E3 is hands down, the biggest event in the gamer’s calendar, the prestigious event where publishers, platform makers, press and now fans, gather in Los Angeles to showcase the latest games coming to consoles and PCs.
Like every year, 2017’s E3 had a diverse slate of announcements and updates that are sure to get the gamers salivating. With gaming becoming an increasingly prominent sector of the licensing space, we’ve taken the time to round up the biggest takeaways you need to know following this year’s event.
First up, we’ll touch on Microsoft‘s press briefing. The computing powerhouse revealed all the details on the next iteration of the Xbox console, named the Xbox One X. This updated version of the already available Xbox One, comes with greatly enhanced processing power and more up-to-date hardware allowing it to produce true 4K visuals – if you have a television capable of doing so. When released on November 7th, the One X will be the most powerful console on the market, edging out the PS4 Pro which currently holds the title. It will also be the most expensive, retailing for £449 ($499). For comparison, the PS4 Pro is currently available bundled with two games for £350, while the baseline Xbox One S is generally around £200.
Later, Ubisoft revealed a collaboration with Nintendo, joining the worlds of Mario and Rabbids for a new turn-based battle game. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle marks a rare occasion in which Nintendo has allowed another developer to use its stable of characters.
“Over the years, we’ve forged a great relationship with Ubisoft, and ‘Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’ represents the next step in that strong collaboration,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer, Nintendo of America. “The teaming of our intellectual properties is symbolic of this partnership, and we can’t wait for players to get their hands on the game.”
The game will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on August 29th.
Also on the way from Ubisoft is a new entry to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, in the form of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. The game takes the story back to its roots, allowing players to explore ancient Egypt. The publisher is also making inroads into the toys-to-life space with new sci-fi game Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Wrapping up, the firm revealed new footage of Far Cry 5, new pirate-themed game Skull & Bones and highly anticipated cult sequel Beyond Good and Evil 2.
Sony played it fairly safe, showing footage of and dating several of their high-profile exclusive games, including God of War and Detroit: Become Human, both of which are on the way in 2018. Sony took the chance to show some more content for their VR hardware, as well as highlighting expansions to successful games including Uncharted and Horizon: Zero Dawn. The firm caught fans off-guard with a remake of cult-classic Shadow of the Colossus, while the absence of coveted titles like The Last of Us Part 2 and Final Fantasy VII disappointed. The company finished off their press briefing with an extended demo for their exclusive Spider-Man game, which will also launch in 2018.
Finally, Nintendo closed the show with some surprising announcements including a fourth entry to the long-dormant Metroid Prime series and a follow-up to hit JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles. The firm also showed off Super Mario Odyssey, which will hit Switches on October 27th.
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