E3 2018 – General

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Edition ZOOM closely followed the presentations of the largest companies in the field of video games at E3 2018 and shares his impressions in this article. Let’s look at each presentation and at the same time look at what we are going to play in the near future.

All presentations are posted in chronological order to make it honestly and objectively and pointed out the release date of games if known.

EA

The company Electronic Arts (now just EA) have been presented not so much. Battlefield V, which has already managed to gather negative feedback (but we still think that overall the game will be good), additions to the Star Wars: Battlefront II, and… a mobile game Command&Conquer: Rivals. Here I would like to lament not only that this game has nothing to do with the venerated series of real-time strategy Command&Conquer (popularly also just C&C), but that the game was given too much time.

Anthem from the Studio BioWare

At the end of the presentation, we were shown the gameplay of the Anthem, which is developing Studio BioWare. Recall, the last game the Studio was a very controversial Mass Effect: Andromeda. Of course, in BioWare in the past has many merits, however, even judging by the presentation from Anthem to expect something in the vein of “Andromeda”, but without attempts to relate it with the history of the game Mass Effect. The planned release date Anthem — February 22, 2019.

Microsoft

Many people say that Microsoft this time was the best. Not least because I’ve shown some games (not even exclusive) the first rest. The same Just Cause 4 (released 4 December 2018) lit up and the presentation of the publisher, Square Enix, however, the first time we saw it it was on Microsoft. Similarly, the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 is an action-adventure open world game from the creators of “the Witcher 3” was demonstrated during this presentation.

However, the exclusive games from Microsoft we are happy, too. The new part of the arcade racing game in an open world, Forza Horizon 4 (will be released October 2), looks fresh, she added some new ideas — for example, changing the time of year, the presence of real online players in the game world (not a new idea in itself, but in Forza Horizon this is the first time), support refresh rates of 60 frames per second on Xbox One X.

Forza Horizon 4

Impressed us and trailer Gears 5 (the release is scheduled for 2019) — continuation of the famous series of third-person shooter Gears Of War. Until something concrete to speak early, but the trailer gives us hope for an interesting and dramatic plot. In addition to this game will be released and turn-based strategy Tactics Gears and mobile Gears Pop.

Gears 5

Unfortunately, the new Halo information is not enough. Only showed the trailer and announced the name — Halo: Infinite, and promised that the game will return the Master Chief, the protagonist of almost all the main Halo games.

Another sudden announcement: the development is another game series Battletoads. These games are in the genre of “beat-em-up” was popular in the 90s and was characterized by a high complexity.

Bethesda

The main event of the presentation of Bethesda’s long-awaited announcement of The Elder Scrolls VI — continuation of cult role-playing series. No details or even a trailer, just a beautiful landscape with inscription on the background. I would like more, of course. However, in a series of TES will still be other projects — for example, a card game (but in electronic form) TES Legends. It can be downloaded on Android and iOS, the company also promises to publish it on all available consoles and the PC. The gameplay of the TES Legends looks similar to Hearthstone from Blizzard, but with the characters and the setting of The Elder Scrolls universe.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Also soon to appear and TES mobile Blades — also a first on Android and iOS, and then the rest of the “all possible” platforms. Bethesda says that it will be quite a full-fledged TES — that is, a role playing game with first person view, — however based on the trailer it was clear that this statement is far from the truth. Although the ability to play in portrait mode with one hand, fans of mobile games the company will be grateful.

From other news – it was announced a sequel, perhaps the best modern shooter — Doom called Doom Eternal, as well as a spin-off series, Wolfenstein, with a note “Youngblood”. Action Doom Eternal will occur on Earth as the progenitor of the ‘ 90s, Doom II: Hell On Earth.

By the way, we learned who develop Rage 2 (will be released in 2019), the post-apocalyptic “drive” shooter in an open world. It is the Avalanche Studios — the ones that make Just Cause (all parts) and Mad Max. The gameplay we liked, would love the major improvements compared to the first part just in terms of open world and story.

