It’s Christmas time for gamers! Now that we’ve been through the major conferences, Microsoft included, it’s time to recap and collect all the juicy news into one place. After all, you’re busy people and you got places to go and people to see. Or, more accurately, games to play.
So, let’s start the recap!
The Internet’s Greatest E3 2016 Recap
#1 - Titanfall 2 is coming
We come out of the gate strong with a brand new Titanfall trailer, complete with news of a full single player campaign, new features, and a release date of October 28th, 2016.
#2 - Mass Effect: Andromeda Update
Mass Effect: Andromeda has been a long time coming, and while this new footage is awesome, we still don’t have a solid release date. That being said, we did learn it runs on the Frostbite engine responsible for Battlefield.
#3 - EA Originals Announces “Fe”
EA wants to keep supporting indie developers after the success of Unravel, so they’ve started a program to choose and mentor other small teams. Their next project is with Zoink Games (composed of 20 people) and the game is called “Fe”
It’s a whimsical exploration game with a narrative about how everything in the world is connected in some way.
#4 - Xbox One S and Project Scorpio Announced
Perhaps the largest announcement at Microsoft’s show was the reveal of the Xbox One S with 40% smaller size, a larger hard drive, and support for 4K video. In addition to this news, they also revealed Project Scorpio, which is a new console coming in holiday 2017.
It’s supposed to fit into the “Xbox family” without alienating gamers, but it’s promised to be the most “powerful console ever made,” with support for VR and 4K gaming.
#5 - Gears of War 4 Release Date
Gears of War 4 had an awesome stage demo, and confirmation that it would be cross-buy on PC and console, with a release date of October 11, 2016. It’s looking good, maybe not entirely new, but it looks like Gears, and that’s not a bad thing.
#6 - Recore Given a Date/Gameplay Trailer
Recore is the new third-person action game from Keiji Inafune who is famous for Mega Man and Mighty No. 9. We finally got a glimpse at the game in action today, and a release date for the Xbox One exclusive: September 19th, 2016.
#7 - Forza Horizon 3 Announced
The new open-world Forza takes place in Australia, with seamless co-op, and some slick graphics. The trailer honestly speaks for itself here.
#8 - 1st Division Expansion Announced
The Division’s first DLC expansion comes first to Xbox One on June 28, 2016. It features a new underground area with randomly generated levels. Should be a cool add-on!
#9 - Xbox Live and Minecraft Getting New Features
Xbox Live is rocking some new features soon, including the assistant Cortana, support for clubs and communities, and even an arena tournament platform. You can also use a new “looking for group” app to find like-minded players in your favorite games.
While we’re on the subject of new features, Microsoft’s own Minecraft franchise they purchased is also getting more cozy. The Friendly Update allows people to create realms that exist on dedicated servers so their friends can jump in.
New texture packs add new possibilities, and an update next year will allow people to customize the look and behaviors of NPCs.
#10 - Inside Gets a Release Date
The developers of Limbo have been working for a while on their new title, Inside. Today we got a date: June 28, 2016. Even better, Limbo is currently FREE for those who haven’t played the indie gem.
#11 - We Happy Few Coming to Xbox Live Preview
We Happy Few looks to be a new Bioshock in terms of unique setting and story. Set in a world where people take pills to make them happy, you’re someone who has decided to go against thr grain. The game is coming to Microsoft’s early access platform next month so players can check it out while it’s in development.
#12 - CD Projekt Red Announces a Gwent Game
Gwent is the popular card game you can play on the side in the stellar RPG Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Now they’re making a standalone game of it and it looks awesome. If you’re a fan of card games or Witcher, you’ll love this.
#13 - Skyrim is Getting a Remake, Fallout More DLC
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is perhaps the most successful Bethesda game, so it makes sense for them to remake it. Their putting in new effects, art, lighting, and more. They’re also adding support for mods, and there’s plenty of those. It comes out this October.
Fallout 4 is also getting three additional packs, one of which is a big story expansion. That will bring the total to six packs for season pass owners.
#14 - Dead Rising 4 Announced
Dead Rising is always fun, and it looks like Frank West is returning this holiday season in his hometown to wreak havoc on some unsuspecting zombies. Count me in!
#15 - Dishonored 2 Release Date/Pre-order Bonus
Dishonored 2 is coming out this fall (11/11/16), and it is looking awesome in the latest gameplay trailer. Two playable characters, and the promise of the first game’s definitive edition for pre-orders are plenty of reason to lock this one down.
#16 - Prey is Back!
I loved Prey back on the 360, but its sequel was canceled. Now we have a brand new game sharing the same title announced at Bethesda’s conference. Check out the trailer, it looks amazing.
#17 - Sea of Thieves First Gameplay
Sea of Thieves is the first non-Kinect game Rare has done in a long time. Today we finally saw some gameplay and it’s looking to be an epic pirate adventure you can play with your friends. Still no word on the date yet.
#18 - Halo Wars 2 and Beta
Halo Wars was a unique take that shifted the shooter to an RTS. Now we’re finally getting a sequel, and there’s also a beta going on all week for those who want to try it out.
#19 - Ubisoft Highlights
Ubisoft’s press conference was weird and eccentric like usual, but this year we had some highlights. Ghost Recon: Wildlands got a release date of March 7, 2017. South Park: The Fractured But Whole also saw a date of December 6th.
For Honor revealed it’s single player gameplay and is coming out 2/14/17, and experimental game Grow Home is getting a sequel called Grow Up in August. Oh and there’s a Trials/Blood Dragon mashup that’s out today.
#20 - Battlefield 1 News
Battlefield 1 is looking to overthrow Call of Duty this year, and the latest footage is solidifying that fact. With dynamic weather, a World War I setting, and giant behemoth vehicles like airships, this should be the best Battlefield yet.
What Did You Think?
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