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E3 Recap

By:Christine Fettinger

E3 Recap

2017’s E3 wrapped up last week. If you missed out on the gaming industry’s biggest event, then read on for some of E3’s biggest and most exciting reveals.

Microsoft’s Xbox Announcements

By now, most probably know that Microsoft’s Project Scorpio is the Xbox One X. Microsoft’s massive overhaul of the Xbox One’s hardware is due out November 7th, 2017 and will cost $499. The Xbox One X is a much more powerful version of the Xbox One that supports 4K gaming. For those who aren’t playing in 4K, the similar sounding Xbox One S should be just fine and is half the price.

The potentially more exciting Xbox-related news from Microsoft was that backwards compatibility for original Xbox games will come to Xbox One later this year.

Nintendo’s Metroid Reveals

Nintendo hasn’t forgotten Metroid or its fans. Metroid Prime 4 was announced as well as a Metroid: Samus Returns remake for the 3DS. Although the Metroid Prime 4 announcement was just the Metroid logo with no gameplay or release date, Metroid fans will be excited that a new Metroid game is in development.

Ubisoft’s Getting Serious About Beyond Good and Evil 2

Considering nothing had come of Ubisoft’s announcement 8 years ago of a sequel to the beloved 2003 game, the cinematic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 was a welcome surprise. The game appears to still be in early development, with the trailer being completely CGI and no release date. Beyond Good and Evil 2 will be a prequel to the original before the birth of the first game’s protagonist, Jade.

Some Big VR Titles from Bethesda and Sony

Overall, VR showings were not in force at E3, but Bethesda and Sony did not disappoint. Fallout 4 is getting adapted to VR and is likely to be the biggest release for VR yet. Bethesda also announced Doom VFR, a completely new game. Skyrim, probably one of the most requested games for VR, is also coming to PSVR with realistic weapon handling and spell casting.

Super Mario Odyssey

E3 brought another peek at Super Mario Odyssey with a new trailer showcasing, among other things, a hat mechanic that can possess seemingly everything including enemies, objects, and a T-Rex. Odyssey will hit the Switch on October 27. For a game that was announced some time ago, Odyssey still managed to be one of E3’s highlights.

Bioware’s New Game – Anthem

One surprise from E3 was the announcement of a whole new game and IP from Bioware – Anthem. Anthem is an online action RPG game in a world that looks absolutely gorgeous from the trailer. If you’re spotting many Destiny similarities with Anthem, you’re not wrong as Anthem appears to be EA’s answer to Activision’s Destiny.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

After a yearlong break in 2016 to refocus and reinvent stale aspects of the series, Assassin’s Creed: Origins is coming October 27th. The game takes place in ancient Egypt and claims to reveal how the Assassin’s came to be.

 

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