E3 2019 Recap: A Quick Summary For Busy Students
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for short) is an annual conference held in Los Angeles and centres around the gaming industry. Every year, big announcements are made by the industry's leading companies such as new games, massive updates, and even new consoles & hardware. Since the expo is held over 3 days, there is a lot of information to go through, so here are some of this year's biggest developments.
This years Microsoft conference took everyones expectations and raised them through their announcements & performance. Before we get to the main game titles shown, Microsoft spoke about Project Scarlett, their brand new console set to launch in Summer of 2020 alongside Halo Infinite. After showing off the specs of this next gen console, they showcased some games such as:
Halo Infinite: The new Halo game which will help push Microsoft's new console.
Gears 5: The next part of the Gears Of War storyline.
Elden Ring: A new RPG from From Software and written by George R.R. Martin.
Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt Red's new open-world action game which featured Keanu Reeves walking onto stage like the badarse that he is.
This year, Sony decided to pull out of E3, leading to a large absence in this years expo. While they did announce a couple of things prior to the convention, Microsoft Xbox's Phil Spencer said, "I wish Sony was here," and "E3 is not as good when they're not here". In April, they announced their new next gen console (that will probably be called the PS5. I mean, if it ain't broke) and it's specs and also revealed footage and the release date of an upcoming title Death Stranding.
This left many wanting more for other titles, but everyone will just have to wait and see what Sony has in store for us.
Following their usual system, Nintendo's conference came in the form of a Nintendo Direct, a cute pre-recorded video which allows young kids to easily follow what's going on. A new Nintendo Switch console was absent for their short presentation, yet Nintendo did announce a few things that fans will love to hear.
New Smash Bros DLC Characters: The Hero from Dragon Quest 11 with 3 alternate skins and Banjo & Kazooie.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: The next instalment in the franchise.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Set on a deserted island, the relaxing and cute Animal Crossing was delayed till March of next year.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2: A direct sequel to BOTW was announced to be in production.
Other major conferences were held by big game developers such as:
Bethesda: Announcing updates to Fallout 76 and new Elder Scrolls titles, Bethesda seemed to have missed the mark as they delivered a disappointing conference.
Ubisoft: They announced a new Watch Dogs, Story Creator Mode for AC Odyssey, and much more.
EA: Bringing new info on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, an update for Apex Legends, and the new FIFA game; EA's conference had quite a bit to talk about.
Square Enix: Their presentations highlights were most definitely the Final Fantasy 7 remake and the new Avengers game.