The second day of the Los Angeles E3 was way bigger and better than the first one. The two presenters, Microsoft and Bethesda were full of surprises. Tons and tons of new games, along with other stuff, was showcased. So without much ado, let’s round up the day 2 of E3 2018.
E3 2018 Microsoft’s List Quick Look
- Halo Infinite
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Crackdown 3
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears of War 5
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
- Division 2
- Devil May Cry 5
- Dying Light 2
- Just Cause 4
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Metro Exodus
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course (DLC)
- Jump Force
- Shadow of Tomb Raider
- A New Xbox Console
E3 2018 Microsoft Full Details
The first presenter of the day was Microsoft Xbox. To be honest, fans didn’t expect much out of the Microsoft’s conference as the company hadn’t shown any innovation in the past years, no exciting exclusives or anything.
However, Microsoft had us all with a surprise as they showcased a ton of stuff including Gears of War 5, a new Halo game and a samurai action game by From Software, the people behind Dark Souls series and Bloodborne. Although most games were limited to mere trailers, it was enough to fill the audience with excitement and enthusiasm. Moreover, many of the games showcased were by third-party developers, meaning they’d be also released on other platforms.
First up was the new Halo game which will be called Halo Infinite, definitely an Xbox Exclusive.
Only a cinematic trailer was showcased, which was rendered in the game engine. It means that the actual graphics of the game may be as good as that of the E3 trailer. It began with a tour of the scenic nature of an alien planet, with a variety of beasts roaming the landscapes. Shortly afterward, we witness a small division of marines marching through the fields. The trailer ended with Masterchief looking out in the landscape and pugging some sort of AI in his helmet (probably Cortana).
In an aftershow interview, the developers confirmed that the players will spend more time playing as Masterchief, the green spartan and not Locke as in Halo 5.
Next up was the magical Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest. It’s another Xbox Exclusive.
We got a brief look the game last year at E3 2017, but this time around, we got to know a bit more about the story as well as the gameplay. And, it finally has a release date- It comes out in 2019! I know that’s a very vague release date but something’s better than nothing.
Along with Ori, an owl was also the center of the game. The two will supposedly go on magical and enchanting platforming adventures together, although that may be limited to a few levels. The visuals look amazing, even better than before with high contrasts of light and dark. The soundtrack, as always is enchanting and soul-touching.
Then, at E3, we got a look at Crackdown 3- Finally! The game, an Xbox Exclusive, has been delayed for so so long, and it’s delayed yet again (Hopefully for the last time) to February 2019.
Think about Crackdown 3 as somewhat like Saints Row games, a quirky open world game where you’re the supreme powerful being. Instead of having supernatural powers, you’re a super cop, a role fabulously played by Terry Crews. You can jump over buildings and structures in a single jump and even destroy them. The multiplayer is even more fun. It may not be the graphically best game at E3, but it is the one I’m most excited about.
The next game at E3 was for the racing enthusiasts- Forza Horizon 4. The game takes the series to Great Britain. The best part of it is that it a seamless open world that all the share at once. The Xbox Exclusive, like its predecessors, looks breathtakingly pretty in the English Countryside and works at 60 FPS on Xbox One X.
Perhaps the biggest Xbox Exclusive at E3 was Gears of War 5. It continues the story where Gears of War 4 left off and looks amazing. There are also two spin-offs of the game. The first one is a mobile game which looks ‘cute’. The second one is still in works, called Gears Tactics. It is an Xcom styled turn-based game. Microsoft also revealed their big ambitions with the game which is supposed to turn the series into a franchise as big as Halo.
The last exclusive Microsoft showcased at E3 is for those who missed Tony Hawk’s pro-Skater. The game is called Session, a funky yet realistic and pretty looking skateboarding game. It’s developed by an indie studio called Crea-ture Studios and published by Microsoft.
That marked the end of all the Xbox Exclusives, a good line-up I’d say. But the presentation was far from over. There were still a lot of other games that were revealed at Microsoft’s E3 conference by third parties.
The most exciting game was Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by From Software, the studio behind Souls series and Bloodborne. You play as a ninja with a prosthetic arm and a grappling hook (somewhat similar to the Widow Maker’s grappling hook from Overwatch). Moreover, you can’t die, a concept which doesn’t really make sense in a game by From Software. A short trailer was also showcased which revealed a tiny bit of gameplay. It looks as tough as Souls Series, but the environment is lighter and gameplay more exciting.
Whatever it be, it seems like a really good game. Moreover, since PS4 got Bloodborne, Xbox had to get something. But, however, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be available on PS4 and PC as well.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit was up next, a game set in Life is Strange universe. Not many details were revealed but its clear that it’s about a boy with a vivid imagination whose dreams come to life. The best thing about it is that it’ll be out as a free to download the game on 26th June.
Then we had a look at Division 2, that too ahead of Ubisoft’s conference. The gameplay looked similar to the first one but the environment was way more vibrant. Moreover, it has fixed release date- March 15, 2019.
The next big thing at Microsoft’s E3 conference was Devil May Cry 5. It’s been a decade since Devil May Cry 4 came out and I’m so excited for this one. The quirky characters and super fun gameplay are back in an environment more vibrant than ever. We witness the hero smashing 20 feet giant hellish creatures just by a swing of a sword as it’s a child’s play. The contrast in the easy nature of the protagonist and the way too serious invasion of hell on Earth is what makes the series great.
