NEWS - E3 2017 Highlights
Reported by NCZ on Thu Jun 15 2017

Another year, another E3. Plenty of new announcements, trailers, and gameplay videos were released for a variety of exciting games released in the next year and beyond. Here are the highlights, consisting of some of the most exciting trailers released this past week.



Nintendo focused primarily on their newly-released Nintendo Switch, showing off previously-confirmed games for 2017 (Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade 2), and pulling the curtain back on games scheduled for 2018 and beyond (Kirby, Yoshi, Metroid Prime 4, Pokemon). Samus Aran made her grand return after 10 years with not only Metroid Prime 4, but a remake of Metroid 2 for the 3DS (9/15/2017), and ports were shown off for Skyrim and Rocket League, scheduled for release in the holiday season. Finally, tournaments were held to show off the multiplayer excitement of ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Pokken Tournament DX, which all release this summer.



Sony's conference and pre-show prominently showcased games they had previously announced at last year's E3 (God of War and Spider-Man for 2018, Days Gone TBA) and other events (Ni no Kuni II, Everybody's Golf, Gran Turismo Sport, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy all for 2017). Major new announcements included a full remake of the 2005 classic Shadow of the Colossus, and Capcom's Monster Hunter World, both planned for 2018.



All eyes were on Microsoft as they unveiled the Xbox One X, a significantly more powerful (and pricier) version of the Xbox One console. To sell its extra juice, they leaned heavily on multiplatform releases and independent games, such as Studio MDHR's Cuphead (9/29/2017), Namco Bandai's Code Vein and Dragon Ball FighterZ (both 2018), EA/Bioware's Anthem (Fall 2018), and Square Enix/Deck Nine's Life is Strange: Before the Storm (8/30/2017). First-party software was somewhat light, with the company showing off Forza Motorsport 7 (10/3/2017), Crackdown 3 (11/7/2017), zombie-themed State of Decay 2 (spring 2018), and Rare's pirate MMO Sea of Thieves (early 2018).



Significant announcements by other companies included Ubisoft's Beyond Good and Evil 2 (TBA), Assassin's Creed Origins (10/27/2017), and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (8/29/2017), Bethesda's The Evil Within 2 (10/13/2017and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (10/27/2017), and EA's A Way Out (early 2018).



Finally, though not technically part of E3, Square Enix released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III at an orchestra event in Japan, promising even further information at next month's D23 Expo. Prior to the conference, they also announced the early 2018 release of their Dissidia Final Fantasy NT fighting game on PS4.

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ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 5:36 AM on Tue Jun 27 2017
Late since I was overseas on vacation for two weeks so I just came to see this year's E3...but man.

Nintendo is really killing it this year. They've been somewhat shaky the last few years but they're really coming back with a vengeance this year. Aside from the recent release of the Switch and BOTW, Super Mario Odyssey is looking to be incredible and like BOTW is looking to really bring the Mario franchise to life in an incredible new game that innovates a lot. Metroid coming back with a surprise is even better and it's great that a new Metroid Prime game is coming in since Prime 3 around 10 years ago, and Metroid II being remade on the 3DS is a nice way to push the franchise up too. The Switch is looking to get a slew of awesome games in the next year or two and that's looking to be awesome.

Sony didn't have that much but Spider-Man PS4 is the most exciting thing coming up for me, since I've been a Spider-Man fan since childhood and Insomniac and Spider-Man is a match made in heaven for me. This game is looking to be excellent and the first really good Spider-Man game in years. And Yuri Lowenthal is awesome, and I'm a big fan of him, and I'm looking forward to hearing his take on Spider-Man for real here in this game, I'm sure he'll do the web slinger justice. Some of their other games seem nice too. The Evil Within 2 looks interesting.
Scrappy-Fan92
said at 5:15 PM on Sun Jun 18 2017
"Samus Aran made her grand return after 10 years"

It's actually been 7 years since her last playable appearance.
Scrappy-Fan92
said at 5:20 PM on Sun Jun 18 2017
@Scrappy-Fan92 Overall, one of my all-around favorite E3's in several years. Odyssey assuaged many of my concerns with the new (old) direction of 3D Mario, Kirby and Yoshi will be great in 2018, and that Metroid II remake legitimately looks to me like the most interesting Metroid game since the Game Boy Advance days. Sony brought the most footage before and during their E3 showing. Microsoft and Ubisoft did well also. And as I stated before, Battlefront II's "Duel of the Fates" remix at EA's show was epic.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:20 AM on Mon Jun 19 2017
@Scrappy-Fan92

An(Other) (M)etroid after Prime 3? What a surprising notion.
Scrappy-Fan92
said at 5:24 PM on Mon Jun 19 2017
@NCZ Search your feelings...
CelestialOuroboros
said at 5:04 AM on Sat Jun 17 2017
Umm, excuse me? Clearly Devolver Digital was the best part about E3. Check a look...
Soul-dragon
said at 3:39 PM on Fri Jun 16 2017
 1 Shout Out!
How come nintendo can always gets me to spend my money on their products?
FUNiman
said at 11:25 AM on Fri Jun 16 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Metroid being proven to be not a dead franchise alone makes this one of my fave E3s in a long, long time. I'm happy (and sad for my wallet) at how many interesting games are coming out this holiday season.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:15 AM on Fri Jun 16 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
I won't dwell too much on Nintendo since what's already been said about it pretty much mirrors my own thoughts of it (dat Odyssey) but I will say that Nintendo kept me the most invested out of the conferences.

