wolfenstein The New Colossus takes place after the events of the first game, we see our hero B.J. Blascowicz taking on the Nazi Regime which is now widespread across the United States post WWII. Along with resistance fighters both new and old, we’re set to take back the United States from the Nazis later this year, October 27th.
Shown originally at E3 2016, more details emerged showcasing the newest God of War iteration from Santa Monica Studios. This time around Kratos will be taking on beast from the Norse mythology. The trailer below is promising, showing more of a character development side of the series with dialogue regarding Kratos as well as his son, Atreus. Officially now set for a release in Q1 of 2018.
After fifteen years of speculation rumors and disbelief, Ubisoft has officially presented the world with Beyond Good and Evil 2. While story details so far have been minimal besides being a prequel to the original Beyond Good and Evil, we are presented with a highly stylistic reveal trailer showcasing some of the game’s new characters. Release Date: TBA
Almost nine years after its last iteration on a North American PlayStation console, specifically the PlayStation Portable, the Monster Hunter series will see its return to the system family with Monster Hunter World. Promising open world elements, and the ability for four player co-op game play across different regions of the world, Monster Hunter World will be the biggest Monster Hunter game in the series to date. Releasing 1st quarter of 2018.
After the well-regarded Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor, developer Monolith Entertainment is setting out to release its sequel Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Early game play presented at E3 shows the return of the combat system as well as reworkings of the previous game’s Nemesis System. While the game was originally promised for August of this year, the game is now promised a worldwide release on October 10th, 2017.
Insomniac Games, the developers behind fan favorites like Spyro and Ratchet and Clank, finally unveiled first look game play of Marvel’s Spider-Man. The story is focused on Spider-Man being caught in a gang war between villains Mr. Negative and The Kingpin. The game showcases nearly all Spider-Man’s abilities across both Peter Parker and the teased Miles Moral. Release Date: 2018
Twelve years after its release in North America and Japan, Bluepoint Studios is looking to add to its collection of remasters now with the cult-classic game, Shadow of the Colossus. While this game originally released back in 2005, the graphics and scale of this game for the PS2 was highly ambitious. Now two console generations later, with the power of the PS4 and more so the PS4 Pro, Bluepoint can truly give this game the remastering it deserves. Release Date: Early 2018
Nintendo this year while not having an actual press conference like its counterparts Microsoft and Sony, was no slouch in its presentation of new titles. Presented at its Nintendo Switch Presentation in January of this year, Super Mario Odyssey looks to spout a new globe-trotting adventure starring the mustached plumber. And with the announced release date of October 27th, 2017, we won’t have to wait much longer to get our hands on this new iteration of this beloved franchise.
Just when most thought that the Metroid Prime series would never see the light of day again, Nintendo announces its continuation of the Metroid Prime series with Metroid Prime 4. Not much has been announced about this title like whether or not it’ll be heralded by the original developer of the series, Retro Studios. While not much has been revealed about this title, it’s certainly about time to get back into the shoes of our favorite space bounty hunter.