It may not have been on your radar, but video game fans were abuzz this week as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 began. There's no bigger event for games, and it offers plenty announcements and surprises for fans, but even if you don’t play, it’s not a bad way to find out what games they want the most… Here’s a quick recap of the show’s opening and what you need to know!
Fans of Sony Playstation 4:
Sony held an intimate and somewhat minor press briefing on their system and games. The Last of Us Part II, the apocalyptic sequel to 2013’s smash hit, got an extended demo showing off the brutal narrative and honestly jaw-dropping visuals they’re crafting this time around. No release window was given yet...
The latest take on Spider-Man (exclusive to Playstation 4 this time) also brought a new demo, this time trapping Peter Parker in a supervillain prison to fight his way out. Spider-Man is out for Playstation 4 on September 7th.
We got our first deep dive into their samurai combat game Ghost of Tsushima, and the latest news for auteur Hideo Kojima’s game Death Stranding, which still has no solid synopsis or genre, still makes absolutely zero sense, and is tantalizing fans for more details.
Among those bigger titles, they gave some quick notice to the remake of Resident Evil 2 for horror fans and a trippy action game called Control, both of which will release on other game systems as well.
Fans of Microsoft Xbox One:
You might’ve noticed people not throwing around the name “Xbox” as much as they used to. Microsoft’s Xbox One had a rocky start in 2013, but has been slowly recovering after big managerial shakeups and a focus on PC games, and they’re fighting hard to bring people back.
Microsoft showed off 50 games, including the return of Halo with the mysterious Halo Infinite, the announcement of Gears 5 for sci-fi and shooter fans, Forza Horizon 4 for racing buffs, and the role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077, first announced more than five years ago and gone silent since. There's also updates to Game Pass, a subscription service for Xbox games similar to Netflix.
Fans of Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo holds its own conferences about every two months, so E3 isn’t nearly as big a deal to them, but there were still new things to show. Fans of strategic games have Fire Emblem Three Houses coming out in Spring 2019, the multiplayer party game Super Mario Party is coming October 5th for families and younger fans, and we got many more details on the hectic fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, coming December 7th.
Beyond the big three companies, there were also announcements from many third party studios. 2018's release calendar is filled out by Shadow of the Tomb Raider (the latest of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider reimaginings from their older Playstation 1 days), and the intricate multiplayer survival game Fallout 76.2019 kicks off with Disney's Kingdom Hearts 3, the cooperative sci-fi shooter Anthem, and too many more to all list here.
Now you're all caught up on the biggest news from E3 2018!