RAGE 2

And finally, we learned the details of the recently announced Fallout 76 (released November 14, 2018). As we expected, the Fallout will be 76 something like a MMO (massive multiplayer games), though separated on the server — that is, you won’t see in the game all online players, but only some. However, to cooperate with other players or fight depends on you. Gameplay Fallout 76 even more like a shooter than Fallout 4, and the size of the world promised 4 times more. Also a significant place in the game, apparently, will be given to the construction.

Unfortunately, all of the above mentioned on the Nintendo Switch we can see only the TES and TES Legends Blades, as well as the already released Fallout Shelter, which also was originally developed for mobile devices.

Square Enix

Presentation Square Enix consisted almost entirely alone trailers and even gameplay that we can expect Just Cause 4 we saw. What is clear is that the game will be released this year in December. Other announcements — a new part of Kingdom Hearts, which we previously saw in the Microsoft presentation, and gameplay Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (exit 14 September 2018). Unfortunately, details about the new game about Lara Croft was not enough, though we promise the dark and complex game in the series.

Ubisoft

From Ubisoft we especially was not expecting much but got, unfortunately, even less. The company has proven that they can make incredibly beautiful trailers, but the games themselves (the gameplay) was shown very little. And we remember how often that Ubisoft lowered the graphics quality in games to release.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

The longest showed the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (exit 5 Oct 2018) — adventure in an open world, action which will occur in Greece. Unfortunately, the series of Assassin’s Creed has become a yearly series and from what I saw, more has nothing to do with the first part. However, those who liked last year’s Origins should be displeased and Odyssey — in fact, it’s almost the same in all.

Skull&Bones

The game is about pirates, Skull&Bones, it seems, is still close to the exit (presumably this will happen in 2019). However, compared with the same Sea Of Thieves, published by Microsoft, frustrated by the abundance of game interface. Overall, S&B reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed IV, if the game is to leave only the mission ships.

Devolver Digital

The company Devolver Digital traditionally is engaged in publishing games that loosely can be described as “any kind of trash”. Basically, it’s indie projects. Presentation of the company for that year is similar to this symbol style — hard sarcastic manner Devolver makes fun of the most vicious trends in the video game industry. At the same time, the company does not forget about the games, although this time they were too few and neither, frankly, did not attract our attention. The case when from a critic I want to ask to show that maybe he is, but to show it is nothing special.

Sony

Sony’s presentation began with a gameplay trailer for the game The Last Of Us Part II, which, however, will come not earlier than a year. Future release, we expect the action in the open world Spider Man (Spider-Man), which will be released September 7th. The game will be largely similar as in previous games in the series and the game Batman Arkham.

However, no major new games Sony announced — from new products was only a small VR game.

Ghost Of Tsushima

However, we learned more details about how the upcoming game from Hideo Kojima called Death Stranding and saw a small piece of gameplay of the historical Thriller Ghost Of Tsushima, the effect of which will be happening in 1274 during the attack of the Mongols on Japan. The game is developed by Studio Sucker Punch, responsible for a series of Infamous, will narrate the adventures of the last samurai named Jin Sakai.

Nintendo

Nintendo has announced three new games for Nintendo Switch: action with “mechs” (a type of robot) called Daemon X Machina (2019), tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019) and typical for the company game party Super Mario Party (5 Oct 2018). It was also announced the release of shooter Fortnite Battle Royale, and several popular indie games, including Hollow Knight.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Most attention is paid upcoming fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (exit 7 Dec 2018) in which the battlefield will meet all the characters from the previous installments of Smash Bros., including solid snake from the game series Metal Gear Solid, also announced a new character, Ridley (monster, resembling a pterodactyl — the main antagonist of Samus Aran in the Metroid game series).

Unfortunately, the presentation not a word was said about the 3DS portable consoles.