We then got a follow up on the new IP from Guerrilla Studios, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and their breathtakingly beautiful take at an open world action RPG, focusing on the primitive people that inhabit our world after some sort of apocalypse, and the robot dinosaurs that roam the land. The reveal featured gameplay footage, and if what was shown is to be believed, may be one of the most beautiful games I've seen on new generation hardware.
Next we had a quick succession of reveals, starting with the cinematic trailer for the new Hitman game, new details on Street Fighter V, including the return of Birdie and Cammy, live gameplay from No Man's Sky, which focused on exploration and the sheer size of what they are making available to players; a whole universe. We got a first look at Media Molecule's new IP, dreams, where you can create and share virtually anything you want and can make using a paint style interface instead of a list of options and boxes. Finishing the segment was Firewatch, a new mystery title brought to us by Campo Santo, and features a different take on narrative and character development; your character interacts with only one other person via two way radio.
We had the official reveal of the much leaked Destiny expansion, The Taken King, and new details and gameplay footage to show off the new character sub-classes, areas and enemies. There are a number of us here at Geeks With Beards who are excited for this expansion, so expect more news and blogs regarding this exciting new expansion soon.
We saw more of this year's Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, and new footage featuring a playable female assassin, who is your twin sister, and apparently the more violent of the two, if the narrative and footage is to be believed. I love the Industrial Revolution setting, and there is a lot of potential in this series, and given last year's performance and subsequent apologies, we might have our strongest installment in years with this title.
Square Enix had a bit to announce, including World of Final Fantasy, a cute look at a Crystal Chronicles-esque adventure that borrows pretty heavily from Kingdom Hearts visual and combat styles. Also, and I apologize in advance for the caps-lock; FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE IS REAL AND COMING! Although not many details were shared, I did take note that it is "coming first" to PlayStation 4, not exclusively, though with Square Enix's track record, I'm willing to be it will probably only be ported to PC, and at some later point.
We took a small break from big announcements to reveal four new titles coming from Devolver Digital, but then went right back to the mic drops with the reveal of Shenmue III, and the Kickstarter, which, at the time of this writing, is already at over 140% funded, and apparently the traffic crashed the page for some time after it went live. For those that may not be aware, Shenmue is one of THE series that helped make 3D open world games a thing. Also it's considered to be one of the best video game series of all time, but that's getting into details.
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 showed off new campaign and multiplayer footage, and it was announced that for the first time, PlayStation players will be the first with all the new DLC and map-packs.
Disney Infinity 3.0 also showed off some details about the upcoming Star Wars-centric installment, and revealed an exclusive collectors edition that will come with the first two playsets, one a month in advance of retail, and Boba Fett also as a timed exclusive. Star Wars Battlefront also showed off a bit of gameplay, and honestly, if you are a FPS fan, this is going to be a great year for you, with top tier games coming out pretty consistently throughout the holidays.
Uncharted 4 gameplay reveal closed the show, and for the first time features active driving, as well as assuring us that Nathan's humor is still in tact, despite the grim look from the reveal trailer. Once the controller started working, anyway.
There were some noticeable slow points at the conference, with much smaller response from Black Ops campaign compared to the multiplayer, Infinity 3.0 also solicited primarily silence from the crowd, and that awkward moment when your demo of your show ending gameplay reveal isn't working. Also the lack of any hard info regarding Morpheus and absolutely nothing for Vita save a small sizzle real, definitely tempered the whole experience.
Thankfully, the highs of the show more than counteract any awkward moments that were had, and the big reveals of The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy VII remake, and Shenmue III more than delivered on an excellent E3 experience. We will have more posts about many of these games out soon, so be sure to check back often.