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Featured General E3 2017: News, Rumours, Reviews

  1. Technically, E3 2017 begins on Tuesday, June 13th. However, this is just the floor show. In the days leading up to Tuesday, many publishers hold presentations to reveal all of the big titles on which they're working. Now, that presentation lineup is confirmed. Take a look at the table below to see who you should be watching and when you should be watching them.

    EA June 10th 20:00 BST
    Microsoft June 11th 22:00 BST
    Bethesda June 12th (EU) 03:00 BST
    Ubisoft June 12th 21:00 BST
    Sony June 13th (EU) 02:00 BST

    EA has already revealed a lot of their upcoming titles. We know that Star Wars Battlefront II, a new Need for Speed title, Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, NHL 18, NBA LIVE 18 and a new UFC title are all on their way within the next 12 months and they're all likely to be at the show.

    Microsoft took the surprising decision to move their E3 presentation to the Sunday to avoid congestion. Unsurprisingly, the upcoming Project Scorpio will be on stage although Phil Spencer has confirmed that the console will not be dominating the presentation. Instead, there will be a focus on games, especially Scorpio's launch lineup. We know that Halo 6 will not be at E3 but State of Decay 2 most definitely will be, while Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves have also been confirmed for release this year. Spencer also teased "some things that we haven't talked about yet", so prepare for some surprises.

    Bethesda has dubbed their presentation Bethesdaland. They've promised a night full of fun and games where people can mingle and see their new projects. The night will end with a "live musical performance from a top-secret act". Of all of the publishers, they're the one that has managed to keep the most tight-lipped about what they're planning. The only hints that you'll get are in the following image.

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    Ubisoft was the last of the publishers to confirm their E3 presentation. At the same time, they also dropped teasers for Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and a new Assassin's Creed title.
     
  2. Sony will stream over 15 hours of live content during E3 2017 and here’s how and when you can watch everything unfold from the comfort of home.



    According to Sony, it will stream new game demos, developer interviews, and new trailers for “dozens of games” on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.

    PlayStation Live From E3 2017 starts on Monday, June 12 with a pre-show at 5pm PT/8pm ET/1am UK/2am CEST. It’s E3 2017 presentation kicks off an hour later.

    You’ll find the streaming schedule from Sony in full below, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog.

    PlayStation Live From E3 2017 Streaming Schedule
    • Monday,June 12: Pre-show followed by PlayStation Media Showcase an hour later – 5pm PT/8pm ET/1am UK/2am CEST
    • Tuesday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 14: Various Media Programming – 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm UK/9pm CEST until 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am UK/3am CEST.
    • Thursday, June 15: Various Media Programming – 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm UK/9pm CEST until 4pm PT/7pm ET/12am UK/1am CEST.
    In terms of where to watch, streaming will take place on the PlayStation Live website. You will also be able to watch the main presentation there as well.

    Viewers will also be provided “quests” which will “unlock rewards while supplies last.” Here, you will also be able to view trailers, developer interviews, and more.

    The festivities will also be streamed on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook.

    During Sony’s main presentation, expect to see more God of War, hear more on Destiny 2 content exclusivity, Quantic Dreams’ Detroit: Become Human, Days Gone, Media Molecule’s Dreams, The Last of Us: Part 2 and some others.
     
  3. Everything Shown During EA Play at E3 2017

    With titles like Fifa 18, Madden 18, and Star Wars: Battlefront II, it seems fitting that Electronic Arts and their ‘EA Play’ show kick off the festivities at this year’s E3 2017. Andrew House started the event by boasting “eight new experiences” that gamers should be excited about. House then highlighted an extended 30-minute look at Star Wars: Battlefront II, citing that the publisher addressed some of the opportunities (criticisms) that players had with the first title.

    Coincidently, EA also took a moment out of its press conference to highlight the upcoming ‘Project Scorpio’ citing that the hardware is “coming at the right time”. Check out more from Star Wars: Battlefront II, Fifa 18 and the rest of the day’s unveilings and announcements below.

    Madden 18 Gets ‘Longshot’ Trailer Showcasing the Game’s New Story Mode
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    EA Sports is bringing story to this year’s Madden 18 and shows players what to expect with its ‘Longshot’ trailer.


    In the new trailer, which clocks in at 1 minute and 8 seconds, we get to see the latest addition coming to Madden; a story mode. The short reveal trailer takes us on a brief narrative journey of Devon Wade, a football player for the University of Texas as he goes on his journey to be drafted into the NFL.

