Arguably, E3 is the most anticipated gaming event of the year – only Blizzcon might challenge its title as King.
This year’s E3 event will start tomorrow, and it will end on the 18th of June. Bethesda already gained massive internet points at their press conference – announcing Fallout 4 to be released on the 10th of November made everyone jump with joy. But what are we expecting from this year’s event? Just so we get this out of the way – no, Half-Life 3 ain’t gonna happen. Stop obsessing about it and move on with your life.
But Before we discuss what’s hot, and what’s not, let’s talk about where you can watch the E3 live streams if, unfortunately, you didn’t made it to the Los Angeles Convention Center.
FYI we’ll be updating this article on a daily basis, so check back and see what the big names of the industry have planned for us this year!
A lot of gaming websites are covering the E3 event, and I can highly recommend the following E3 live streams:
In my opinion, those will output the best E3 coverage, mainly because they aren’t puppets doing God knows who’s bidding – *cough* IGN, and Gamespot *cough*.
Kudos to cheesemeister3k for making this excellent table about E3 2015 Press Conference Times.
Bethesda at E3
At the press conference, Bethesda announced what their plans are for this year, and boy I’m glad I was sitting down. Fallout 4 is going to be released on the 10th of November, a Dishonored sequel that blew everyone away, and let’s not forget – Doom!
Fallout 4’s release date has been accompanied by the launch of the Fallout mobile game called Fallout Shelter – I swear, I’m starting to see Fallout written everywhere. It’s not a freemium game, so download it without worrying that you’ll be gravely disappointed. The game let’s the player take care of a shelter, and its inhabitants. You need to make them happy, and not let the safe haven crumble.
Dishonored looks scrumptious! But we don’t know much about it. At least we know that it exists, and the game will revolve around original protagonist Corvo Attano and his ward Emily Kaldwin. Players will have the option to switch between these two characters. We don’t have a release date, so early to mid 2016 is out of the question.
Doom will be released in the Spring of 2016, and the game will feature a new modding tool giving gamers the opportunity to create their very own arenas. Yeah, I forgot to tell you, it has a gory multiplayer. The game itself seems to stand true to its tradition – balancing old school details with a new game engine. Doom is going to be the first game to be build on the idTech 6 engine.
Microsoft at E3
We’re hoping to see some Halo news, or at least some footage – even if it’s a pre-rendered cinematic. The big M will most likely discuss about what are their plans with Xbox One, and their newly announced partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus Rift.
News regarding Rise of the Tomb Raider isn’t out of the question, and neither Rare’s new super hush-hush project.
We expect Microsoft to announce the new Gears of War video-game, and also the remake to Gears of War 1.
- Xbox One Backwards Compatibility
Finally it’s here. I was starting to become a little bit sad, disappointed, and angry that Microsoft would just dismiss backwards compatibility completely. At E3, they announced that the Xbox One will be able to play last-gen games – 100 game titles will be made available until the end of the year, and those of you who already own a 360 copy won’t need to pay a dime more.
- New Xbox One Controller
Called Elite, it’s Microsoft’s counter attack to Valve’s Steam Controller. It will be fully supported by Windows 10, and of course Xbox One. Controls can be re-mapped, and the directional pad can be swapped out.
- Halo 5 is Huge
Sweet Jumping Jesus Halo 5 Guardians is God damn humongous. We have also witnessed the new multiplayer mode called Warzone. Halo 5 Guardians will be released this October, and it will be Xbox One’s must-have exclusive title.
- Post-Apocalyptic ReCore
From a developer that worked on Mega Man, and Metroid Prime, Keiji Inafune will create this Xbox One exclusive title that feels like Wall-E and Star Wars made a baby, and set it loose in the post-apocalyptic medium that Fallout offers. We don’t know much about it, but we do know that it might be released sometime in Spring of 2016.
- Forza Motorsport 6 Looks Sublime!
