Keanu Reeves at Microsoft’s E3 press event (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
E3 is upon us, and with it, a deluge of gaming announcements. Though Sony sat this year out, Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Devolver Digital, and Square Enix stepped up to the plate and pitched dozens of new releases: some exciting, some bizarre, some completely expected thanks to pre-E3 leaks.
Below are all the biggest trailers for the three major gaming consoles and PC. This list will be updated regularly, so check back after each conference.
In Halo Infinite, Master Chief leaps into the next generation, marking Microsoft’s first major announcement for its next-gen console, codenamed Project Scarlett. Both arrive in time for holiday 2020.
Cyberpunk 2077 has a release date … and Keanu Reeves. Available April 16, 2020, CD Projekt Red’s foray into the future looks like as bright, beautiful, and steel-plated as ever.
Two experts in macabre fantasy—George R.R. Martin and From Software—join forces for Elden Ring. Though the trailer shows little more than a few evocative flashes of armored knights, From Software’s reputation for fast-paced, demanding gameplay looms large over the mysterious project.
Minecraft’s tendrils extend yet again. Minecraft Dungeons, which is slated for release in spring 2020, takes the game’s blocky aesthetic and applies it to an in-universe dungeon crawler. It will be included in Microsoft’s Game Pass.
The Outer Worlds
Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment announced an Oct. 25, 2019, release date for its single-player, space-faring RPG. The game places characters in the shoes of a would-be colonist whose ship goes off track, stranding you in the dangerous Halcyon Colony and forcing you to protect your new home.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will devastate you all over again on Feb. 11, 2020. The sequel to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest will debut on Xbox Game Pass upon release.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
We’re getting a new Star Wars movie this year, and with it comes a new Lego adaptation. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga releases next year and includes nine campaigns based on the nine Skywalker-centered movies.
Phantasy Star 2 Online
Eight years after its Japanese release in 2012, Phantasy Star Online 2 will come West next year. The free-to-play MMO will debut on Xbox One and Windows and comes packed with previously released content.
The Battletoads are back after decades of baking in 90s nostalgia. The new trailer is awash in neon green and pink and shows the toads’ refreshed, cell shaded look. The game includes three-player co-op and releases later this year.
Of all the properties I’d expect to see game-ified in 2019, The Blair Witch Project wasn’t one of them. Developed by Layers of Fear creator Bloober Team, the game shows a man and his dog meander through twisted forests and ramshackle cabins while occasionally peering into his digital camera. The first-person horror game will be available on Xbox and doesn’t have a release date.
There was ripping. There was tearing. There was Doom Eternal and its Nov. 22, 2019, release date. The new trailer maintains the series’ bloody bombast and hints at The Doom Slayer’s ascension to the pearly gates. A 2-on-1 multiplayer mode that pits two demons against the Doom Slayer is also on tap.
Arkane Studios’ Deathloop delves into two assassin’s endless, looping rivalry. The trailer doesn’t show any gameplay, but it’s easy to imagine Dishonored’s complex assassin’s tool kit porting over nicely to Arkane’s next project.
Tangoworks’ moody Ghostwire: Tokyo trailer introduces us to an occult conspiracy plaguing the streets of Japan: people are disappearing, Rapture style. Little else is known about this mystical action-adventure, but creative director Ikumi Nakumura’s enthusiasm will have to do for now.
Devolver Digital is known for two things: publishing a range of excellent indie games and hosting over-the-top conferences year after year. This year it announced the Devolver Bootleg, a Steam game bundled with eight parodies of popular Devolver titles. It’s currently available on Steam for $ 4.94.
Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead
The follow-up to Dodgeroll’s 2D, rogue-like, ammunition-themed dungeon crawler was shown at Devolver Digital’s conference and it’s not what you think. House of the Gundead is a 2-player lightgun game coming to arcades next year. Or, if you’re feeling weighed down by your wallet, the game cabinet is available for pre-order from Griffen Aerotech for a reasonable $ 5,000.
After years of rumors, leaks, and teases, Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers game has finally been revealed. Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Hulk will be playable at launch and Square Enix teased additional characters and battlegrounds after the games March 15 release date.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Final Fantasy 7 Remake got a 20-minute stage demo to prove that, yes, it will actually come out. The episodic game’s first chapter will focus on Midgar, while subsequent releases will cover the rest of the original plot. Part one will be available March 3, 2020, for PS4.
