During this year’s E3 – Electronic Entertainment Expo – a whole bunch of new games were announced. Here is a rundown of those that I found the most exciting.
Death Stranding – Kojima Productions
The biggest revelation of E3, in the perspective of Hideo Kojima fans, at least, is this new title announced by Hideo Kojima, himself, being produced through his new studio Kojima Productions in partnership with Sony. Hideo’s departure from Konami gave rise to a host of rumours into the reason for his departure but here, it seems, we have some better news.
Details on the game are scarce. The teaser trailer plays things very close to the chest; a beech, a naked man and the revelation that the actor Norman Reedus (Waking Dead) will head the game’s cast. However, it does ends with a very Kojima style flare, with the five figures floating in the sky. I, for one, will be watching this development with great interest.
Spiderman – PS4 – Insomniac Games
This announcement reveals a teaming up of Marvel and Insomniac Games to create a new Spiderman game for PS4. Again very little has been revealed, even the title is a working title. However, it has been revealed that this game will feature a more mature and experienced Peter Parker, unlike previous games and movies. In my opinion, the Spiderman games have always been among the best in terms of media crossovers, and have been translated well to a gaming format. I look forward to experiencing Insomniac’s contribution to Marvel’s franchise.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom
Capcom also got into the E3 action, announcing their new Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. This game is set to be a return to form for the franchise, which diehard fans have accused of turning more third person shooter than survival horror, in recent games. This new game is set to return the horror to the franchise with a shift to first person, reportedly to increase immersion, but which I suspect might also be partly to with its integration of the Playstation VR option. The gameplay has reportedly been overhauled to feature more exploration and atmosphere seating it, more firmly, back to the genre of survival horror.
Resident Evil 7 is set after the events of the sixth instalment. A teaser trailer is available for all those with Playstation Plus which sets out the events leading up to the main game and will be available at a later date to those on other platforms. The game has been announced for release for PS4, Playstation VR, XboxOne and Windows PC . I have many fond memories of the early Resident Evil games and look forward to giving this one a try.
Gwent – The Witcher 3 Card Game – CD Projekt Red
Yes, it’s official! Gwent, the card game from The Witcher 3, is getting its own game. Now, I might be a little partial to the odd game of Gwent in TW3, some people might even call me addicted – in fact… the game did too with the “I have a Gwent problem” achievement. So imagine my excitement at this announcement?
The game will feature both online competitive play and a single player campaign in an event rich world which the player can freely roam. The campaign will be released in episodes with both story and The Witcher’s well-known choices and consequence mechanic. I can’t wait. In fact, I’ve signed up for the Beta. If I get in, I’ll give you all the juicy gossip as I experience it.
God of War – Reboot – Sony Santa Monica
I’ll admit that this isn’t a series that I’ve played as yet, but news of this reboot title has grabbed my attention. While the first six games were set in Greece and centred on Greek mythology, this game has departed for a more Nordic setting and influence. It has also been announced that in this game the developer is aiming give Kratos a human side, and add depth to his character beyond his characteristic rage. Their way of doing this is through Kratos’ son, who accompanies his father through the game and who the player will be able to passively control.
The static first person camera is now also gone, replaced with an intimate third person camera about the shoulders which can be controlled by the player and more RPG elements such as crafting and exploration. All in all, this sounds like quite a radical reinvention for such a long established franchise and I look forward to experiencing it.
Fe – EA – Zoink Games
Following on from the success of Unravel, EA have now taken another indie developer under their wing, Zoink Games and their development project Fe, as part of their EA Originals brand. Fe has a cute, cartoony look and follows the adventures of a young cub, who wakes alone in a forest. The game focuses on exploration of the forest and its ecosystem and looks to have a very strong visual style and atmosphere.
I’ll admit that my excitement for Unravel, which EA announced at E3 last year, sadly unravelled when I played the game. Not that it was a bad game. It just felt quite restrictive in terms of gameplay and became repetitive quickly, and wasn’t quite all I’d hoped, but perhaps I just set the bar too high. Either way, I’m excited by this new project and will follow it with interest.
Steep – Ubisoft Annecy
Ubisoft announced a very intriguing project, Steep, an action sports game which pits players against the wild mountain peaks of the French Alps, allowing the players to explore an open world environment by skiing, wingsuiting, snowboarding and paragliding, and pull off crazy stunts to share with their friends. It sounds both an exciting and exhilarating project and is created by a development team who work with the sight of the Alps out of their windows, so who could possibly be more qualified to make this game?
The game is scheduled for release in December 2016 for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Windows PC. I’ve registered for the upcoming Beta and if I get a slot I’ll be sure to tell you all about it.
Quake Champions – id Software – Bethesda
It’s been a long wait for Quake fans for another release with the last released in 2007 but this E3 saw their dreams confirmed as a new game in the Quake franchise was announced, Quake Champions. This game is being developed by id Software, who originally founded the franchise. As well staying true to the original, the team have also added a new feature, champions, to the franchise – warriors each with unique attributes and abilities which it’s said will allow players to compete in their own distinctive style.
The game will be launched only on PC but later console versions have not been ruled out. Whether you’re a Quake fan or not this certainly seems to be a project worth following.