The game will be out on the 15th of September, and if you don’t buy it you’re missing out on one of the most gorgeous racing games ever been released. Yes, I know, Forza Motorsport always shocks us with its stunning graphics, and exceptional attention to fine details, but this one is the cherry on top.
- Minecraft Especially Built for HoloLens
Augmented reality Minecraft – nuff’ said. You can build worlds on your coffee table, dig yourself deep down into the Earth’s belly, and transport yourself in the Nether to fight the evil Dragon. Microsoft’s E3 conference showcased a playable demo of Minecraft, but we’ll get more info about this augmented reality gem this Summer.
- Gears of War 4, and Tomb Raider
Both of them are still coming, but neither of them have an official release date. E3 2015 showcased a little bit of GoW4, and it’s slated to be released for 2016 Holiday. Gears of War is being remastered for Xbox One, and it’s in a beta stage at the moment. The 2015 E3 event announced that Tomb Raider will be first released for Xbox One, and Xbox 360. PlayStation 4 will get its version at a later time.
Electronic Arts at E3
I don’t recall ever being so excited to hear new info about the Devil itself, but I may be turning into a jaded adult. Star Wars Battlefront has been on our minds, and hearts, since a couple of weeks ago when EA announced that the game is in development, and they will be finally releasing it!
Mirror’s Edge 2 changed its name to Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and as I’m sure you know already, Rhianna Pratchett isn’t on the team no more.
Expect to see a big announcement about the new title in the Mass Effect franchise – it’s rumoured to blow your minds!
EA will showcase their sports titles, but I don’t think we’ll see much of their FIFA this year – with all the scandals going on, the devil, a, EA doesn’t want their name to be paired with wrong doings. Pfft. EA wants the world to see the company as Heaven on Earth. Give me a break.
EA had an exceptional E3 event. Here’s why!
- I Live Only for Star Wars Battlefront
Coming this November the 17th for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, Star Wars Battle Front is already considered a GOTY. EA showcased at their E3 event some pre-alpha game footage – this kinda’ means that there is still a lot to do development wise. Their multiplayer footage made me yell, and jump in excitement every time anything happened. You can pilot TIE fighters, and control AT-ST’s. There are jet packs involved, and of course lightsabers. I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story.
- New Need for Speed Title
I was a fan of early NFS iterations, but now it just seems like beating a dead horse. EA states that their new NFS title will feature never-before-seen customizable options, and refreshing game mechanics. It’s set to release on November the 3rd for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
- New Mass Effect Title
Sweet damn EA, why did you have to announce it at this year’s E3? Now I’m just going to think about it all week at work. There goes my productivity. But, let’s calm ourselves. EA’s new Mass Effect title named Andromeda is set to be released sometime in 2016 – holiday season I presume. We still have another E3 to endure before we play it. Take a look at the Announcement Trailer, it’s gorgeous!
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
We got an official release date boys – February the 23rd 2016. It’s really funny, because the main villain looks exactly like EA’s CEO. More parkour in a better looking dystopian world will make this Mirror’s Edge sequel a must-buy.
Ubisoft at E3
It’s Ubisoft, so expect to hear news that the company will release about 50 Assassin’s Creed before E3 will end, and another 1000 or so before 2016 knocks on our door. Jokes aside, their new Asassin’s Creed title will be showcased, along with The Division – fingers crossed that this won’t be as disappointing as their WatchDogs title.
Let’s not forget Rainbow Six Siege, and a new game called Hero.
- Ghost Recon Makes a Comeback
The biggest surprise of Ubisoft’s E3 event must be the announcement that Ghost Recon is making a comeback. Wildlands seem to be an open world shooter that will pin the player against drug cartels. As the trailer conveys, yes, you will wreak havoc.
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is Gory and Violent
Some people will require to be assassinated in a certain way – I don’t know, it’s a fetish of theirs I think. Anyway, the Victorian London-based title will follow Ubisoft’s 12 month cycle so we’ll see it be released on the 23rd of October for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Yes, Ubisoft has finally let go of last-gen consoles.
