The Top 5 Highlights from E3 2018
The Super Bowl of the Games Industry is finally over, and gamers around the world have heard from some of their favorite developers about the future of their favorite hobbies. Below is a quick wrap-up of my top five things from the press conferences!
Microsoft has 5 New Internal Studios
— Microsoft Studios (@MSStudiosBlog) June 11, 2018
Maybe this is Game Developer me talking, but Microsoft’s acquisition of 5 new studios is HUGE. In acquiring these Studios, Microsoft is trying to fight back against their lack of First Party studios, and also adding even more value to their already fantastic Games Pass service, allowing for even more games to be free on their release dates to service users. Below are the studios that were acquired and what they’ve made in the past!
- The Initiative: A new studio, however is being led by Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) ex-head of studio Darrell Gallagher
- Compulsion Games: Indie studio behind We Happy Few
- Playground Games: The Forza Horizon Series
- Undead Labs: The State of Decay Series
- Ninja Theory: Hellblade: Setsuna’s Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Cyberpunk 2077 Hijacked Microsoft’s Show
The Witcher developer CD PROJEKT RED stole Microsoft’s showcase with a first look at their game Cyberpunk 2077. Taking place in the futuristic dystopian city of Night City. Cyberpunk will have players take the role of V, a mercenary who is getting their first big contract. The game has been announced to be a First Person RPG, that will offer multiple endings and a more mature story. While it may be a little longer until we see more of this game, the quality of CD PROJEKT RED’s last outing, The Witcher 3, and the stylized trailer makes me even more excited to jump into the adventures awaiting in Night City.
The Elder Scrolls is coming to Mobile
Announced during the Bethesda Press Conference, the world of The Elder Scrolls is coming to Mobile Devices with The Elder Scrolls Blades. Much like 2015’s Fallout Shelter, Blades was designed from the ground up to offer an Elder Scrolls experience for players on the mobile market. The game will offer players different modes to explore and survive an endless dungeon, fight other players in an online arena, or take various quests while building their own town.
Bethesda announced that Elder Scrolls Blades will be coming to mobile near the end of the year, while coming to PC and Consoles sometime later on. Players can also sign up for a beta that will allow them to start their adventure before the game’s official launch.
Open World Samurai Action in Ghost of Tsushima
Announced at last year’s Paris Games Week, Ghost of Tsushima was one of the staple games being shown at Sony’s showcase. Created by the developers of Sly Cooper and inFAMOUS, Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima is an Open World Samurai game set in 13th Century Japan. The gameplay demo showcases horseback riding, sword combat, stealth, and much more. The game does all of this in a beautiful art style that looks like they pulled the cinematography right from a classic Samurai movie, that makes me even more excited for when this game launches on the PS4.
Smash Bros. Ultimate Coming December 7, 2018
Last but not least, Nintendo has delivered on their promise of Smash Bros. information with their e3 Nintendo Direct. The newest entry, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, looks to be the ultimate collection of the last 19 years of Smash, adding in every character that has been in a smash bros title. This means we’re seeing the return of fan favorite characters like the Ice Climbers, Snake, and Wolf. Smash Ultimate is also bringing some new characters into the mix, although they mentioned not as many as usual since they are porting all characters over, and introduced Daisy and Ridley to the roster in addition to the already announced Inkling.
Nintendo also detailed some of the new revisions to the gameplay. In Ultimate, players see the return of air dodges, plenty of tweaks to the characters AI allowing players to better track what’s happening, and making all of the Final Smashes more streamlined than previous versions. Nintendo also announced Gamecube Controller compatibility and the return of Amiibo trained fighters, alongside the announcements for new Amiibo for all of the new characters for the game.
And that’s all I have! What’s some of your favorite news coming out of E3 this year? Was it the insane Devolver Digital conference? Or the chance (that you’ve probably already missed) to get a Wearable Fallout Power Armor helmet? Let us know in the comments below!