E3 2017 Highlights

Reported by NCZ on Thursday, June 15th 2017
E3 2017 Highlights

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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