E3 has now drawn to a close and has had some interesting if not ground breaking stories, but what did are the highlights of the last week? What is the most significant news that that has been announced? Unsurprisingly the focus has been on up and coming games with many many franchises announcing and showing their off trailers from their latest episodes.
In no particular order
Halo makers Bungee first solo offering Destiny came one step closer to reality and will be available in September for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. An alpha has already launched on the PS4 and a beta will run in July for those who pre-order on the PS4.
The Halo universe itself disappointed slightly with a new Halo game (Halo 5:Guardians) put off until 2015 but a remastered version of all the four major Halo games will is to be available on the Xbox One in November. This will be called Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Halo TV show promised at last year’s E3 was not mentioned
Nintendo had a surprisingly good E3 showing off a new Super Smash Bros, a Mario level builder, a new Bayonetta, and lots of gameplay for the new version of Legend of Zelda. It may not be enough to save the Wii U but for the first time in a while it did make me tempted, particularly by Zelda.
We also got to see glimpses of many familiar universes. Mass Effect, Far Cry, Uncharted, Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X and a multiplayer Assasins Creed but most are to launch next year or even the year after. Far Cry 4 previewed an interesting titbit – the ability to play multiplayer with friends who do not own the game themselves via streaming on the PS4.
The surprise interest of the show was probably the indie game No Man’s Sky from Hello Games. There was little actual gameplay shown but the scope of the openworld shown was extremely impressive and a happy surprise. The game will be PS4 at launch with Xbox and PC versions to follow.