E3 2016 is one of the most awaited event for gaming industry and gamers. It kick started with gaming giants revealing first look of their upcoming consoles & games, and sneak peeks of next-gen hardware, too.
EA started things off showing Titanfall 2, the action-packed first-person shooter featuring giant mech-fighters, vertical movement and grappling hooks. The added single-player campaign was very well received among fans of the series, as well as a highlight reel of all Star Wars games EA is working on. A short trailer for Bioware’s upcoming Mass Effect:Andromeda was shown, which quickly transitioned into a sports packed segment, where the company announced Madden 17 eSports leagues, with prizes up to 1 million dollars. We were connected with the London counterpart of the conference, where Peter Moore, EA’s head of Competitions, announced FIFA 17, featuring first-time-ever Story Mode.
The company also presented it’s EA Originals initiative, a possibility for indie developers to get funding and publishing through a partnership with the company. After the conference, famous stars and youtube gamers were invited to play the newly announced Battlefield 1, which was transmitted through a 1 hour livestream.
Bethesda’s second-ever E3 press conference started off with a bang showing both previously unannounced games such as Quake Champions, the fan-favorite multiplayer FPS, and closer looks at highly anticipated games from Dishonored 2 to Prey. Bethesda also announced DLC’s for it’s latest games, Fallout 4 and Doom, as well as a beautiful remaster of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is coming to current generation consoles and PC. VR was also present on Bethesda’s conference, where they announced HTC Vive support for Fallout 4, expected in 2017.
Microsoft’s press conference was packed with news about games and hardware improvements. The conference started with the announcement of the Xbox One S, which is 40% smaller than the original and available to reproduce 4K resolutions. Console news did not end there, as Microsoft also announced a new Xbox console, codenamed Project Scorpio, which is expected to be released on holidays of 2017. The company declared that this new Xbox is going to be the most powerful console in the future. The console will come with a stronger GPU, 4K support, 64Hz rendering and six teraflops of computing capabilities.
The company also announced it’s new cross-platform gaming service, Xbox Play Anywhere, which will let consumers play select games on both Windows 10 and Xbox One without having to buy both versions. During the conference, Microsoft also announced some of Xbox Live’s new social features — Clubs, Looking for Group and Arena.
Despite the huge amount of hardware news, Microsoft also showed us gameplay of highly anticipated games, such as Gears of War 4, ReCore, Forza Horizon and Scalebound, among others.
It was Ubisoft 30-Year anniversary and they decided to show off a ton of exciting titles, including new trailers for upcoming games, such as Ghost Recon: wildlands, For Honor and Watch Dogs 2. They also revealed a new South Park game and an extreme sports game called Steep, among other titles. In the VR department, Ubisoft delighted us with live Eagle Flight gameplay, in a sort of “capture the prey” player vs player match; Star Trek stars joined the VR reel to show us the new Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR game, where they took control of the Enterprise as they voyaged around space on an immersive VR experience.
Sony rounded off E3 Conferences with a great reel of games, announcing a new God of War, Resident Evil VII, post apocalyptic adventure Days Gone and revealing Hideo Kojima’s new project, Death Stranding, among others. Playstation VR took the Spotlight this year, displaying one of the biggest game collections yet, which include games as Batman Arkham VR, Final Fantasy XV VR experience, Resident Evil VIII and Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing mission.
Nintendo’s livestream started with a trailer for the newest The Legend of Zelda iteration and was subsequently followed by a live gameplay session of Pokemon Sun/Moon, which comes out for the 3DS platform. As they previously announced, this year’s E3 event would be heavily focused on the new Legend of Zelda; the company showed two gameplay demos, one where they showcased the game’s beautiful open world exploration and another one that was more combat and gameplay focused. There were no additional announcements about Nintendo’s new console, the NX, but they did confirm the release window of March 2017.
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