This years E3 was a doozy. We got several unicorn announcements (Elder Scrolls VI, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Halo Infinite, etc.) but we also had a couple fairly boring conferences in EA and Square Enix. So let’s talk about the biggest announcements and takeaways from this years show.
1. Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally a real thing
We have finally played Kingdom Hearts 3. It’s real, I have seen it with my own eyes and it did not disappoint. As far as news goes though, we got confirmation of a few new inclusions. First off, we are getting a Frozen world and it looks like we will be following the plot of the movie. We also got confirmation of our third link, Simba. We got a quick glimpse of Remy from Ratatouille but it was kind of unclear whether he was part of some kind of mini-game or if he was a proper link character. Finally, during the Sony conference we got a taste of the Pirates of the Caribbean world and by the looks of the environment we will be following the plot of At Worlds End, the third Pirates movie. We also got a few interesting tidbits of Kingdom Hearts specific lore, but so won’t get into that now.
2. Bethesda had a conference of dreams
I know that some people are dissatisfied with the news from Bethesda’s conference, but I really don’t understand how. They brought the big guns. We got Fallout 76, Wolfenstein Youngbloods, Doom Eternal, Rage 2, we got the first true new IP from Bethesda in years with Starfield and of course we finally got confirmation of The Elder Scrolls VI. While those last two are most likely many years away, all the others will probably be in our hands by the end of next year. Still some are very disappointed. Those people just don’t like Bethesda games.
3. Arrogant Sony might be back
Sony has been coming up Milhouse left and right since the announcement of the Playstation 4, but they have made several odd decisions lately that have helped set up Microsoft to take the top spot back when the next generation consoles roll out. In particular this whole cross-play debacle with Fortnite has really rubbed their core players the wrong way. A lot of us were also turned off by the incredibly strange way they handled their press conference. The content was great, but the awkward commercial break directly following The Last of Us Pt. 2 completely broke the flow of the show.
4. Microsoft won E3
Microsoft opened with Halo Infinite. They had the big 3rd party announcements, not Sony. (Devil May Cry 5) They closed with Gears 5 and Cyberpunk 2077. The biggest news here though is the growth of their development team. It isn’t the quantity, it’s the quality of the studios they added. Let’s start with The Initiative, the only wholly new studio coming out of the announcement. Based in Santa Monica and headed up by former Crystal Dynamics studio head, Darrell Gallagher, I am personally very excited about what this team might add to Microsoft’s catalog. Then there is Undead Labs the creators of State of Decay. This one just makes sense, they need a team to specialize in open-world action games and I believe Undead Labs has better years ahead of them. Playground Games is almost a formality at this point. They have been making Microsoft exclusives for years in the Forza Horizon franchise and it is a smart move to lock this talented team down. Now we have the surprises, Compulsion Games, the makers of We Happy Few, and Ninja Theory. Of all their acquisitions I am most excited about Ninja Theory. Hellblade was on the short list for Game of the Year last year and I can’t wait to see what this team can do with Microsoft’s resources.
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Are you kidding me? We get it all. Every single character in the history of the franchise Yup. Gamecube controller support? Yup. Over 80 new and remastered stages? Yup. And we finally get Ridley, he is not too big after all. I actually got to play 4 matches at E3 this past week and December 7th cannot come soon enough
So those are my five biggest takeaways from E3 2018. What were yours? Leave a comment below or follow @terrible_not and tell me your favorite and least favorite E3 moments and for more news and opinions stay tuned to notalwaysterrible.com