E3 2016 – Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo highlights

Gare – Wednesday, June 15, 2016 2:17 PM
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Following EA and Bethesda’s conferences, it was time for the big three – Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo – to show off exactly what they’ve been working on over the past year or wo.

Dead Rising 4

We were given a look at the previously leaked Dead Rising 4, with original protagonist Frank West once again in the lead – the game will be arriving during “Holiday 2016” for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Final Fantasy XV

Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, also walked onto the stage briefly as a reminder that indeed, the latest main entry in the Final Fantasy franchise is coming to Xbox One as well (but not Windows 10, before you ask), in case you had forgotten. This time, we got a live demonstration of a massive boss fight from the game.

Gwent

We have also witnessed what could very well be considered thoroughly and utterly inevitable: Gwent, the popular card game from The Witcher 3, is getting its own, separate game adaptation. We knew it would happen, you knew it would happen, and here it is. The game is scheduled to launch this September (closed beta signups are already open) and will feature additional rules compared to the original.

Scalebound

Scalebound, Platinum Games’ new action game from last year’s E3 is back with a new trailer including dragons, giant enemy crabs and more. We’ve also learned that the game is no longer an Xbox One exclusive, and will be arriving to Windows 10 as well. This wasn’t the only returning game from previous shows, however: we got new trailers for Recore, We Happy Few, and even Tacoma, the brand new project from the creators of Gone Home.

Project Scorpio

Oh, and there’s a stronger Xbox on the way, because of course. It’s named Project Scorpio for now, boasts 6 teraflops of GPU power with no compromises – this beast of a machine was advertised as a console made for 4K and VR gaming with a planned launch window of late 2017.

God of War

To say Sony didn’t mess around with its games and announcements would be an understatement. Right off the bat, we got a good look at the reimagined God of War reboot… sort of thing, with a somewhat different camera angle, father and son relations, but the same old brutality and flashy action we’d come to expect.

Horizon Zero Dawn

We saw similarly impressive gameplay snippets from the Killzone team’s new action RPG project, Horizon Zero Dawn. And let’s not even forget the long-awaited announcement of The Last Guardian’s release date: the much-anticipated title from the creators of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus will hit store shelves come October 25. Yes, this year.

Resident Evil 7

The expected announcement of Resident Evil 7 also happened: and not only did it happen, there’s already a demo (a teaser, if you will) available on PlayStation Plus. The game appears to have taken into account the fan outcry regarding the previous installment, and will instead take the franchise back to its survival horror roots, though not exactly in the traditional way: the demo, at the very least, looks more like P.T. than a classic RE title. Not that we’re complaining. Resident Evil 7 is scheduled to launch on January 24, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Detroit: Become Human

And of course there was more Final Fantasy XV: aside from some new trailers, we’ve also been introduced to the title’s VR capabilities in the form of first-person shooting. The release date, by the way, is still September 30. Last year’s Detroit: Become Human resurfaced with more footage, showcasing the severe influences of the player’s choices on its storyline, with decisions leading to drastically different outcomes. The game – with its futuristic story focusing on androids – comes to us from Quantic Dream and David Cage, the creative minds behind Heavy Rain, among others.

Death Stranding

And while we’re on the topic of creative minds, Hideo Kojima was also present at the conference, stepping onto the stage to be met by a torrent of applause and cheering. The legendary game designer then proceeded to reveal his new game – titled Death Stranding – through a fascinatingly bizarre trailer. Oh, and yes, this game is also set to star The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, much like the cancelled P.T would have.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

With Nintendo, we all expected to see more of the upcoming new Zelda title, and that’s pretty much what we got, alongside an official title reveal – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is how we’ll be referring to this one in years to come. The game appears to break away from Zelda traditions not only by introducing a huge, seamless open world, but by including survival elements as well – you’ll be able to chop down trees, craft items and, if that is your heart’s desire, set everything on fire like a madman. The game is set to launch on both Wii U and NX sometime next year.

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