Who won E3?
This past week, we've had some exciting news and announcements about what's up and coming in the gaming industry. This year there were five major press conferences held by Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo. Which conference got you excited about what’s to come?
Microsoft had a disappointing E3 the previous year and have spent the time since talking about all the great way’s we can watch TV and sports on the console. Some promising changes were made to Microsoft’s Xbox management team and the “new guy” Phil Spencer had began to show a clear concentration on games.
This years conference showed just that, “today, we’re dedicating our entire briefing to games” were the early words promised at the beginning of the conference and they did not lie. Game after game was shown at their conference including Advance Warfare - the new Call of Duty game, new IP ScaleBound ,Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon, Fable Legends and more. My personal highlight of the conference was the Halo Master Chief collection. A collection including all the Halo games with the great Spartan as the protagonist. Glorious.
The EA conference followed. Unfortunately for them their excitement had leaked before the conference and the world already knew about Battlefield Hardline before they began, none the less it was still an exciting conference. It began with a strong showing of how they’re approaching the Star Wars Battlefront series, a bitter-sweet moment as it’s apparent the game is still a long way from release. They spent time parading their prize; Dragon Age Inquisition as well as talking about future of Mass Effect games and a new Bioware IP. They also pleased hardcore fans showing their work on Mirror’s Edge. Even though their presentation displayed a lot of work in progress, it was exciting to see what they’re planning for the years ahead. They ended with Battlefield Hardline, a questionable spin off to Battlefield series but still exciting to see.
The Ubisoft presentation was up next, and though nothing had leaked a lot of people could guess what to expect going into this is. That doesn't mean they weren’t able to wow beginning with stunning footage of Far Cry 4. Followed by The Crew, Assassin's Creed gameplay, a heartfelt trailer for Tom Clancy’s The Division and even a new spin on Just Dance. They had their “oh, and one more thing” moment right at the end which ended up being my highlight of the whole week. They showed of gameplay for the new multiplayer focused Rainbow Six Siege, this is a must, if you have not seen this video yet.
Sony continued the string of presentations, showing even more footage for Far Cry 4. Announcing that Destiny will be playable first on PlayStation 4 and gave us a very good looking trailer of the game to go with their announcement. What was only available in Japan as PlayStation Vita TV, they shared will be coming to the west in the form of PlayStation TV for a mere $99. Allowing us to play vita games on our TV’s without a Vita or perhaps more importantly to some, being able to stream our PS4 games to a different TV in the house. Ending husband and wife feuds all around the globe.. Somehow they managed to keep secret Media Molecule’s project, Little Big Planet 3, A personal favourite and ended their time with a trailer for Uncharted 4. Could've guessed that’s what they would've done but it didn't disappoint and got fans excited.
Finally with a different approach to E3 Nintendo gave their conference by streaming a pre-recorded video full of amazing announcements. Their presentation with spaced out with Robot Chicken styled comedy skits, which I wasn't the biggest fan of but it did show the company’s ability to poke fun at itself. They spent considerable time talking about their biggest title of the year, Super Smash Bros. and even announced a new character, Palutena, from the Hyrule universe. Speaking of the Hyrule universe, they showed of some footage of the new Hyrule Warriors (the Dynasty Warriors meets Zelda game). And the most exciting moment of the digital event, was not Satoru Iwata head-butting Reggie Fils-Amie but rather the new announcement of a 2015 Zelda game. Can’t wait.
A lot to take in over a few short days, whose conference got you most excited about the years to come? Let me know in the comments and as always yell at me directly @lacerta_3