It would seem the gaming world got a little too excited this morning when Microsoft vaguely hinted “all-new hardware” would be shown off at Gamescom 2018 only to later clarify that while this won’t be the reveal of Xbox Project Scarlet, the next-generation console expected to release in 2020 or 2021, instead they plan to announce a new Xbox One system bundle and new accessories (possibly including a rumored Elite Controller iteration that was alleged leaked recently).
This information was originally debuted in an article titled Xbox is coming to gamescom by Xbox media spokesperson Major Nelson, who himself started off as a self-made games journalist detailing news revolving around the original Xbox before eventually being hired on by Microsoft as a permanent figurehead to the brand. For those wondering, technically the event is meant to be spelled in all lowercase letters as per stylized renditions and logos, Major Nelson didn’t make an error it’s just the weird way the biggest gaming event in Germany likes to have their name typed out.
As for the leaked controller, nothing is certain yet but there are some details floating around the internet in the form of rumors as to what will be seen this August 21 – 25 when Gamescom commences.
Nintendo hosted their E3 showing this morning as a 43 minute Direct in which Super Smash Bros. Ultimate took up over half of this time getting a world premiere and full run-down of characters, levels, and gameplay changes. There was also a few games released during the show including Fortnite for Nintendo Switch and some world premieres of both exclusive and third party titles.
An extended look at Death Stranding as well as Sony’s other first party titles was given, but not the deep dives we were promised. Instead, Sony has delivered incredible surprises after fooling everyone into a false sense of security. We thought they wouldn’t announce anything and just focus on their four main games. During the start of the show, they suffered technical difficulties which almost ruined the entire event.
However, the surprises started to make up for it and PS4 fans were given plenty of reasons to be excited for this year’s PlayStation E3 Press Conference. All in all, the show did end abruptly and had a distinct lack of flow compared to past shows. Sony needs to try harder
World Premieres took place, New IPs were revealed, Nintendo’s legendary Shigeru Miyamoto took stage, and we got deep dives on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Beyond Good and Evil 2, and more. Ubisoft took more of a Hollywood Movie Awards style approach with the vibe of their E3 2018 Press Conference and also gave one fan the chance to join thanks to his win in the pre-show tournaments.
One of the major themes in Ubisoft’s Press Conference was listening to what gamers had to say, and fine-tuning their business practices to be more in-line with what their audience expects of them. They brought a lot of games this year and gave ample time to showing off each one, even running 30 minutes longer than originally planned with a total run time of 1 and a half hours.
Square Enix hosted its own pre-recorded Press Conference today for E3 2018 in which a number of games were showcased, with two brand new games revealed. They did repeat a few trailers from previous reveals, but kept it short and sweet running just 30 minutes. RGN provides a recap in this article as well as all of the footage from the event. For those who didn’t already get the memo, Kingdom Hearts III now has a release date – which was shared with us again at this show as well.
The indie label best known for games like Hotline Miami, Titan Souls, and their involvement with the Serious Sam series, Devolver Digital hosts something that you could try to call a Press Conference each year at E3. In reality, these shows are more of a parody of the traditional Press Conference, but we love Devolver Digital as a publisher since their taste in games is excellent and they serve as a curator of finely tuned, fun-focused indie titles the world may have otherwise never heard about.
They’ve brought “hand-crafted games” as they call them from obscurity and helped them rise to blockbuster success at times, and at minimum they give great games a chance to be played. So here’s our recap on what happened on the Devolver Digital stage at this year’s E3 2018.
It’s finally time, fans have been waiting for so long to hear more about the recently leaked (and then confirmed) Fallout 76, as well as whatever else Bethesda has been up to. These questions and more were answered at Bethesda’s E3 2018 Press Conference which took place at 6:30 Pacific Time on Sunday June 10th, 2018 in Los Angeles.
Xbox destroyed expectations, shocking us all. With everything to prove and nothing to lose, a truly spectacular show has redeemed the green giant for gamers of every kind. They have put on perhaps the best E3 showing of all time. Promising that all fifty games shown will run best on Xbox, an easy claim to make with Xbox ONE X out-powering PS4 Pro, Phil Spencer succeeded in displaying 15 world premieres and 18 exclusive games.
Andrea Rene hosted this year’s EA Games Press Conference, called EA Play, Saturday at 11 AM Pacific Time. The show was two and a half hours long and played host to new indie game reveals, Star Wars announcements, EA Sports updates, the first look at Anthem, and of course new Battlefield V information.
While many fans of EA Games will be pleased, some of the more skeptical gaming community members have had their hesitant outlook verified. Overall it was a mediocre showing with EA clearly trying to reduce the amount of time spent on their usually boring segments but presenters often being too nervous to deliver a solid presentation.
Alongside a PlayStation 4 trailer comes the reveal for a brand new Dontnod Entertainment title. The makers of Life Is Strange and Vampyr bring us Twin Mirror. In 2019 players join the Basswood, West Virginia community taking control of a man who has lost his memory and is attending a funeral for his best friend.
Waking up next to a dead body after a harsh break-up with his girlfriend and blood on his shirt, Sam must get to the bottom of this. Did he kill his ex-girlfriend? Is someone setting him up? Why can’t he remember? There are deeper, and darker answers than you think.