With E3 2019 taking place this week, there’s a mountain of gaming news to delve in to. I’ve selected a few of the absolute highlights, but we were really spoiled for choice this week. If you’re hungry for more, I suggest taking a look at the Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Bethesda AND EA Play conference announcements!
Now, let’s take a look at the biggest announcements from E3 2019:
Cyberpunk 2077 is breathtaking
CD Projekt Red really wowed me with a one-hour gameplay demonstration last year, a feat which was going to be tough to one-up—yet somehow, the studio did it. I’m not the only one who was impressed: our fellow SwitchedON Gamer’s Brad gave a special shoutout to it in our E3 Day 3 wrap-up.
Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference gave us a gorgeous new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 as we watched the main protagonist, V, find himself jumping out of the proverbial frying pan and into the fryer. As the trailer progressed, we saw quick looks at the gorgeous cyberpunks environments that will be waiting for us when the game releases on April 16th, 2020, for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
As the trailer came to a close, a familiar-looking character named Johnny Silverhand spoke to players. It’s Keanu Reeves! The man himself took to the stage, where a polite heckle of “You’re breathtaking!” gave us one of E3’s most wholesome moments. Now that’s how you do a celebrity cameo!
Halo Infinite is a Project Scarlett launch title
The Microsoft E3 Press Conference waited until the closing moments for its big mic-drop moment: Halo Infinite will be a launch title for the next generation Xbox console, Project Scarlett, when it launches in the holiday window of 2020. It will also release on Xbox One and PC.
Microsoft made the exciting announcement via the first full trailer for Halo Infinite, which shows the UNSC forces in a sad state of disarray. The Chief makes a grand return after being discovered by a Pelican pilot and, once revived, he knows what he has to do: keep fighting.
Banjo-Kazooie is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Fans have been asking for beloved Rare icon Banjo-Kazooie to make an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for years, and Nintendo finally found a way to make it happen: Banjo and Kazooie are joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster! It’s been a long time coming.
The bear-and-bird duo will join the fight in late 2019 and will cost about $8.00 as a Challenger Pack. Of course, if you intend on picking up every roster addition, you should get a Fighter’s Pass for $31.45. This grants you immediate access to each new challenger upon its release.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been saying it would be “cool” to see this collaboration happen for years now, so it’s great to see Microsoft remain open to so many collaborative efforts—one of which also includes a strategic partnership with Sony.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally coming
One day before the Square Enix E3 2019 press conference, a Final Fantasy orchestra ended with a surprise reveal of its own: the first episode of the Final Fantasy VII Remake will arrive on March 3rd, 2020. The recreation of the iconic 22-year-old RPG has been a long time in the works, having originally been revealed back in 2015.
It’s not clear how many episodes will eventually be released to cover the full span of Final Fantasy VII, but I’m sure many of us are just happy to have a release date set in stone for the first episode. It’ll cover the Midgar portion of the game, which takes place in the very beginning. With absolutely stunning visuals, this is going to be an exciting journey to take part in once more. At least, until we get to the sad parts.
Gears 5 is revving up to be huge
The Coalition gave fans a big look into a new Gears 5 multiplayer mode during E3 2019, with players needing to run-and-gun their way through enemies as they escape from an expanding fatal-poison cloud.
Beyond that, Rod Fergusson announced that Gears 5 will release on September 10th, 2019, with the studio set to make many more reveals before that. For starters, the game’s campaign is still a mystery, horde mode will make a return, and new multiplayer modes will also come in to play.
There’s plenty we know and even more that we don’t. Still, my impression from E3 2019 is that Gears 5 is shaping up to be gigantic.
Watch Dogs: Legion is ambitious
There were plenty of leaks ahead of E3 2019, so we already had an early scoop on Watch Dogs: Legion as a result. Still, the game managed to wow me at the Ubisoft E3 2019 press conference. Set in London, the game examines what a tech-dystopian post-Brexit environment would do to the overseas political landscape.
What makes the third Watch Dogs title stand out is an ambitious gameplay concept that lets payers recruit any NPC in the game. Whether they’re an old lady (looking at you, Helen) or a gruff blue-collar worker, players can add seemingly anyone to the DeadSec roster—though this task will be made harder if you’ve harmed the NPC or their families.
Each NPC has their own unique stats and special abilities, but be warned: Watch Dogs: Legion also has permadeath. This means that when someone dies, they’re gone for good. As if XCOM hasn’t scarred me enough!
Watch Dogs Legion will release on March 6th, 2020 for Google Stadia, PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Breath of the Wild is getting a sequel
The Nintendo E3 2019 Direct had a lot of exciting moments, but one of the absolute highlights was an exciting and surprisingly dark-looking trailer for a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The sequel is still in its early stages, with Nintendo only daring to say that a sequel was in development without confirming what the game’s name will actually be.
Given the dark tones of the trailer, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma had to go out and straight up say that the upcoming game isn’t explicitly related to Majora’s Mask or inspired by it and that the studio was simply showing gamers something a little darker this time around.
What’s up next week?
The best thing about E3 is that there’s so much information coming out about all the games we know (and those we don’t) that there’s always something to read in the weeks ahead. It’s a good time to be a gamer.