Known as the world’s biggest gaming and tech convention, E3 recently held its annual event in Los Angeles, where tech manufacturers and developers presented new and upcoming projects to their audiences. With the next generation of gaming consoles on the horizon, a lot was expected from the convection this year, and—despite a few hiccups—E3 did not disappoint.
The most anticipated announcement came from Microsoft; who finally unveiled their new console, the Xbox One X, exciting many fans that had been anxious to see where the company would go next with the franchise. Self-proclaimed as the “most powerful console ever,” the console is set to cost $499 USD when it hits store shelves this November. On the other hand, Microsoft’s main competitor in the game industry, Sony, did not give any notice regarding a new console. However, they did present upcoming, promising games for their current console, the PlayStation 4, such as Spider-Man and The Last of Us 2. Microsoft also had a few games to showcase such as Forza Motorsport 7 and Crackdown 3.
Besides these two companies, others major manufacturers also presented new games during E3. From Nintendo, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle were all announced for their new console, the Switch. Meanwhile, Ubisoft presented two new additions to their universe of award-gaming games: Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Far Cry 5. Electronic Arts also made headlines with games such as Star Wars: Battlefront 2, A Way Out, and Need for Speed: Payback.
One of the biggest—and most unexpected—winners of the convention was Virtual Reality. While many in the industry believed VR was just a fad when it first came out, the technology has been growing at an incredibly rapid rate over the past few years, and this year’s E3 announcements have only solidified VR as the future of gaming. Microsoft revealed that the new Xbox One X will be VR compatible, promising that Mixed Reality VR will be coming to their consoles in 2018. There was also mention of various big name games such as Mario Kart, Fallout 4, Doom and Skyrim getting VR versions. Additionally, tech giant Intel announced plans to create a VR electronic sports league, which if successful, would revolutionize VR and the gaming industry.
Other big surprises to come out of this year’s convention were the Shadow of the Colossus remake and Anthem. The original Shadow of the Colossus is considered one of the “most beautiful, emotional, and unforgettable games,” but the graphics are slightly outdated, given that the game was released in 2005. Regarded as “one of the biggest surprises of E3,” the highly-anticipated remake will be released for the PlayStation 4 in 2018. BioWare’s latest project, Anthem, was also seen as one the biggest games of the event by the press. This online shooter is BioWare’s “most ambitious project yet” and is set to release in fall of 2018.
However, as in every edition of E3, there were also a couple of let downs such as Skull & Bones. The response towards the much hyped, pirate-themed game was pretty poor and it was easily one of the most disappointing games of E3 as the game played nothing like what was shown in its trailer.
Despite the few bad apples here and there, E3 2017 was mostly met with overwhelming enthusiasm by the media and the public. The convention gave the world a glimpse of how exciting the future of gaming promises to be and has fans anxiously waiting on the edge of their seats.
by Kathleen Obrer