According to the developers and publisher Capcom, there will be not one but three playable characters each with its radically different playstyle. It is yet to be known if we can switch between the three at any given point or pick just one in the beginning.
There was also something for those who like smashing zombie’s heads. Dying Light 2 is everything that made the first one a great game with a more reactive and bigger open world. Set in Paris after a Zombie Outbreak, the game will maintain the fun parkour and add branched narrative sequences that offer you dialogue choice.
Then there was Just Cause 4 and it’s crazier than Just Cause 3- can you imagine it? Although not much was revealed in the trailer except for the protagonist driving straight into a huge tornado and then proceeding to fight that tornado, it is confirmed to release on December 4, 2018.
At last, Microsoft had saved their biggest bomb for the end of their E3 presentation- Cyberpunk 2077 trailer. Finally! We have some more details on the vague trailer that was released 5 years ago by CD Project Red, the developers of The Witcher Series. The trailer revealed the setting of the game, Night City California 2077. It’s the most corrupt city in the world but people want to live there due to the sprawling opportunities. The trailer was filled with beautiful Sci-fi elements and flying cars, which will hopefully be drivable. There is too much to say about it so why not check it out yourself here? Though just a trailer, it stole the whole show.
Cyberpunk 2077 trailer at E3
Even after so many exciting announcements, Microsoft wasn’t yet done. Here are few of the other thing announced at Microsoft’s E3 conference.
- A trailer of Fallout 76 was released. But more details about the game were revealed in Bethesda’s conference which followed Microsoft’s conference.
- A new gameplay trailer of Metro Exodus was showed and it still looks pretty good.
- Disney Frozen’s world including Elsa, Anna and Olaf will be a part of Kingdom Hearts 3.
- Bandai Namco announced Jump Force, a massive anime crossover fighting game which will include Naruto, Fluffy, Goku and even more anime characters.
- Cuphead is getting a new DLC new year called The Delicious Last Course which will also feature a new playable character.
- A new Battletoads game is coming out.
- Shadow of Tomb Raider is coming out this September 14.
- Last, but not the least, Phil Spencer revealed that the hardware team at Microsoft is working on a new Xbox which will be the next generation of consoles.
E3 2018 Bethesda’s List Quick Look
- Fallout 76
- Rage 2
- Doom Eternal
- Wolfenstein Youngblood
- The Elder Scrolls VI
- Prey – Mooncrash (DLC and new Game mode)
E3 2018 Bethesda Full Details
After all that Microsoft had showcased, Bethesda had a lot to live up to. And, needless to say, they did. They revealed more details about Fallout 76 and Rage 2, announced a new Doom, new Wolfenstein, and Starfield, a new sci-fi game. And, if that wasn’t enough to compete with Microsoft, they even had a secret weapon up their sleeve which was as big as Microsoft’ Cyberpunk trailer, if not any bigger.
First up at Bethesda’s E3 conference was Rage 2. A sequel to Rage released way back in 2010. Rage was a promising game but not a successful one. Rage 2 looks even more promising, hopefully, it’s successful too.
You play as Walker, ‘the last ranger’ and his enemy is called ‘the authority’. The exciting thing about the game was ‘If you see it, you can drive it’ which sounds awesome on paper until you compare it to the likes of GTA V. However, the game seemed pretty amazing with crazy people all around it. It comes out in spring of 2019.
The next thing on stage was Doom Eternal, a sequel to 2016 Doom reboot. At the end of Doom 2016, the protagonist was banished to hell by a cyborg. Doom Eternal is probably his journey of executing every single creature in hell. More details will be revealed by Bethesda at QuakeCon in August.
E3 was not over with its surprises as a new Wolfenstein, called Wolfenstein Youngblood was announced. A sequel to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, it features the twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz’s, protagonist of last game. Jess and Soph, the two girls continue the fight against the Nazis in 1980 in Paris.
More details about Fallout 76 were revealed at E3. It is, in fact, only an online survival game with no story aspect what so ever. Todd Howard described it as ‘soft-core’ survival game, which means your progress will not be lost when you die. You can play with friends in co-op or alone and wonder the hills of West Virginia. The map is said to be 4 times that of Fallout 4.
Starfield, Bethesda’s sci-fi game was also teased at E3. Very little details were disclosed but it’s safe to say its some sort of sci-fi explorer game. Howard described the game as ‘next-gen’ which could mean that the game will come out on the next generation of consoles.
At last, Bethesda did something that the fans had been dying to hear- They announced ‘The Elder Scrolls VI’. Nothing was revealed about the game, except a cinematic trailer which just revealed the name ‘The Elder Scrolls VI’ not even the subtitle of the game. But it has surely lifted up the hopes of the fans.
Some other details about at Bethesda’s E3 conference
- Prey is getting a bunch of new stuff including new DLC called Mooncrash and new competitive mode.
- The Elder Scrolls Blade is a Free to Play mobile game.
That ended the second day of E3. Tomorrow, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Sony will be presenting at E3.