E3 kicked of on Monday with major keynote announcement from Sony, Microsoft and a plethora of smaller announcements from people like EA. There have been hundreds of articles and huge amounts of information generated but when you boil it all down what that is important actually happened in the last 48 hours?
Microsoft kicked everything off by emphasising games, games and more games. Last years focus on media and the Kinect was completely absent and they covered the new instalments of many franchises. This included a new Call of Duty, Foraza Horion 2, Assassins Creed Unity multiplayer, Fable Legends and a new Tomb Raider. Halo is to be re-released on the Xbox One in November with all the old games becoming available. The next Halo is to launch in 2015 with the beta in December this year.
Sony followed this up a few hours later with a more varied set of announcements. They announced a range of games with some of the most notable being Destiny which will be available on the PS4 in beta first, LittleBigPlanet 3, Far Cry 4, Diablo 3, Metal Gear Solid V, and Batman Arkham Knight. They also showed off a openworld game that might better be called an open universe game called No Man’s Sky which looked intriguing. They also gave a first look at Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End which looked as impressive as you would expect.
Sony also announced that the PlayStation TV which has been Japan only is to be available in North America and Europe from the Autumn for around $100. The box lets you stream from a Vita or PS4 and will allow PS3 games to be streamed directly to it, initially in the US and Canada.
In other announcements we heard that Grand Theft Auto V will come to the PS4, Xbox One and the PC in the Autumn and were teased with snippets of the new Mass Effect and Mirrors Edge games. The Sims 4 also announced and will be available in September.
As usual all the announcements and videos were big on style but not so big on substance. We’ll have to wait and see how and when everything becomes available and get more accessibility information but it does give us a good idea what the big names of 2014 and 2015 will be.