For those who might not know, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo was this past Monday through Thursday and as such a wealth of news came out of one of gaming's biggest and best shows of the year. Well, maybe not news, mostly trailers and announcements. Either way, I picked the best brightest and biggest news to highlight here to get us all hyped for late this year and mostly next year! We started the day with a leak of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer that would get showcased at Sony's conference later in the day.
Microsoft led the official proceedings with news about:
- Marcus Notch of Minecraft fame's new game about running around as a horse.
- Telltale Games doing my favorite thing and announcing an announcement about their upcoming Game of Thrones title.
- Bro gamers getting what bro gamers want in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC coming first to Xbox One.
- The next game in the Microsoft exclusive racing series Forza, Forza Horizon getting a September 30th 2014 release date.
- PS4 gamers with an itch to play Titanfall will be able to do so according to an "inside source" as the Titanfall sequel is said to be going multiplatform.
- Assassin's Creed: Unity will be featuring a 4-player co-op mode. Trailer here.
- In a bit of disappointing news (to me at least) "premiere content" (read DLC) for Bioware's upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition will be a timed exclusive to the Xbox One. There was also a trailer showing off the updated combat.
- The newest entry in one of the most overhyped series of all time, Fable Legends will get a multiplayer beta this upcoming fall.
- If you wanted to replay the saga of Spartan John-117, you're in luck come November 11th as Halo: The Master Chief Collection was announced. You'll get access to Halo 1-4, the Halo: Nightfall series and access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta set to drop in December. Not a bad deal in my eyes.
- The buxom and bad ass Lara Croft is set to continue her rebooted saga in Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Shortly after, EA took the stage to discuss:
- A new Star Wars Battlefront title that is set in the era of the original trilogy of movies.
- Bioware teasing a new IP.
- A trailer for the new Mass Effect title.
- Changes for the upcoming entry in the Mirror's Edge mythos.
- The Battlefield Hardline beta which is now live for PC and PS4 players.
Ubisoft stepped in after EA and announced a November 11th release date for the awesome looking MMO racing game The Crew and dusted off the old Rainbow Six license for a new title, Siege.
Sony was the last conference of the day and started strong but fell a bit flat at the end with:
- A September 9th release date for a white PS4 with Destiny bundle.
- A November time frame for the PlayStation exclusive platforming juggernaut Little Big Planet 3.
- The Last of Us monsters appearing in the Ultimate Evil Edition of Diablo III on the PS4.
- A bombshell of news the adventure classic Grim Fandango is getting a resurrection that will be exclusive to current-gen Sony platforms.
- Sony partnering with Devolver Digital to bring their indie titles to the console arena including the much anticipated Broforce.
- The kick ass looking No Man's Sky coming to the console arena first on PS4.
- Direct to YouTube uploading coming to the PS4.
- Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service entering beta in North America starting July 31st.
- PlayStation TV hitting Europe and North America this fall.
- And finally, a February 20th 2015 release date for The Order: 1886.
Now, this was just day one. Monday was for big press conferences only. Day two didn't let up in exciting hype.
Nintendo led the day with it's E3 Nintendo Direct conference which brought to light a new title in the long dormant Star Fox series, news on Super Smash Bros. (you can play as Miis now!) as well as the Gamecube controller adapter launching alongside the title and Pac-Man becoming a new fighter, Yoshi getting his own wool themed game, Toad getting his own game, the first details on the latest Legend of Zelda game, a couple Pokemon re-releases (Ruby and Sapphire to be exact), Bayonetta 2 including the original game and having a release time frame of fall and getting costume themes from Nintendo exclusive characters for the WiiU version, Hyrule Warriors cutting a bloody...well, a swath anyway onto the WiiU on September 26th, a new Kirby title and the Professor Layton/Phoenix Wright mashup to hit shelves August 29th.
Damn, they got me thinking a WiiU might not be a bad investment afterall.
Square-Enix would take the stage proper later in the day with an array of Final Fantasy news including a PS4 HD localization of the previously PSP Japan only exclusive Final Fantasy Type-0, the motorcycle escape from Midgar in Final Fantasy VII becoming it's own game (Which may hinge on whether or not a full HD remake gets made. This is long enough as it is so I won't rant here about it. I've done it before.) and the Japanese dev adding the Rogue/Ninja class/job combination into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Other assorted news that made the show this year and trickled in through the remaining two days were:
- Clear that hard drive out, the Steam Summer Sale is coming...
- Xbox One sales improving with the Kinect being dropped. Imagine that.
- A snippet from Jump Magazine in Japan revealing Final Fantasy Explorers.
- The intro cinematic for Kingdom Hearts III.
- Sony in talks with Rockstar games for a bundle/exclusive content for the PS4 release of Grand Theft Auto V.
- More info on Mortal Kombat X including a "persistent online mode" that "has benefits". No elaboration. Just that. #skepticism
- A new 72-man PvP mode for Final Fantasy XIV and a new mount.
That's all ladies and gents. It was hell keeping up with the news this week for E3 but I do it all for you!
Now that the tide has died down, I'm gonna go take a nap! Have fun surfing the wave this week, and I'll see you guys next time!