E3 2016: A Look at the Most Exciting Game Announcements
The ever popular Electronic Entertainment Expo recently took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and with the event came news of soon-to-be top grossing game releases on mobile, PC, and console systems, which you’ll soon be able to get your hands on.
— E3 (@E3) June 6, 2016
Rumors upon Rumors
This year’s E3 convention appeared to be rampant with leaked rumors well ahead of the main event, which was dubbed by viewers as the pre-E3-leak week. While the rumors may have spoiled it for some, excitement surrounding the event still attracted hundreds of attendees and thousands of online viewers.
This is turning into pre-E3-leak-week lol
— Josh (Chief Canuck) (@ChiefCanuck) June 7, 2016
Presented below is a list of the big game announcements, as well as mentions of the latest gaming hardware releases so that you can really get a grip on what’s out there.
Let’s start with Electronic Arts (EA), since they were one of the first game-developers scheduled. Their event, which was aired in London and Los Angeles, excited hundreds of viewers with their many releases.
The first release at the EA event was Respawn Entertainment’s highly anticipated Titanfall 2, which was announced by CEO Vince Zampella.
He announced that the new game would provide a more robust experience for players and would include “six new Titans — each with their own unique combat ability — expanded pilot gameplay, more customization options, and super smooth gameplay.”
His biggest announcement came when he said a full offline single player campaign would be available for Titanfall 2. And while the announcement was was leaked well ahead of the event, fans seem to be really excited about the news.
Titanfall 2 is expected October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Up next is Madden ’17, an always-anticipated NFL game available for the PS4 and Xbox One. This year’s update includes an all-new commentary team, new ways to play in franchise mode, and more balanced gameplay.
Not to be outdone, FIFA ’17 was also revealed. This year’s announcement included official game footage from the impressive Frostbite game engine, which packs emotion and a whole new world into one of the most popular sport video game franchise.
That new world and emotion is shown through The Journey, a new feature for FIFA ’17 that includes “on and off the pitch” gameplay.
During The Journey, Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter, meets authentic managers and other star players in an entirely new experience for sport fans. The experience is unlike any other, and should be a hit with fans of the franchise.
EA Sports also announced new ways to compete, as the company continues to encourage video gamers to play for cash and valuables. The new game is expected world-wide in late September.
This year, EA Original announced the release of Fe, an indie game produced by Zoink that narrates “our relationship with nature, the land, and its beings.”
Thanks to EA Originals, the game now has the funding and support to better produce and market their product.
Oh, and I don’t want to forget about Star Wars . How could I? An official EA trailer gave us fans a comprehensive look into every Star Wars game being developed, which is quite exciting itself.
But even more exciting was the fact that EA teased us with three anticipated games set in the Star Wars universe, which I know many fans are waiting on the edge of their seat for.
Along with that excitement, EA released an official gameplay trailer for Battlefield 1, which looks mightily impressive.
Immediately following the press conference, E3 viewers were also able to see actual footage of Battlefield 1 on livestream.
Around 5 minutes of sniper clips from the new Battlefield 1 where I played at EA PLAY! https://t.co/lYgliL0Kl1
— Stodeh (@StodehTV) June 13, 2016
Bethesda Big Game Releases
Up next on the conference list is Bethesda, one of my favorite game developers. The gaming company started the event off with a surprise, when it immediately aired footage of Quake Champions. That’s how you start a gaming conference.
The new Champions trailer showed a sneak into the first-person shooter available on PC, and gave us a look at the new action-packed arena shooter that is sure to be a hit with franchise fans.
More information on the game will be released this August at Quakecon, a yearly convention to promote the franchise game.
As if that wasn’t awesome enough, an exciting array of DLC was announced for Fallout 4.
Three new DLC pieces were revealed, which includes Nuka World, Vault-tech Workshop, and Contraptions.
According to Bethesda, “with Fallout 4 Contraptions, use conveyer belts, scaffolding kits, track kits, even logic gates to construct crazy and complex gadgets to improve your Wasteland settlements. The Contraptions Workshop also includes all-new features like elevators, greenhouse kits, warehouse kits, fireworks, armor racks and more!
Nuka World, which is an entirely new area in the Fallout universe, is slated to be Bethesda’s last DLC and is expected in August.
And Vault-tech Workshop allows you to build your own vault. How cool is that.
— Rose Lavery (@Rose_Lavery) June 13, 2016
Skyrim Special Edition
Another DLC that is sure to excite is Skyrim Special Edition, a remastered update that will be made available this fall for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The updates will apparently include updated graphics, field depth, “volumetric god rays,” and more.
Last but not least on the Bethesda list is Doom, the game that started it all for many gaming fans. Let’s just say, there are a ton of new updates packed into the game. Expect new weapons, props, items, and many more features. And a lot of these new updates will be free.
One of the most exciting revelations came from Microsoft, who announced that the new slimmer, more powerful Xbox One S would be made available in August.
The new device has a 2 TB storage option, a USB port, is 40 percent smaller, and can stream 4k content. Unfortunately, it won’t play 4k games though.
The controller for the new device is also improved. It includes bluetooth, so you don’t have to plug-in to play, improved wireless range, and a better thumbtack design.
But what good would a new console be without a great game? Not very good if you ask me.
Thankfully, a great game was revealed at E3, and that great game is Halo Wars 2.
If you’re not convinced it’s a great game, watch the trailer above one more time and try to say otherwise. The strategy game will include a bigger battlefield, fast-paced action, and a new Halo story. It’s expected to be available for Windows 10 and Xbox in February, 2017.
And There You Have It
Listed above is only a fraction of the games released at E3. In total, more than 50 other games or DLC for games were revealed, which is more than enough to keep you playing for quite some time.
Though, don’t worry. If your favorite game was left off the list, you can tell us what we missed in the comment section below. Oh, and don’t think we forget about Nintendo .
Which games should have been included on this list? What announcements were you most excited about? Did you watch E3 live on YouTube or Twitch? Tell us your thoughts about the gaming event in the comments below…