From the creators of Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment, two games where beefcakes with guns blast their way through alien hordes, comes Outriders. The game appears darker than either of its predecessors, but the trailer promises just as much violent action. Outriders can be played single player or co-op with up to three people and arrives in summer 2020.
Watch Dogs 3
Ubisoft sheds its apolitical shroud with Watch Dogs 3: Legion, a game set in a post-Brexit London. You can recruit almost any NPC into your hacker collective, and use their individual skills to take on roving deportation squads and other threats. The game releases March 6, 2020.
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
Starring Jon Bernthal as the game’s antagonist, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is the latest video game birthed from Tom Clancy’s media empire. And the Terminator of “I’ll be back” fame will make an appearance, presumably similar to the Predator’s inclusion in Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Breakpoint releases on all major consoles (sans Switch and including Google Stadia) on Oct. 4, 2019; Ubisoft will launch a beta on Sept. 5.
Gods and Monsters
The team behind last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey tackles mythological mayhem once more in Gods and Monsters. Little is known about the game besides its Feb. 25, 2020, release date, but its brighter, goofier aesthetic hints at a more lighthearted adventure than is seen in most Ubisoft titles.
Ubisoft brings cartoony chaos to the roller rink with an online, free-to-play riff on Rocket League. Roller Champions releases next year and a pre-alpha demo is currently available on PC until June 14.
Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Sequel
After the success of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it isn’t a surprise that Nintendo is working on a sequel. The teaser trailer is bereft of any details, save for the not-so-insignificant fact that the game exists at all, and a few scenes setting up the sequel’s story.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Switch players have wanted two things since the console’s release: a new Pokemon and Animal Crossing. Now both dreams are being fulfilled. Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets players set up a tropical paradise on a deserted island. The trailer shows a character taming the land and building houses, paths, and other chunks of civilization. The game releases March 20, 2020.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s idyllic vacation goes south when he finds himself trapped in a haunted hotel. Luigi’s Mansion 3 adds several new abilities to his arsenal and gives players control over Gooigi, a slime facsimile of the plumber-turned-ghostbuster. The game releases later this year.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The melodrama-heavy trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses dwells on friendship, memory, and murder. Though it doesn’t feature gameplay, it doubles down on story details, spotlighting a skull-masked knight, a towering dragon, and other imposing adversaries. The game releases July 26.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020
Once again, it’s time to see who would win in a foot race, Sonic or Bowser. Though the answer seems obvious, the newest Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games will let you test the outcome anyway. The game releases this November, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Season Pass
We already knew Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was releasing next month, but the E3 trailer teases the game’s season pass, which will include content from Marvel Knights, X-Men, and Fantastic Four. The add-on packs will be available this fall and the game arrives exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 19, 2019.
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake
The latest trailer for the bright, beautiful remake of Link’s Awakening shows more sword-swinging and dungeon-crawling. But it also seems to show a build-your-own dungeon mode; Nintendo didn’t elaborate on how in-depth the customization mechanics will be. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake releases Sept. 20, 2019 on the Nintendo Switch.
A remake of Panzer Dragoon arrives on the Switch this winter. The 1995 game will receive updated graphics, audio, and controls, according to Nintendo’s European Twitter account.
Cadence of Hyrule
The (presumably) final trailer for Cadence of Hyrule focuses on gameplay, including footage of Zelda and Link fighting monsters to classic Legend of Zelda music. The trailer also includes a release date: June 13.
No More Heroes 3
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, which released earlier this year, was a divisive spin-off, and left fans clamoring for another entry in the core series. Fortunately, No More Heroes 3 was formally announced during Nintendo’s E3 Direct and releases next year.
Contra: Rogue Corps
CThe latest Contra game fulfills the human need to control an alien-fighting, machine gun-wielding cyborg panda. Rogue Corps includes a range of absurd characters to take into battle against an alien onslaught. Look for it on Sept. 24, 2019; the Contra Anniversary Collection is available today on the Nintendo eShop.
Daemon X Machina
After debuting at E3 2018, Switch-exclusive Daemon X Machina gets a Sept. 13, 2019 release date. The trailer balances a bunch of talking heads with mech-on-mech beatdowns.
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