This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, has come and gone with a better understanding of the exciting video games coming our way within the next year and announcements of new games building up hype for gaming in the future. There were seven press conferences over the course of four days that were filled with information about what our favorite game developers are currently working on.
Here’s a look at some of the major titles that were a focus at this year’s event, in order of release.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
In the 11th major installment of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey puts you in the middle of the Peloponnesian War in Ancient Greece. The action role-playing game (RPG) lets you choose not only what character you want to play as, but which side they fight for as well: Athens or Sparta.
The game will be released Oct. 5 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Electronic Arts’ first-person shooter is entering its 16th installment and they are making a return to World War II. The game features its usual multiplayer mode, where you participate in large battles using WWII weapons. This game will also see the return of the single-player War Story mode where you will play many different narratives based around the time. In addition, EA announced there will be a Battle Royale mode for Battlefield V, with details yet to be announced.
The game will be released Oct. 19 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
For the first time in Fallout’s history, Bethesda is releasing a version of the RPG that is an online multiplayer game. All humans a player interacts with in the game will be other players and they’ll be able to work with them or fight against them, sometimes with nuclear missiles. Players will also have the option to host private servers if they rather not have random interactions.
The game will be released Nov. 14 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Just Cause 4
The jam-packed franchise is back with a fourth game. Square Enix revealed the game during the Microsoft press conference and it will once again be an open-world game filled with tons of action elements, from fast cars to big guns.
The game will be released Dec. 4 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo dedicated the bulk of their press conference to the fifth installment of their all-star fighting game. What makes this one so unique is that every character to
ever appear in a Smash Bros. game is returning. In addition, three new characters were announced, including Princess Daisy from the Mario series, the Inklings from Splatoon, and Ridley from Metroid.
The game will be released Dec. 7 on Nintendo Switch.
Kingdom Hearts III
At long last, Square Enix announced a release date for the next game in the Kingdom Hearts main series. Sora and Riku return, along with many characters in the Disney universe, to stop Master Xehanort’s evil plan to start a second Keyblade war. Along with many returning characters from past games, the RPG will have new Disney films involved in the game, including Frozen, Tangled, and Monsters Inc. to name a few.
The game will be released Jan. 29, 2019 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
One of the few big games announced at E3 that doesn’t have a predecessor, Electronic Arts’ new RPG puts you in an open-world, third-person shooter environment where the goal is to complete missions either alone or with other players. Not much is known about the story yet, but your character is a freelancer that leaves their civilization to explore the world and kill monsters that have infected it.
To be released Feb. 22, 2019, on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
The Last of Us Part II
Five years after the release of the first game, The Last of Us Part II is starting to come together. Naughty Dog was able to show some gameplay during the Sony press conference that gave us a look at improved combat and a better graphical look to the game. Ellie, a main character in the previous game, is now the playable character in this survival horror game as her and Joel’s journey continues.
The game is expected to come out in early 2019.
Hideo Kojima is almost out with his first game since leaving Konami, and we got another look at the game during the Sony press conference. It’s an action game that puts the main character, Sam, in another world following his death. We don’t know much about the plot beyond that, outside of the fact Sam carries around a baby in a tank that brings things to life around him. Norman Reedus plays Sam, who assumes his likeness in the game. The cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner.
The game is expected to debut late 2019.
Back in 2012, CD Projekt announced “Project RED” with a trailer teased for in 2013. Many people were waiting for the name of the game and exactly what it was going to be about. At E3 2018, the Microsoft press conference closed with a look at the game now known as Cyberpunk 2077. Adapted from the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, it will be a futuristic, first-person RPG set in the open-world “Night City” where you will play as V, a completely customizable character that knows how to hack computers and fight people in various ways.
No release date is set
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