The next Xbox is coming.
The announcement brought drama to E3, the video game industry’s biggest trade show. Unlike in previous years, there aren’t as many blockbuster new games or consoles launching this year, in part because the industry’s waiting for Microsoft and Sony’s new consoles. There is hype over several big games, though.
One of the games attendees were sure to talk about is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which was shown off during put on by Electronic Arts before E3. During a , the company showed how you can control the Force while playing as Cal Kestis, a Jedi-in-training. The character can push and pull objects, run on walls and throw his blue light saber like a boomerang.
Fighting with the light saber is “really satisfying,” said Vince Zampella, head of EA’s Respawn Entertainment, the team behind the game.
One of the most highly anticipated games, however, is a new take on one that many people have already played. The mention of that game in 2015, Square’s all-time-best lists, despite having been released in 1997. Now, Square Enix says in March, 2020., was enough to make the crowd at Sony’s press conference hysterical. Some people were brought to tears. You may scoff, but the game is frequently near the top of
There’s also new blood in the game industry too. This year, internet giant Google announced its launching in November.game streaming service, which is
Meanwhile, there were a host of new game announcements, from Square Enix’s upcoming updates to its online post-apocalyptic game Fallout 76 for later this year. And Ubisoft announced a new installment in its hacking adventure series, Watch Dogs: Legion, coming next year.for 2020 to Nintendo’s planned . Bethesda announced new
Yuo can read wrapups for each press conference below:
All the big news from E3’s press conferences
Saturday, June 8
Sunday, June 9
- Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.
- Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.
Monday, June 10
- PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity downtown Mayan Theater. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief onstage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classics such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2.
- Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games.
- Square Enix — Aside from the , Square Enix also showed off its new comic book tie-in, . Though the new game is different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans criticized the character’s looks. It’s coming in 2020.
Tuesday, June 11