    The addition of a proper story mode in Madden has been a highly requested feature that fans have been wanting for quite some time now. Given the massive success and praise of the story mode presented in FIFA 17, it’s no surprise that Madden 18 is getting the proper story mode treatment. Last month, Electronic Arts announced that Tom Brady would be on the cover of Madden 18.

    No other information was given on the game’s new story mode, but what we can definitely expect from it is a brand new explosive narrative, all told through the beautiful Frostbite Engine. Madden 18 is the first game in the Madden series to utilize the new engine and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

    Madden 18 will come in two versions; the standard version of the game and the G.O.A.T Edition. The latter version of Madden 18 will give players the ability to play the game 3 days early before the official release date of August 25, 2017. In addition to playing the game early, players will also get 1 elite player from their favorite NFL team, 2,500 contracts, an Ultimate Team uniform pack, 1 of 5 elite G.O.A.T. players, and 12 Madden Ultimate Team squad packs.

    Battlefield 1 Gets Explosive Trailer with “In the Name of the Tsar” Expansion; Coming in September
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    Battlefield 1, according to EA, has 20 million players worldwide. With the “In the Name of the Tsar” DLC, the company hopes to grow that base even more.

    FIFA 18’s Story Mode “The Journey: Hunter Returns” Teased in New Trailer; More Gameplay Shown Off
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    Fifa 18 marks the return of Alex Hunter. EA took the opportunity at EA Play to show off not just one but two trailers for the biggest and most successful franchise in the company’s portfolio.



    Need for Speed Payback Gets First Gameplay Trailer at EA Play, and it Looks Gorgeous
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    Need for Speed Payback continues the series’ new focus on storytelling. You’ll pay as street racer Tyler Morgan who’s out to win races and take down a shady cartel.

     
  4. EA Play at E3 2017 (continued)

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Maker and EA Reveal New Co-Op Prison-Break Game Called A Way Out
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    A Way Out is a new EA Originals game coming sometime in early 2018 that is “uniquely tailored for two players to work together no matter the situation.”

    The game begins in prison with two separate inmates, Leo and Vincent, who don’t know each other. While their individual stories progress, players will have to build a relationship based on trust as they break both men out of prison into the world beyond.

    The game is said to contain memorable action moments, car chases, stealth passages, melee fights, shootouts, and many more.

    Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Worldwide Studios accompanies the announcement with the following statement:
    Josef Fares, Writer and Director at Hazelight adds:


    BioWare’s New Game Revealed: Anthem; Teaser Trailer Released
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    EA very subtly teases Anthem a mysterious, brand new IP from Bioware. If you blink, you might miss it. EA also promised a closer look at the Xbox press conference on Sunday.


    NBA Live 18 Gets New Details; New Gameplay Trailer Released
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    First off, and most importantly, the title will introduce a brand new way to play the title. This new feature is called The One, and it will allow players to earn respect and other items in not just League play, but also Street play. In Street play, you can take on NBA legends at iconic locations around the United States. Venice Beach was one of the locations highlighted in the reveal. The developer also confirmed that the choices you make in the Street play will directly affect you in League play. Players will also be able to completely customize their character. More details on this new feature will arrive in the future according to EA.

    EA Tiburon also announced that a demo for the title will be coming in August. And best of all, your progress will carry over into the full game. No other details about the demo, like what it will entail, what exact date it will drop, or what platforms it will be available on, were announced.

    NBA Live is the rival to 2K’s NBA 2K18 in the basketball simulation space, though EA in recent years has largely trailed behind 2K, as the last few instalments have been fumbled, and been not preferred to the NBA 2K series.

    NBA Live 18 will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox, Android, and iOS devices in Q4 of 2017. Below, you can check out the newly released gameplay trailer:


    Star Wars: Battlefront II Debuts with Incredible New Gameplay Trailer at E3 2017

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  5. Everything Announced at Microsoft's E3 2017 Press Conference

    Microsoft opened up the press conference by showing a reel that intimately showcased the company’s newly engineered Xbox console officially revealed as Xbox One X by head-honcho Phil Spencer, with excited applause from eager attendees. Technical specifications were furnished, confirming Microsoft’s eager direction to bring the company’s most powerful console to your home with a multitude of games that will undoubtedly take advantage of it’s hulking hardware.

    Project Scorpio’s Name and Design Officially Revealed: It’s Xbox One X

    Microsoft officially reveals the long-awaited console, named Xbox One X, which is slated to release worldwide November 7th, 2017. Packing impressive technical specifications, the console includes a CPU/GPU combo capable of delivering 6 teraflops of computing power, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, and 1TB of storage, sticking true to the long-speculated 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disk driver and true delivery of 4K gaming content.

