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E3 2017 in a Nutshell

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E3 2017 in a Nutshell

It’s E3 2017 guys! Right here is a post of everything E3 from EA to Nintendo. Check back every day for more updates!

Starting on Saturday 10th June (Sunday morning for NZ) we have the earliest conference to ever be had at E3: The EA Conference in Hollywood.

EA Press Conference

  • The conference kicked off with a drum line dressed in American Football gear and a cool new trailer for Madden 18 was announced. Madden 18 has a very dramatic trailer for its new campaign called Long Shot which looks like it could be a good movie. This is the first time Madden 18 has had a campaign story.
  • Battlefield 1 is getting new content in the form of In the Name of the Tsar, a big update that takes the player to the Eastern Front and includes six new maps, new vehicles, new classes, and new people to play from the Russian army including the Women’s Battalion of Death
  • FIFA 18 had Cristiano Ronaldo motion capped for their animation. Alex Hunter comes back for the new campaign. His story continues in The Journey: Hunter Returns.
  • Need for Speed: Payback busts some moves in a new game play trailer. There are three playable characters each with a unique play style and story line. Game is open world with more diverse environments than any Need For Speed game. So basically, more off-roading than before. Also, the AI is harder, and the customisation options would take days to explain.
  • EA Originals shows off a partnership with Josef Fares, the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. He and his new studio Hazelight announced their game, A Way Out. It’s a prison-break, co-op adventure! Fares wanted to create a game that isn’t a drop-in, drop-out experience, but is instead one where you and your friend can go through an emotional experience together. You can play online but it’s made for couch co-op. It looks absolutely amazing and is coming out early 2018.
  • Seed (Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division) was touched upon. It’s a division within EA that looks at research into latest technologies and see how they can further blur reality with the digital world.
  • There was talk on Project Scorpio and how good graphics are only the beginning.
  • “Scorpio is coming at the right time.” I feel like that was a bit of a dig at the PS4 Pro’s rushed entry into world.
  • BioWare’s exciting new IP Anthem was teased. It will be properly showcased alongside Project Scorpio at the Microsoft Conference.
  • NBA Live 18 gets a FIFA Streets vibe. Your choices decide who you are. From the streets to the league, everything matters, your legacy is up to you.
  • “30 minutes of unadulterated Star Wars!”
  • Star Wars Battlefront II was left till last and what a good show it was. Stormtroopers lined the stage and Janina Gavankar (actress for Iden Versio) told us to expect three times the content that was in Battlefront. Couch co-op is back with the return of skirmish. There are more heroes, more vehicles, and more customisation options from all the Star Wars eras. A class system was introduced. And then we were treated to a 20 minute live multiplayer match.
  • In the mobile game Galaxy of Heroes, Grand Admiral Thrawn is announced as a new character.

Microsoft Press Conference

  • Project Scorpio was officially named the Xbox One X
    • It’s is the most powerful and also the smallest console ever
    • November 7th release date
    • $499USD
  • Forza 7 Motorsport. The new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS made its global debut on the Microsoft stage.
  • Metro Exodus was announced
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins confirmed. Horses, sailing, swimming, swords, bows, and shields. RPG elements are added into the game such as a leveling system and being able to equip and keep weapons dropped by enemies.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be coming to Xbox One (and no other consoles)
  • State of Decay 2 announced
  • The Darwin Project announced. A cool-looking Hunger Games-type game.
  • Minecraft is finally getting that CrossPlay update, except that PS4 players won’t get in on it. Minecraft is also getting a 4K update that’s free for Xbox One X owners. Coming out the Fall and it looks amazing
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ announced. It’s Street Fighter but with Dragon Ball
  • Indie pixel art game The Last Night announced
  • Another indie, The Artful Escape announced
  • We got another look at Sea of Thieves. The trailer was pretty funny.
  • Tacoma gets a release date! August 2nd. Looks different from what I assumed it was going to be.
  • Young person’s platformer Super Lucky’s Tale looks super cool in all it’s colourful and coin-collecting ways
  • Cuphead is also finally coming out September 29th
  • Crackdown 3 has a cringey but somehow still super cool trailer with Terry Crews
  • Dark survival game Ashen announced
  • Life is Strange sequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Shadows of War gives us another look at the improved Nemesis system. really great Orc dude stealing the show.
  • Ori and the Blind Forest “sequel” Ori and the Will of the Whisps announced. I was not prepared for how sad the trailer was
  • Xbox Backward Compatibility store adds original Xbox games, including Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • BioWare’s Anthem makes the finale and gives us something reminiscent of Destiny, loot pick-ups and everything