But if I can be honest, every other game from the other conferences (save for Spider-Man, Mario + Rabbids, and even though it wasn't shown on its intended conference, Crash) just didn't appeal to me in the slightest. They all sort of bled together because they all had the same dour and bleak tone and uber realistic art style, and I'm sort of starting to get burnt out on that in the past few years.

Even some of the ones a lot of people were gushing over, like Beyond Good and Evil 2, just didn't click with me. In BGaE2's case, a part of me thought that the characters weren't too interesting and the dialog felt like they're trying too hard.

Now, come lads and lassies. Explain why I'm an idiot for thinking this XD
Abdullab
said at 5:11 AM on Fri Jun 16 2017
Sony won my current self and Nintendo won my child self but i slightly prefer sony perhaps due to the fact i have been a playstation guy since PS1
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:06 AM on Fri Jun 16 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
- Overall, Nintendo had my favourite presentation, mainly on the innovation, brilliance, and pure fun of Mario Odyssey (the opening of that trailer with the dinosaur, before revealing Mario blew my mind), the promising Xenoblade 2, and the megaton of Metroid Prime 4. Treehouse Live also continues to be a brilliant initiative. Watching the live co-op of Yoshi was really fun and cute, and seeing the producer of ARMS school the tournament players is pretty great. The main absences that stung for me were Animal Crossing, Smash Bros., Monster Hunter XX, and Dragon Quest XI. As well, the Switch has been a brilliant indie machine so far, so I was also a bit bummed that they didn't show off a lot of the really cool-looking indies on the horizon.

- Sony actually have a fantastic lineup for 2017 and beyond. I think the problem is they had already played so many cards too early, so we already knew about most of the games they'd shown off. If Spider-Man and/or God of War were announced this year, it would have seemed much more exciting, but instead it largely felt like a repeat of their conference last year. I also think it was a mistake to not put exciting games like Gran Turismo, Crash, Everybody's Golf, Ni no Kuni, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and Ace Combat 7 which were present at the event in the actual main conference, and they didn't show off any indie games on stage at all. That second one especially was a big mistake since initiatives like Limited Run Games have thrived on Playstation and revolutionized the indie scene, so I thought it would be really nice to give the scene some love on the biggest stage possible. Maybe that's more a PSX thing.

- Microsoft had a strong selection of multiplatform games, but as a non-Xbox owner there wasn't a lot of incentive for me to really be interested in the ecosystem since virtually everything they showed was playable elsewhere. Wasn't really feeling their first-party lineup except for maybe Sea of Thieves which looks charming, and Cuphead which is a major labour of love. Dragon Ball FighterZ was an announcement that came out of nowhere and melted my brain.

- Ubisoft started and ended strong with the WTF--hey this is actually pretty cool nature of Mario + Rabbids, and the WHOOOA nature of Beyond Good and Evil 2. Though some of the details that came out afterward for the latter game are iffy, the excitement when it suddenly dawned on us what we were seeing made it feel crazy in the moment. Plus I love the female protagonist. As far as stuff in the middle goes, South Park continues to look good and that's about it for me.

- Bethesda didn't need to do a conference. Evil Within and Wolfenstein were really strong but could've been part of any other conference. The rest they showed was really minor in comparison to everything else. I'm not normally into FPSes, but the Wolfenstein trailer was really, REALLY good.

- EA's conference was pretty much a bomb aside from A Way Out which actually looks pretty cool.

Overall, while Sony and MS's conferences weren't quite as earth-shattering as in the past, there are plenty of games on the horizon to look forward to, major and indie alike. Maybe in the moment it wasn't the most brain-melting thing ever, but this was a very consistently strong lineup of games and I'm pretty staggered by just how much there is I can't wait to play.
Scrappy-Fan92
said at 5:13 PM on Sun Jun 18 2017
@NCZ I wonder if Sony downplayed indie games for the sake of PSX and to counter complaints that indies were taking too much time at E3.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:30 PM on Sun Jun 18 2017
@Scrappy-Fan92

Possibly. But then they did have a whole segment for PSVR. I guess something had to give?
Luigikun
said at 11:09 PM on Thu Jun 15 2017
Nintendo truly was the winner of this year's E3 alongside Ubisoft and PC. :)