It seems to be this time of the year again, the time of year where the video game industry aims to provide audiences and attendees with a steady feed of demonstrations and announcements for the future. Ranging from smaller indie titles to blockbuster cinematic projects, E3 presents an opportunity for developers and publishers to reveal what the future of the industry might look in the forthcoming year. E3 is the Electronic Entertainment Expo, an annual event being held in the Los Angeles Convention Center this year. Traditionally, E3 tends to happen around the same time each year, offering players across the globe a glimpse into the future of the industry midway through the year. In 2017 the annual expo aims to run for 3 days, with the first exhibitions beginning on the 13th June and the final day being 15th June.
There are also conferences where names in the industry come from around the world to participate in the expo. The first few conferences were hosted by some of the biggest publishers in the industry; EA, Ubisoft and Bethesda each took to the stage to hold a conference which announced their plans for 2017/18. EA held the first conference and began E3 by showcasing titles such as “Star Wars: Battlefront 2”, sequel to the 2015 release. Star Wars Battlefront 2 aims to feature an original story-driven campaign which may complement the expansive multiplayer matches the series is known for. In addition to Battlefront 2, EA revealed “A Way Out”, a narrative driven co-operative experience, and “Fifa 18”, the annually released football simulation game.
Bethesda also took some of the limelight to reveal what they had been working on. A slew of new features were announced for their flagship titles, Skyrim and Fallout 4. Additionally, Bethesda revealed their foray into virtual reality with VR versions of both Doom and Fallout 4 coming soon. Publisher Ubisoft teased audiences with new footage the latest Assassin’s Creed game. Known as Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft aims to take the series to ancient Egypt in a prequel adventure. Ubisoft also demonstrated footage from Far Cry 5 and closed their show with a surprise title, Beyond Good and Evil 2, a title which has been in development for the past 15 years.
It seemed the surprises continued to arrive as Microsoft also announced the new Xbox X they have already dubbed as “the world’s most powerful console”. Microsoft claims this new console is 40% more powerful than any other console, boasting smoother gameplay, stunning 4K resolution and faster load times. It seemed there was an active push towards 4K gaming, as several of the titles announced during Microsoft’s conference were 4K compatible, including Crackdown 3, Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thieves.
Sony returned to provide a look at their upcoming releases for PlayStation VR and PS4 Pro console. Audiences got a detailed look at the upcoming God of War game as protagonist Kratos mentors his son about the ways of survival. A new cinematic trailer of Uncharted: Lost Legacy was revealed and the Insomiac’s Spider-Man game received a demo as Spidey performed a repertoire of acrobatic moves while saving lives. The abundance of announcements seemed to show little sign of slowing as Nintendo took to the stage, the final conference of the expo. Audiences got a look at the new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in action, providing a compelling fantasy RPG for Nintendo Switch owners. Super Mario Odyssey footage was showcased as Nintendo fan’s got to see the company’s mascot in action.
As Nintendo aims to gradually build their library for their fledgling console, the Nintendo Switch, Sony and Microsoft seemed to be pushing the boundaries of 4K gaming. Each publisher and developer aimed to make the most of E3 and this year seemed to be packed with reveals. This annual celebration of the industry seems to be the ideal way to get players interested and eagerly anticipating another year of interactive entertainment.
How does E3 2017 aim inform players about the next year of gaming?