E3’s press conference schedule has begun, and we have all the details you need about the biggest presentations, live streams and game launches.
Taking place from June 13-15 in Los Angeles (with press conferences in the days leading up), it’s where all the big guns announce their exciting new games that will be launching in the busy holiday season and beyond. This year we also have the bonus of new hardware, with the Nintendo Switch making its E3 debut and Microsoft’s Xbox One successor – Xbox One X – being fully unveiled.
E3 2017 game reveals and announcements
EA opened this year’s show with a solid selection of games. The crown jewel was undoubtedly Anthem, the all-new IP from BioWare. Taking place in a mysterious, post-apocalyptic world, this upcoming RPG looks to be something special. A full gameplay reveal is coming during Microsoft’s E3 briefing tomorrow.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 also received an extensive new gameplay trailer, alongside confirmation that all post-launch content will be absolutely free. FIFA 18 and Madden NFL 18 filled the yearly sporting quota, each receiving new trailers and gameplay details on The Journey and Longshot story modes. Plus, Need for Speed: Payback got a gameplay trailer.
Indie darlings also received plenty of attention with A Way Out finally being revealed. Developed by the minds behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, this adventure can only be played with two players either on the same couch or online. It looks fantastic, and a nice change of pace from EA’s usual catalogue of titles. You can find all the juicy news and trailers on our EA Play page.
Microsoft finally revealed the Xbox One X, which had previously been codenamed Xbox Scorpio. The console boasts a sleek grey design; in fact, Microsoft says it’s the smallest Xbox ever.
Players can expect a 6-teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172GHz that’s capable of handling 4K-resolution gaming. It’s set to launch globally on November 7, 2017, with Microsoft confirming that 42 games would available for the console – 22 of which will be exclusive.
Our Microsoft live blog contains everything you need to know, including trailers and lots of games.
For the latest, check out our Xbox One X page, as well as our Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro comparison.
Bethesda wrapped up Sunday with its presentation. In a short-but-insane whistlestop tour, the wraps were finally taken off The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. These two highly anticipated games will be coming out this year – which was a bit of a surprise, but welcome news nonetheless.
Elsewhere, we were shown the Doom VFR VR game and Fallout 4 VR, neither of which have release dates. DLC for Dishonored 2 was also unveiled along with Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch.
Kicking off Monday, the PC Gaming Show revealed a few announcements, the most exciting of which were Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and new DLC for XCOM 2.
Ubisoft had a brilliant showing this year, with its biggest announcement being the long-awaited reveal of Beyond Good and Evil 2. We also saw a trailer of The Crew 2 and an additional peek at Assassin’s Creed Origins. Other titles shown off include South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Transference and pirate multiplayer game Skull and Bones.
Sony put on a pretty impressive display this year, although it didn’t quite have the ‘wow’ factor of 2016. God of War, Detroit: Become Human and Days Gone all received new gameplay demos and loose release windows. Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man stole the show with a visually stunning performance. Our personal favourite announcement has to be Bluepoint Games’ Shadow of the Colossus remake. Oh, and Monster Hunter is finally coming to PS4!
Read our Sony E3 live blog for all the announcements and trailers as they happened.
Nintendo showed a strong hand this year, revealing two new DLC packs for Breath of the Wild, as well as a new game called Super Mario Odyssey that’s set for release in October. Nintendo also confirmed that Game Freak is working on a proper Pokemon RPG for the Switch, and revealed that we’d also see a cross-platform Rocket League port on the handheld console this holiday season too.
Read on for in-depth highlights from the biggest press conferences.
Microsoft at E3 2017
Project Scorpio breaks cover
As expected, Microsoft finally lifted the lid on its long-awaited 4K console: the Xbox One X. We’d already been given a glimpse of the console’s powerful spec sheet – albeit under the codename Xbox Scorpio – beforehand, but E3 hosted the proper debut. The console will launch worldwide on November 7, 2017 for £449 in the UK and $499 in the USA.
Check it out:
The console features a 6-teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172GHz, as well as 12GB of GDDR5 memory. The console is capable of outputting true 4K-resolution gaming – that’s 8 million pixels – as well as offering support for High Dynamic Range content and premium Dolby Atmos sound.
Like the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X also functions as a 4K UHD Blu-ray player. But it gets better: backwards compatibility means you’ll be able to play all existing Xbox One games on the Xbox One X.
The console features a processor built on a highly efficient 16nm manufacturing process, boasting an incredible seven billion transistors. Microsoft has also integrated a liquid-cooled vapour chamber into the Xbox One X design to keep the console from running hot during 4K gaming.
During E3, Microsoft announced 42 games for the Xbox One X, including 22 games with console exclusivity. Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, described the Xbox One X as “the most powerful console ever made”, and promised that Forza Motorsport 7 would be available on the console, running in true 4K at 60 frames per second.
One of the other launch games is Assassin’s Creed Origins, which sees the franchise head to Ancient Egypt for the first time ever. The story will tell the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, and will run in 4K on the Xbox One X.
Then there’s Minecraft 4K, which is just like normal Minecraft, but you won’t see any of those blocky pixels on your…blocks. Check out the trailer below:
Games confirmed for the Xbox One X by Microsoft at E3 2017 include:
- Metro Exodus
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Deep Space Galactic
- PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- State of Decay 2
- The Darwin Project
- Minecraft 4K
- Dragonball Fighter Z
- Black Desert
- The Last Night
- The Artful Escape
- Sea of Thieves
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Crackdown 3
- Osiris New Dawn
- Raiders of the Broken Planet
- Unruly Heroes
- Path of Exile
- Surviving Mars
- Fable Fortune
- Robocraft Infinity
- Dunk Lords
- Minion Masters: Forced To Duel
- Dark and Light
- Strange Brigade
- Hello Neighbour
- Conan Exiles
- Life Is Strange: Before The Storm
- Middle Earth: Shadow of War
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Better still, if you already own certain titles on Xbox, you’ll be able to get free 4K upgrades – including Gears of War 4, Forza 3, Halo Wars 2 and Minecraft.
You can watch the full Microsoft E3 2017 press event here:
Sony at E3 2017
As you can see above, Sony had a decent showing at E3 2017. The company didn’t spring many huge surprises, but it did at least show off some pretty spectacular trailers for a whole host of games. You can re-watch the live stream below:
Games featured include:
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Spider-Man gameplay trailer
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
- Detroit: Become Human gameplay/cinematic trailer
- Destiny 2 cinematic trailer
- Strange Brigade
- The Inpatient (VR)
- Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC
- Bravo Team (VR)
- God of War gameplay trailer
- Days Gone gameplay
- Monster Hunter World
- Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
- Call of Duty WWII
- Skyrim VR
- Monster of the Deep (Final Fantasy)
Nintendo at E3 2017
Nintendo had a pretty strong showing at this year’s E3 conference, highlighting a wide roster of new games for the recently launched Nintendo Switch handheld console.
But before we dive into that, check out the Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017 video below:
So what’s new? Well Nintendo’s next big hitter looks to be Super Mario Odyssey, which was revealed to have a release date of October 27. There was also announcement that the critically acclaimed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting two new DLC packs as part of the existing Expansion Pass. The first is called The Master Trials and will arrive on June 30, followed by The Champion’s Ballad in the holiday season.
But there were also plenty of other announcements to chew over too:
- Metroid Prime 4 in development
- Pokemon RPG for Switch being developed by Game Freak
- Rocket League coming to Switch (holiday season)
- Metroid coming to 3DS
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 coming holiday season
- New Yoshi game
- New Kirby game
- Seven new Amiibo (4x Zelda, 3x Super Mario Odyssey)
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