- South Park The Fractured But Whole
South Park The Fractured But Whole * silently giggles* is the sequel to last year’s The Stick of Truth, which was actually a pretty great RPG. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, this time, will make revolve the game around superheroes. Yes, you’ll see the Coon and friends.
- The Division Finally Gets a Release Date
When first heard about The Division at E3 2013 we were wooed off of our feet, but E3 2014 was kind of a disappointment, because Ubisoft didn’t announce an official release date. Now we have confirmation. The Division is set to release on the 8th of March 2016. The urban survival team shooter will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and a beta will start sometime early 2016.
- New IP For Honor
We don’t know much about it except that it pins players in a violent battle with fighters from different mediums, and eras. For Honor has a multiplayer mode, and it’s going to be showcased later at this year’s E3 event. We’ll update the article accordingly when we find out what’s all the jest about it.
Sony at E3
Footage from Uncharted 4, and mayhaps some info regarding multiplayer, or cool new additions to the title. Hopefully, Sony will also announce that The Last Guardian is still in development – hell, one might add – and they haven’t scratched it off completely.
A new Killzone title from developer Guerilla Games isn’t out of discussion, but we aren’t holding out breaths.
Sony will have an entire section dedicated for the PS Vita, and for the first time in their history, an In Memoriam section.
Amongst the ton of indie games that the Japanese-owned company will announce, we are seriously hoping that they will shine a bright light and reveal anything regarding their Morpheus Project. Microsoft has announced their partnership with Oculus Rift, and if Sony doesn’t sail Morpheus out to the sea, they might be licking the dust trails that the Facebook-owned VR company leaves behind.
Sony’s E3 event was just one scrumptious good-looking game after another. Let’s start with the most anticipated title…
- Last Guardian
Yup, it’s out of development hell, and the title that concludes Ico, and The Shadow of the Colossus will come out exclusively for the PlayStation 4 sometime next year. Sony started its event with the bombshell Last Guardian. Wondering what’s up next? Another bombshell of course.
- Horizon Zero Dawn
From developer Guerilla Games that has brought us Killzone titles in the past, Horizon Zeron Dawn is one beautiful looking new IPO. Basically, the game is set in a post apocalyptic medium, where one hunts mecha-dinos using its bow. I want it now. I can’t wait no more! There’s no release date.
- Another Hitman Title
If you’re a fan of the Hitman series, you’ll consider this one hell of a bombshell, but if you’re just sick and tired of the franchise just ignore this and move on – nobody likes haters. I can give you this, all of the past trailers seem alike, but the games are fairly different. The universe offers writers and developers a multitude of plot directions.
- Street Fighter V
I love brawlers, but I suck at them. This doesn’t mean I’m not having the time of my life playing Tekken and Mortal Kombat. But only Street Fighter seems to get me – sort of. I was really glad when Sony announced at their E3 event that Street Fighter V will come out in March of 2016. If you pre-order it now you can play in the exclusive PlayStation 4 beta.
- No Man’s Sky Pleases and Worries at the Same Time
No Man’s Sky is incredibly exciting, but it worries me. If I’m to jump on the hype train I’ll need more than just pretty exploration footage. What can you do in the game once you reach a planet? Can the without margins, and border-line infinite No Man’s Sky procedurally generated planets entice our curiosity to explore? Unfortunately, we don’t have a release date at the moment, and Sony said that it will come – ” Soon”.
- Dreams from Media Molecule
Media Molecule is known as Little Big Planet’s developer, and they have a new surreal-like little project called Dreams. We don’t know much at the moment, but if it’s from Media Molecule count me in! It’s going to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
- The Taken King Expansion for Destiny
Destiny has had its fair share of DLC’s by now, and Bungie doesn’t seem to stop here. At this year’s E3 Sony announced The Taken King – which wants to be Destiny’s biggest DLC. Packed with a new map, new gear, and a new strike mission, The Taken King will hit your console of choice this September.