    Forza Motorsport 7 Revealed, and it Looks Gorgeous

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    One of Microsoft’s strongest franchises — the racing simulator Forza Motorsport — was given its seventh installment announcement, showing impressively alluring gameplay smoothly operating at an impressive 4K and 60 FPS on Xbox One X.

    Metro: Exodus Revealed at Xbox’s E3 2017 Briefing, Launching 2018

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    Metro: Exodus was announced during the conference, bringing light to a new entry in the series. The reveal exhibited notable graphics and gameplay, in what looked to be in-engine footage.

    Assasin’s Creed Origins Revealed

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    After a plethora of leaks and rumours that seemed to confirm its existence prior to its announcement, Assassin’s Creed Origins was officially revealed during Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Set in Egypt, Assassin’s Creed Origins will run at a steady FPS at a consistent 4K resolution.


    Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Will Launch First on Xbox One, New Trailer Revealed



    Developer Bluehole announced that it’s hit MMO, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will be available first on the Xbox One. Built in Unreal Engine 4, the game allows you to direct your anger at other players by setting them ablaze or by unloading round after round of bullets into your opponents.
     
  6. Microsoft's E3 2017 Press Conference (continued)

    Deep Rock Galactic Announced as Console Launch Exclusive at Xbox’s E3 2o17 Briefing

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    Having previously resided on Steam, Coffee Stain Publishing and Ghost Ship Games’ Deep Rock Galactic is landing exclusively at console launch on the Xbox One, giving you the opportunity to co-operatively shoot your foes in FPS fashion.


    State of Decay 2 Gameplay Reveal Asks What You Will Do to Survive

    Undead Labs’ open-world zombie survival, State of Decay, was met with a long-awaited sequel State of Decay 2. A gory gameplay trailer was retrofitted in the announcement, running in 4K in addition to a sprinkle of an additional element where players can expect to make decisions in order to secure the survival of their group.

    Black Desert Online for Console Revealed; Coming Early 2018



    If you’ve ever wanted to glaze over a truly beautifully crafted MMO, you can definitely do so with Perl Abyss and Kakao Games’ Black Desert Online, which is headed to consoles sometime early next year.

    Dragon Ball FighterZ Trailer Revealed at Xbox’s E3 2017 Briefing



    What do you get when you take the best bits of Marvel vs Capcom and Dragon Ball Z? Dragon Ball FighterZ — a new fighter that greets fans of the series with a silky, statuesque 2.5D experience.

    Code Vein by Bandai Namco Will Come to Xbox One, Enhanced for Xbox One X



    It wasn’t too long ago that Bandai Namco announced Code Vein. However, with its announcement, details of which platform it would be coming to was unknown. Until today, at least. Code Vein has been announced for Xbox One, with an enhanced version coming to the Xbox One X.
     
  7. Microsoft's E3 2017 Press Conference (continued)

    Cyberpunk Adventure game The Last Night Coming to Xbox One and PC in 2018; New Trailer Released



    The game takes place in an open-world, boasting 4 four unique districts, all with distinct cultures, architecture, and industries. You will be able to travel between district via taxis, ferries, or monorails, all in a “living” and “simulated” world, dense with crowds of people all doing their own stuff.

    As for gameplay, it is described a combination of action and infiltration that varies, and includes things like driving down epic highways, flying drones, hacking androids to do your dirty work, and trying to remain undetected.

    Mojang Announces Cross Platform Play for Minecraft and 4K on Xbox One X

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    Continuing the back-to-back consignment of 4K games, Microsoft added Minecraft to its list. In addition to a ritzy resolution upgrade which will be exclusive to the Xbox One X, developer Mojang also announced that they would be bringing cross platform play to the gargantuan franchise.

    Rare’s Sea of Thieves Lands With New Exhilarating Gameplay and Early 2018 Release Window

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    Veteran developer Rare hit the stage revealing new gameplay — and the ability to effortlessly carry cannonballs underwater — of the upcoming shared adventure game Sea of Thieves, which is set to release in early 2018.

    1930’s Cartoon-Looking Cuphead Launches on Xbox One and PC on September 29th

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    Cuphead was met with delay, and sadness at said delay, back in October 2016. During the press conference, however, Studio MDHR and Microsoft announced that the highly-anticipated platformer is finally making its way onto Xbox One and PC this September.

    Crackdown 3 Launches on November 7th; New Trailer Released

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    Crackdown 3 hit the stage with actor Terry Crews, dressed as an Agent, manically introducing new gameplay footage for the forthcoming Microsoft exclusive, which has confirmed release date of November 7th.