Bethesda Press Conference

  • Fallout 4 VR and DOOM VFR announced
  • The Elder Scrolls Online gets the E3 treatment with a cool new trailer and the news that two new DLC will drop soon.
  • Creation Club is a place where community-made content for Skyrim and Fallout 4 can be found. Will be made available towards the end of the year
  • Elder Scrolls Legends gets new story content with the Dark Brotherhood. Heroes of Skyrim are also being added to the game
  • Skyrim is officially coming to Nintendo Switch. We get to play as Link too!
  • New Dishonoured 2 DLC – Death to the Outsider
  • Quake Champions is in beta
  • The Evil Within 2 was announced with a super creepy but really pretty trailer. Coming out October, Friday the 13th
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus announced and is labelled “f*cking bananas”

Ubisoft Press Conference

  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was officially announced and will release August 28th for the Nintendo Switch
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins is being released October 27th. We learned a whole lof new things about the mechanics, including the combat and RPG systems
  • The Crew 2 lets you fly planes, drive street cars, motor boats and dirtbikes and carts. Due to be released early next year, but you can sign up for the beta now
  • South Park the Fractured But Whole got a new trailer, and the South Park team also a new mobile app game called Phone Destroyer
  • Transference is a colab between Ubisoft and Elijah Wood’s studio, bringing a creepy part-film part-game psychological thriller on the VR
  • Pirate game based on AC: Black Flag Skull and Bones was announced for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Coming “Fall 2018.” There’s PVP!
  • Just Dance 2018 is coming to all consoles including the Nintendo Switch. 
  • Epic sci-fi game Starlink: Battle for Atlas was announced.
  • Steep is getting a cool as update for PyeongChang 2018: Road to the Olympics
  • Far Cry 5 got a look at some new gameplay
  • After 15 years Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been announced! Tears were shed.

Playstation Press Conference

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy got a new trailer
  • Horizon Zero Dawn is getting an expansion called The Frozen Wilds
  • Days Gone shows off some more gameplay
  • The enthrallingly titled Monster Hunter World is announced and will be arriving early 2018
  • Shadow of the Colossus is getting a remake!
  • Marvel vs Capcom is a thing
  • Call of Duty WWII gets a super cool trailer and is coming out November 3rd
  • A few new PSVR titles were featured
    • Skyrim VR announced
    • Sci-fi sidescroller Star Child announced
    • Asylum psychological thriller The Inpatient announced
    • Final Fantasy XV gets another VR experience called Monster of the Deep and is coming out September this year
    • Bravo Team is a modern-day FPS game where the president you were supposed to be protecting gets assassinated
    • Moss is a little adventure game with the cutest mouse
  • God of War gives us a bit more story and gameplay and is set to come out early next year
  • Detroit: Become Human gets another trailer with a new character
  • Destiny 2 gets another story trailer and exclusive content is announced for PlayStation owners
  • Spider-Man shows off some really promising gameplay and is set to come out some time next year
  • No developers came up to speak, it was just that boring Playstation man Shawn Layden, the Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, and a bunch of trailers

Nintendo Press Conference

  • The following are all Nintendo Switch titles, because they only talked about the Switch
  • Third party titles were announced
      • Link in Skyrim
      • FIFA 18
      • Rocket League
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 got a new trailer
  • Kirby announced for 2018. Up to four players can play
  • Metroid Prime 4 is currently in development for Nintendo Switch
  • Yoshi is a super cute 2.5D sidescroller on a cardboard and paper set. Due in 2018.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors is coming out towards the end of the year and will only be available with English VO
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting two DLC packs. Trial of the Sword is coming out June 30th and The Champions Ballad is coming out at the end of the year
  • ARMS competitive begins later this week
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is coming out August 29th
  • Super Mario Odyssey showed off some awesome gameplay, including turning into a T-Rex, and is set to come out 27th October

For more in-depth information on what happened at each conference as well as trailers, check out these articles:

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