E3 2019 in Los Angeles has wrapped up, after days of booths and press conferences. Some of the most prominent companies in video games attended this year, and they brought a slew of reveals and announcements. Here are the biggest stories to come out of E3 2019.
The next Xbox system is definitely coming, and it will be a powerful console with a custom CPU featuring AMD’s Zen-2 architecture that can output 8K graphics at 120 frames per second. Besides beefy specs, however, all Microsoft revealed at E3 regarding “Project Scarlett” is that it will be coming out in the holiday season of 2020.
Until then, Xbox One is Microsoft’s console of the day. The company also announced a PC-only version of the Xbox Game Pass service, along with a $ 15 monthly Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that wraps up the Xbox One and PC Xbox Game Pass libraries and the Xbox Live Gold service into a single subscription. Microsoft is also developing its Project xCloud service, which will offer game streaming similar to Google Stadia; here’s our hands on.
For game announcements, Microsoft unveiled Gears (of War) 5, Battletoads, Psychonauts 2, and the long-awaited Western release of Phantasy Star Online 2. The next Halo game, Halo: Infinite, was also teased, and is planned to be released alongside Project Scarlett next year. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Nintendo has been regularly making announcements with its Nintendo Direct streams, so it didn’t have many massive reveals at E3 2019. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got the most hype, with the announcement of two new fighters: Warrior from Dragon Quest and Banjo-Kazooie. The company also teased Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has been pushed back to 2020, along with the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake for the Switch. No 3DS games were shown, nor was Metroid Prim 4.
The long-awaited Final Fantasy 7 Remake finally has a release date of March 3, and at E3, more details were shown about is combat system. Square-Enix also unveiled Marvel’s Avengers, a third-person action game based on the Marvel universe (but not strictly the Marvel Cinematic Universe) with multiple playable heroes, with plans for extensive free expansions over the next few years. Multiple ports and remakes of games were also announced, including a remaster of Final Fantasy VIII that was previously assumed to be abandoned.
Watch Dogs: Legion was announced, and it takes place in a dystopian, presumably post-Brexit London. Ubisoft also revealed Roller Champions, a roller derby-inspired competitive sports game that looks and feels similar to Rocket League. It’s also jumping into the subscription game service field with UPlay+, which will provide access to a wide variety of Ubisoft games, including its newest releases, for a flat fee.
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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the biggest reveal for Warner Bros. at E3. It’s an ambitious, open-world game that looks to be a mechanical overhaul and reboot of licensed Lego games as a meta-series; check out our hands on.
The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, Bethesda’s longest-awaited games, were nowhere to be seen at E3 2019. However, the free Wastelanders expansion to Fallout 76 was shown off. It will add NPCs and quests to the game later this year, and the Nuclear Winter expansion will add a 52-player battle royale mode. Bethesda also announced Ghostwire: Tokyo, a supernatural adventure game from Shinji Mikami’s Tango Gameworks, and showed off more of Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Doom Eternal.
EA also was not on-site at E3 2019, but it held its EA Play event nearby, where it showed off Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order, a long-requested single-player Star Wars game, and revealed plans for new content for Apex Legends and Battlefield 5. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Sony notably was not present at E3 in any form, and made no announcements. This is a significant departure from previous E3s, where Sony was a staple.
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