    Tacoma Release Date Announced; New Trailer Unveiled



    Futuristic first-person adventure game, Tacoma, which is developed by Fullbright Studios and follows the narrative of a player tasked with exploring a space station in order to find clues about the station’s crew, was announced to be arriving on Xbox One and PC August 2nd.

    New Ashen Trailer Revealed



    Ashen is an action role-playing game about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. To add to the aforementioned somberness, there’s no sun and the only natural light comes from eruptions that cover the land in ash. Ashen’s trailer showcased quite the creepy atmosphere, as the player laid waste to dark, creepy things.
     
  8. Microsoft's E3 2017 Press Conference (continued)

    Platformer Super Lucky’s Tale Revealed at Xbox’s E3 2017 Briefing

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    Super Lucky’s Tale is a platformer where players are put in the role of Lucky, a cuddly hero, in his quest to stop the villainous Jinx from reshaping the world for some unidentified reason. Like most of the aforementioned treats coming to Xbox One X, the game will be running at 4K resolution.

    Ori and the Will of the Wisp Announced for Xbox One and PC; Revealed in Debut Trailer

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    Ori and the Will of the Wisp was officially revealed for the Xbox One and Windows PC. Developed by Moon Studios, the original Ori and the Blind Forest was considered to be on of the best games of 2015.

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm Three Episode Release Revealed



    Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a prequel to the original five episode in the series developed by Deck Nine Games and not the franchise’s original developer Dontnod, was announced with a reveal trailer at the press conference with a release coming on August 31st.

    BioWare’s New Game Anthem Gets Explosive Gameplay Reveal on Xbox One X; It looks Fantastic

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    Anthem, BioWare’s new IP, was revealed to an array of visual eyegasms and paralyzingly splendid gameplay. In addition, it showcased a welcoming conglomeration of RPG elements, multiplayer and the company’s epochal storytelling.

    Original Xbox Titles Will Be Available To Play On Xbox One Via Backward Compatibility

    Microsoft announces that it will be expanding its Xbox One backward compatibility list to include original Xbox titles. A full list of games weren’t available at the time of the announcement. However, the company did announce that Crimson Sky will be part of the program.
     
  9. Bethesda E3 2017 Press Conference

    Bethesda may have had a short conference at E3 2017 this year, but that didn’t stop them from making some cool announcements. The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus were both revealed, and the company made some brand new announcements regarding its older games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 4, Doom, Quake Champions, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

    Fallout 4 VR Unveiled at Bethesda’s E3 2017 Showcase, Coming October

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    Bethesda finally revealed that Fallout 4 would be getting VR support. Currently, Fallout 4 VR will only be available for HTC Vive, but it did get a release window of this October.

    Doom VFR Gameplay Trailer Revealed at Bethesda E3 2017 Conference

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    Doom VFR is Bethesda’s other VR game in development. It will come to both the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive, and is being developed by id Software.

    More Details About The Nintendo Switch Version Of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Revealed

    First off, the game will support motion controls (thanks to the Switch’s Joycons of course) for combat and lockpicking. Secondly, the Switch version will contain the Dawngaurd, Heathfire, and Dragonborn expansions, completely free of charge. Finally, and probably most interesting, the game will feature loot and gear from The Legend of Zelda franchise. If you connect a Link amiibo to the console, you will be able to unlock the Master Sword, the Hylian Shield, and the Champion’s Tunic.

    Bethesda also unveiled a brand new trailer for the game, which highlighted its new features.



    The Elder Scrolls Online DLC ‘Horns of the Reach’ and ‘Clockwork City’ Announced



    Two new pieces of DLC were revealed for Bethesda’s popular MMO The Elder Scrolls Online today called Horns of the Reach and Clockwork City.

    Quake Champions Reveals BJ Blazkowicz as the Next Hero; Quake World Championships Unveiled



    id Software revealed that Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazkowicz will be the next hero that comes to Quake Champions alongside a special E3 update that will add new maps and a new weapon. The Quake World Championships was also unveiled, and will take place QuakeCon this year.
     
  10. Bethesda E3 2017 Press Conference (continued)

    Standalone Adventure Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Announced; Coming September 15th

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    Arkane Studios announced Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, which is the first standalone adventure in the Dishonored series. It will release September 15.

    The Evil Within 2 Announced

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    Tango Gameworks unveiled The Evil Within 2, and confirmed that it will once again star the protagonist of the first game Sebastian Castellanos. The game is set to arrive on October 13 of this year.


    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Announced; Coming October 27, 2017

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    After teasing the game last year, MachineGames announced Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which will release this fall. Players will once again control BJ Blazkowicz, as he attempts to liberate America from the Nazis in 1961.
     
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