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and the Shenmue Kickstarter
Final Fantasy 7 will finally be remade for the PS4 – and it’s going to stand as an exclusive title for Sony’s console. Shenmue on the other hand has its third instalment on Kickstarter, and awaits to be funded. Shenmue’s 3rd instalment has a $2 million goal, and fans have already funded it with $1.3 – I think it has a big chance of getting funded until the campaign ends.
- Uncharted 4 Gameplay Footage
We already knew that Uncharted 4 was coming out, and we already knew that Uncharted 4 was delayed until Spring of 2016 because Naughty Dog wants a little more time to polish the game. After I saw the E3 Uncharted 4 clip I understood way. It’s going to be the best of the series. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the E3 clip.
Nintendo at E3
No words on the Wii Vitality Sensor, and old-school gamers should be warned that Zelda will definitely not be present.
Nintendo offered an unspectacular E3 event, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a solid one. No new IPs though.
- Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker, which is going to be released on the 11th of September this year, will let fans create spectacular Super Mario levels. It’s something that we’ve been hoping to get from Nintendo for a long time now.
- Nintendo Partners with Activision
Nintendo will be bringing their characters to Skylanders games. Amiibo, which are plastic figures that lets you play their virtual counterparts will be available for Skylanders on Wii U. Also, a new magma Bowser who spits fire will make its appearance.
- Starfox is Back!
It’s like re-living my childhood. Just watched Jurassic World, and Mad Max Fury Road, I’m going to be playing Super Mario when Mario Maker launches, and now this?! Should I just retire and game all day? Definitely. But until then let’s talk about Starfox, which will be out this holiday season. ” We’d like people to play as if they’re flying a real plane. It’s really exciting.” Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo game master has said.
- The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes
The new Legend of Zelda instalment will be a multiplayer dungeon-crawler, and it’s going to be available only for the 3DS. It’s going to be based on their Four Swords series. Players need to work together and solve puzzles, fight monsters, and just explore dungeons – teamwork is essential.
- Animal Crossing Home Designer
If you’re just tired and bored of the countless games that just focus on violence nowadays, you should definitely pick up Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer – it’s going to be released on the 25th of September this year. It’s going to task the player with designing, and decorating their very own home.
- Metroid Prime Federation
I was expecting something else. Metroid Prime Federation will focus on four player co-op missions, as well as sci-fi sport battles. Yet again, teamwork is a key element in a Nintendo game. It’s going to come out sometime in 2016.
- Yoshi’s Woolly World
Simple adorable, Yoshi’s Woolly World can be played starting this October. The same people that brought us Kirby’s Epic Yarn are creating this little bundle of wool. Nintendo noted that there will be Amiibo, and also plush Amiibo – also, you can turn any other Nintendo character into a Yoshi-shaped one. Don’t know if they thought this through. I might create something that resides in my nightmares!
- Mario Tennis to be Launched on the Wii U
The old, and well-known classic Nintendo characters will make their presence in Mario Tennis. The game will feature random power-ups that will make, or break the game for you, so choose wisely! It’s going to be released later this Fall – most likely at the end of October!
Square Enix at E3
Square Enix had a big year, and this E3 event might add to their internet prestige rank. Of course, we’ll see some footage from their new Final Fantasy title, but we’re also expecting to see a lot from their Deus Ex franchise, and Tomb Raider.
Square Enix had a quite interesting first presence at E3 this year. They talked about Hitman, but we already knew the details from the Sony conference, Rise of the Tomb Raider 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, and of course Just Cause 3.
- Kingdom Hearts 3
We don’t have an official date for Kingdom Hearts 3, but we know it’s going to come out sometime in 2016. We’ve waited 10 years for a new instalment in the franchise, I think we can wait one more. By the way, it’s not going to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive any more, and the game will be ported for the PC, and Xbox One.
- Just Cause 3
The open-world third person shooter Just Cause was initially programmed to launch this Summer, but it’s date has been pushed to December. To be more exact December the 1st. It’s going to be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.