E3, The Electronic Entertainment Expo, concluded yesterday in Los Angeles, finishing almost an entire week of showcases that included incredible displays of the swiftly improving technology that defines the industry, as well as exciting announcements about the future of the gaming community. In case you had to sleep or consume food or water, and thus missed a second of the action, here are my biggest takeaways from the event:
1. The Xbox One X
Hailed as the most powerful console ever, the new Xbox One X (Previously known as “Project Scorpio”) was unveiled at E3. With an upgrade to 4K resolution, and the ability to play all previous Xbox One games and accessories, the new console should definitely be the most talked-about event of the next year.
2. Minecraft’s move to cross-platform
The second biggest takeaway from E3, in my opinion, is the second best-selling video game of all time, Minecraft, is finally introducing cross-platform support to allows players to access the game no matter how they play, on Xbox, Playstation, PC or Mobile! Fans have been clamoring for this for ages, and it’s finally here. I can’t wait to check it out myself. With the upgrade to 4K resolution, it should look better than ever.
3. Metroid: Samus Returns and Metroid: Prime 4
While most consider last year’s “Metroid Prime: Federation Force” to have been a bit of a disappointment for a series that had been quite silent for a long time, with new titles scheduled to be released in 2017 and 2018, the former giant appears to be on the rise again and quite swiftly. While the former is a remake of an old title for Game Boy, fans of classic titles will surely be itching to dive back into a game that will mix the latest technology of gaming with the nostalgia of the old game we came to enjoy so much. Metroid Prime 4, the first prime series release since 2007, will be released in 2018 on the Switch.
4. Uncharted: Lost Legacy
Sony’s newest release in the Uncharted series looks to be among the best, centering around Chloe, an old favorite, and showing us the platform’s take on India, as Nadia (Uncharted 4) joins Chloe to find the Tusks of Ganesh. The game will release in August, so we only have a couple of months to wait.
A new release from Bioware and EA, this game looks incredible. A series debuting from such a standout company surely comes with massive expectations, but with variable gameplay based on different exo-suits that characters can wear (Javelins), it looks to be a fantastic start. Comparisons to Destiny have been drawn, which is natural for an ambitious first-player shooter title. The only information we have about the release so far is late 2018.
We have a release date for Super Mario Odyssey! We will finally be seeing the new Mario title in just a few short months, October 27th, and it looks to be quite epic as per usual. I may enjoy the games a bit more than the average hardcore gamer, but for a series that has captured the imaginations of young people for over 30 years, the next chapter is certainly newsworthy. Speaking of which, Nintendo debuted another title in the series as well, a crossover game featuring the characters from the Raving Rabbids series as well as the classic characters we’ve all come to love from the Mario games.
That’s it from this year’s E3, I look forward to actually getting my hands on the products displayed and testing them for myself. Let me know in the comments what you thought were the most exciting developments!