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12 Biggest Game Reveals of E3 2016

Games of E3 2016

Here’s all the biggest E3 reveals you need to know about!

Every year, the E3 gaming convention brings some massive announcements and game reveals from the industry’s big players, and E3 2016 hasn’t disappointed. We’ve rounded up some of the newly announced games that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Forza Horizon 3

Release date: September 2016 (Xbox One, PC)

Microsoft’s open-world racing spin-off Forza Horizon gets a new sequel. This time, the game is set in the lush areas of Australia, offering gamers wide open-roads to put the largest Forza Horizon car roster to the test. The campaign also features 4-player co-op, which is quite interesting for a racing game. We’re excited to see how it all works when Forza Horizon 3 launches on Xbox One and PC in September.

Days Gone

Release date: TBA (PS4)

Sony introduced everyone to a new zombie survival game, but it wasn’t a Last of Us sequel. Days Gone is a new title from Bend Studios, who worked on the underrated Uncharted: Golden Abyss on PS Vita. Set in the beautiful, volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game where you play as Deacon St. John, a drifter and bounty hunter who has to use his former biker days to gain an edge in a world where survival is the only option. It looks gorgeous and the sheer volume of zombies on-screen gets us excited to what the game has in store.

Spider-Man

Release date: TBA (PS4)

Interesting to see Marvel giving exclusive rights to a Spider-Man game to Sony here, especially with a lucrative new film just sitting over the horizon. This one’s being developed by Insomniac Games, the great team behind Rachet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive, who’ve proved time and again they can make fast-paced action games with interesting movement mechanics, making them a perfect match for web-slinging Spidey. It’s a great developer at work here and it doesn’t appear to be constrained by any established comic or movie storyline, which should give them some freedom to experiment.

God of War

Release date: TBA (PS4)

It’s official – Kratos is back… and he has a son. God of War is getting a reboot, although this time the game is wrapped up in some intriguing Norse lore, rather than Greek mythology, featuring Kratos with a beard and brutal war axe. The game will revolve around Kratos’ relationship with his son, Charlie, who players will also be able to take control of. The gameplay demo gave us a look at the game, which is similar to past God of War games but refreshingly different too. Of course, the giant creature battles return and look better than ever.

Detroit: Become Human

Release date: TBA (PS4)

Bit Blade Runner-y this one, from the Heavy Rain / Beyond Two Souls team. A straight forward thriller, this’ll focus on the tension between androids and humans in a world where lifelike bots live among us. There looks to be elements of investigation and decision-making, and while it may be context-sensitive heavy, the premise and gorgeous animations have piqued our interest.

Resident Evil 7

Release date: January 2017 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

Capcom promised that Resident Evil would be returning to its roots of horror with the series’ next instalment, and by the look of RE7, the game is doing that and a whole lot more. The game shifts from the over-the-shoulder camera to the first-person, putting players in the shoes of the protagonist as they search an abandoned (or so it appears) mansion. There is also some heavy emphasis of VR here, so expect Resident Evil 7 to scare the pants off you when it launches on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 in January 2017.

Death Stranding

Release date: TBA (PS4)

Following his departure from Konami, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has been hard at work on something behind-closed-doors, but the veteran game developer revealed his latest project, Death Stranding. Besides a bizarrely haunting trailer, there’s not too much we know about the game. It does star The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus and will feature a supernatural element, along with a lot of dead marine life.

Quake Champions

Release date: TBA (PC)

Bethesda kicked off its E3 press conference with the news that Quake Champions, a new entry in id Software’s groundbreaking multiplayer shooter, is in the works. The game will retain its arena-based combat and powerful sci-fi weaponry. The game should take some notes from the recently-released reboot of Doom, and if that is anything to go by, we can’t wait to test our mettle in the Quake arena once again.

Prey

Release date: 2017 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

A sequel to the shamefully underappreciated FPS Prey was announced back in 2011 before being cancelled a year later. Now, Bethesda has re-announced the game, but instead of it being Prey 2 or a remake, it will simply be known as Prey and will be a re-imagining of the franchise. Development duties are now with Arkane Studios (Dishonored), and beyond that there’s not much news besides a CG trailer.

Steep

Release date: December 2016 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

The winter sports genre has been hugely neglected in recent years, but Ubisoft unveiled a new open-world action sports game, Steep, which will allow gamers to indulge in skiing, paragliding, snowboarding, and wingsuit traversal down some dangerous mountains, with the ability to switch on the fly. Steep is being developed by Ubisoft Annecy who helped with development on The Division, and there will be tons of activities to participate in, while there will also be challenges modes to tackle too.

State of Decay 2

Release date: 2017 (Xbox One, PC)

Undead Labs did not disappoint with their long-awaited unveiling of State of Decay 2Like its predecessor, State of Decay 2 will be an open-world third-person survival RPG set in a recent zombie apocalypse. Unlike its predecessor, it will support drop-in co-op play so you can enlist a couple friends to help keep the roaming hordes at bay. Your actions will again have an impact on the world around you, only this time, the ripples can be felt much further away.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release date: TBA (Wii U, NX)

Nintendo revealed a bunch of new information on their next Zelda game, due to come out on NX and Wii U next year. The game is quite easily the largest and most ambitious game in the franchise to date, featuring new gameplay elements like changing weather patterns and scalable cliffs. There is also a wider array of weapons like spears and axes that Link has access to, along with the ability to pick up food to replenish health. Enemies also live in colonies rather than scattered randomly around Hyrule, and the game is compatible with several coming amiibo figurines.

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