E3 2017 – What you need to know about: The EA, Microsoft and Bethesda Conference

Thus far E3 has not disappointed in its promise of delightful game announcements and exciting conferences. There have been quite a few outstanding announcements so far by well-known developers that should have gamers looking forward to the next round of releases.

E3, however, has not yet ended, and there is a myriad of things yet to come. To be in the know there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Firstly, the E3 conference schedule. This is especially useful when you are on the lookout for a specific developers conference or announcement.

E3 2017: Conference schedule

  • EA                            Saturday, June 10 at 8pm BST
  • Microsoft                 Sunday, June 11 at 10pm BST
  • Bethesda                 Monday, June 12 at 5am BST
  • PC Gaming Show    Monday, June 12 at 6pm BST
  • Ubisoft                     Monday, June 12 at 9pm BST
  • Sony                         Tuesday, June 13 at 2am BST
  • Devolver Digital      Monday, June 12 at 6am BST
  • Nintendo                 Tuesday, June 13 at 5pm BST

So far the conferences that have been and gone are the EA conference, the Microsoft conference and the Bethesda conference.

The key notes you need to be aware of regarding each conference:

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EA:

EA honorable mentions:

NBA Live 18

Madden NFL 18

FIFA 18 on the Switch

 

Battlefield One:

Battlefield One gets a Russian-centric DLC announcement called ‘In the Name of the Tsar.’ this DLC will include six new maps, new weapons, and vehicles, as well as the choice to play as the newly implemented Russian army.

Fifa 18 and various other 18 sports games:

Fifa 18 will carry on the storyline of the previous game dubbed ‘The Journey’ where the player will get to again live out the life of Alex Hunter as he challenges the world of Football as an already established superstar. (Madden 18 will also receive a story mode much like FIFA’s)

New: A Way Out:

A way out is a Co-op game focusing on a prison break. In the game, the players control two inmates as they decide they need to escape their life of confinement. The game is created by the makers of Brothers: A tale of two sons. The game is intended to be played by two people simultaneously.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2:

the newly announced story mode plays out controlling Iden Versio, an Imperial special forces officer that sets out to avenge the death of The Emperor. The story itself spans the 30 years set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

players can choose between four new different types of player online, including specialists (for those that love to snipe.), infantry (for those that like the blaster and thermal detonator approach.), or heavy infantry (for the largest, heaviest weapons.)

More appeal does come from the fact that the game plays out in every era of Star Wars, be that the Clone Wars, the original trilogy or the saga still being released.

The next chapter in the new Battlefront games, however, does promise free DLC after the launch, and every subsequent DLC after that will also supposedly be free.

Need For Speed Payback:

Need for speed payback is EA’s attempt to create a need for speed game that is evidently more based on the Fast and Furious franchise by combining the racing aspect with the fast paced explosive in your face action we’ve come to expect from the Fast and Furious film franchise.

Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, you and your crew are reunited by a search for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals, and cops.

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Microsoft:

XBOX ONE X, X.B.O.X:

I think we all know the big kicker right now in E3 is the newly announced Xbox One X, previously known as the Scorpio.  The console looks incredibly similar to the Xbox One S on the outside, but it’s woefully different on the inside. You can read more about the technicality aspect and what makes the new console supposedly worth its weight in gold here. Microsoft also announced along with this it would be bringing backward compatibility for the original Xbox, meaning you can play circa-2001 games as well as Xbox 360 games on the new Xbox, as well as on the pre-existing One consoles.

Yet another Assassin’s Creed game: Origins:

Ubisoft went on a hiatus from releasing a new assassins creed every year like they previously had been to focus more on production and reflect on the negative aspects of the game that they had kept including yearly (cash grab.)

The new game, however, doesn’t focus on relentlessly pushing the Templar-Assassin feud through time and instead takes the players back to the conception of the templars and assassins as far back as ancient Egypt.

As I have had a bad relationship with the new assassins creed games after loving the earlier games, I can only hope the year-long break gave the developers time to screw their heads on the right way.

NEW: Anthem:

The new game from the original Mass Effect studio seems to take a new approach to the already tried and true style of fighting that BioWare are known for and head in a seemingly new and exciting direction. The game itself focuses on characters called Freelancers who are tasked with leaving the safety of a walled city in a post-apocalyptic environment to fight assumedly giant irradiated lizards. This, however, will be done in an open world with incredibly cool looking suits that can propel you sky high. It will be interesting to see what BioWare can do with this new I.P being as the mass effect Andromeda studio has been incredibly downsized and seemingly put on ice. If the game meets expectations, we could be expecting a new trilogy by the ME developers.

My most anticipated announcement so far: Metro Exodus:

The game is a sequel to the previous critically acclaimed Metro 2033, and Metro Last Light. Games I’ve loved for so long. The new game is in a gorgeous open world environment that features new frightening monsters and enemies that want to kill you, including bears. I also hope that while we do have an open world environment now, that we also have a lot of gameplay centered around the Metro and it’s internal politics and warring factions like the previous games. Watch here for yourself, and be excited:

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Bethesda:

The Evil Within 2:

Right off of the bat here we have the sequel to yet another critically acclaimed game, The Evil Within. The trailer’s description itself gives a more emotive idea of the trailer than I ever could: ‘You are Detective Sebastian Castellanos and at your lowest point. But when given a chance to save your daughter, you must enter a world filled with nightmares and discover the dark origins of a once-idyllic town to bring her back. Horrifying threats emerge from every corner as the world twists and warps around you. Will you face adversity head on with weapons and traps, or sneak through the shadows to survive? This is your one chance at redemption, and the only way out is in.’

This game I expect will be yet another Mind F#@k like it’s predecessor, and frankly, I’m looking forward to it.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus:

BJ Blazkowicz returns in the sequel to the 2014 Wolfenstein, The New Order. This time around, the action takes place in the fascist US. Based on the trailer, the script looks to be a fitting mix between the snappy and ridiculous that we’d expect, and may also include nods to the real-life rise of right wing politics. If you’re politically aware, expect this game to either agree with you or expect to be a little triggered by it from time to time.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider:

Now I know what you’re thinking another Dishonored game so close to the release of number 2? Fear not, for this is simply a stand alone DLC based on the story of Dishonored 2 which will follow Billie Lurk as she teams up with Daud to take down the Outsider.

It is highly recommended to actually play and experience Dishonored 2 for yourself so you have a more complete understanding of the Dishonored universe as it stands right now.

Doom and Fallout 4 VR:

Bethesda is giving two of its biggest recent games the VR treatment. Doom VR is not actually the complete game I believe, and will only let you teleport around maps, shooting demons in slow motion. I have no idea how well this will translate as the game is known for its fast paced in your face action. Depriving the VR version of this revered formula could have the consequence of the VR version being terrible and sluggish.

Now Fallout 4 VR lets you play the entirety of the original game in VR. It’s Fallout 4. In VR. that’s about the gist of it, although I’m concerned that the current 20-ish thousand mods on the Fallout 4 Nexus and the beth.net may not be functional with the VR version.

 

So this is my round up of E3 thus far, covering only 3 conferences. I will make more articles covering the rest as the E3 week progresses. I’ll also write another covering games that have slipped through the cracks by the end of the week.

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