The world’s biggest gaming expo is currently underway, and E3 is already delivering on the promise of big game announcements. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have got their conferences out of the way, and with them came some exciting, predictable and surprising reveals. Here are 8 of the biggest announcements you may have missed:
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Killzone studio Guerrilla Games didn’t unveil a new entry into its gritty shooter franchise, but instead showcased a new game, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game is a third-person action adventure game that is gorgeous to look at and features great hunting, stealth and combat mechanics. However, there are really only two words you need to know: Robot. Dinosaurs.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, the sequel to the free-running game Mirror’s Edge, was officially revealed after teases over the past month. EA announced that Catalyst will be released on 23 February 2016, and the publisher showed off a cinematic trailer that promises more complex parkour and combat, along with a story that builds upon the premise of the first game. Also, unlike the previous Mirror’s Edge, Catalyst won’t have separate levels or load times, but will rather be set in a free-roaming open-world environment.
It was somewhat known that another Hitman game was in the works, but we finally got a first look at the game through an impressive CGI trailer – something we’ve come to expect from Square Enix and IO Interactive. The trailer doesn’t give away much, but the bald-headed bardcoded assassin is back, and we’re sure he’s going to be thrown into some pretty complex murderous conundrums.
Gears of War 4
The COG soldiers return in Black Tusk Studios’ (now known as The Coalition) first game since Microsoft bought the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. This time around, player will take control of two new soldiers, JD and an unnamed female soldier, as they battle against a new foe unlike anything seen before. Thankfully, there’s a lot of firepower, chainsaws and attiude to go around.
ReCore is one of the most interesting looking games announced at E3. There isn’t a lot that we know about the game yet, other than that one of the creators behind Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime are behind it. ReCore stars a woman — one of the last surviving humans — who’s fighting her way through a destroyed desert world, working with a series of quirky mechanical pets to help her fight mechanical villains.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
A Mass Effect sequel announcement was also a welcomed surprise. It was a known fact that Bioware was cooking up something Mass Effect-related, but no one assumed we’d see something this soon. The new game, subtitled Andromeda, will be the fourth game in the series, and while we didn’t get to see any gameplay, a CGI trailer showing the N7 designation on armour worn by the mysterious character hints that we could be seeing a familiar face, or someone new in the Systems special forces.
Unravel is a physics-based puzzle game starring Yarny, a creature made of yarn who can use his own body to explore the world around him and overcome obstacles. It’s currently in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Creator Martin Sahlin revealed the game and talked about his studio, Coldwood, on EA’s E3 stage. Unravel’s debut trailer is joyful and adventurous — watch it below.
Arkane Studios co-creators Harvey Smith and Rafael Colantonio announced the conference’s worst-kept secret: Dishonored 2. In the sequel to the award-winning stealth action game, players will be offered a choice between playing as the first game’s Corvo Attano or as Emily Kaldwin. The faux-Victorian steampunk atmosphere and style is back and the trailer starred a masked assassin (revealed to be an adult princess Emily Kaldwin), and she was seen infiltrating a stronghold, fighting off clockwork bad guys and overcoming obstacles using a variety of Dishonored-style tricks, gadgets, and sorcery.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Ubisoft announced Ghost Recon: Wildlands, an open-world, cooperative shooter in development at Ubisoft Paris, the studio that co-developed Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. A trailer for the upcoming title was revealed during the company’s E3 press conference. Not much other information was given, though heaps of targets were shown across the entire world, suggesting we may be in for a spot of globetrotting.
South Park: Fractured But Whole
Ubisoft is back with another South Park RPG. While Stick Of Truth was a medieval fantasy thing, this new game—titled The Fractured But Whole — is going to be a superhero satire. Also, Stick Of Truth was developed by fan-favorite RPG studio Obsidian Entertainment (best known for making games that everyone likes even though they occasionally run horrendously), but Fractured is being developed internally at Ubisoft. It remains to be seen whether or not that’s a good thing.
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