The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, ended its last day of presentations yesterday. For the first time in its 26-year history, E3 was a fully virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped major game companies from delivering (mostly) electrifying news.
From the Summer Games Fest Kickoff Live event, audiences got a first look at developer Gearbox Software Little Tina’s Wonderland, a great sounding game that looks like everything but; The trailer opens with a dreadlocked warrior blasting a machine gun at a dragon firing electricity. With the voices of Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes and Will Arnett, Little Tina’s Wonderland is a spin-off of the beloved first-person shooter series Border countries.
Thursday’s pre-E3 show also included a trailer for the highly anticipated Ancient ring, a title initially announced at E3 2019. This fantastic new game developed by FromSoftware is particularly unique as it is directed by the legendary Hidetaka Miyazaki, known for extremely difficult titles like the Souls series and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Not only does Miyazaki take the reins of directing, but Geoge RR Martin, creator of Game of thrones the universe, is responsible for the construction of the world. Needless to say, fans are thrilled that this dynamic new duo is creating something special.
Major revelations from Ubisoft, Microsoft and Bethesda
E3 proper kicked off with major Ubisoft reveal with games like Rainbow Six Extraction and Far cry 6 attract the attention of gamers on multiple consoles. The latter’s 2020 trailer provided a first look at Giancarlo Esposito’s chilling performance (he really has a knack for playing the villain) while the E3 trailers featured more characters.
More surprisingly, however, was a first look at Ubisoft’s new game. Avatar: Pandora’s Borders, based on the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster Avatar. Long-awaited sequels are planned for 2022 and 2024; the new game, which will also arrive in 2022, will be an intriguing addition to the Avatar dynasty – but will it get the same attention as the $ 2.8 billion box office hit?
It’s not just Ubisoft that has made substantial releases. Microsoft and Bethesda burst into E3 much like the horrific vampires in their upcoming game Red drop, a new shooting game developed by Arkane Studios. Up to four people can play co-op in the game’s open world. It looks violent, scary, and fun as hell – and it has received praise on social media for its diverse group of heroes.
The two companies also revealed a game that is said to be “25 years old,” according to the trailer. Starfield, slated for release in 2022, looks like a nice concoction of Star wars and Skyrim, a space RPG with vast worlds, characters and mystery. Unfortunately, if you’re a PlayStation loyalist, you won’t be able to verify this; Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media last year means most Bethesda games are moving forward (including the aforementioned games Red drop) will be Xbox and PC only.
So with titles like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Flight Simulator, replaced, and Twelve minutes, Xbox and PC gamers have a lot to look forward to. And while not Xbox exclusive, comic book and movie fans can look forward to the new guardians of the galaxy game coming to all major consoles in fall 2021.
Monday’s E3 was rather muted compared to the previous days. It included updates surrounding Resident Evil VillageThe new DLC, a 45-minute Verizon 5G commercial, and a fairly uneventful independent showcase. And while impatient indie fans already knew that developers Team Cherry wouldn’t be making any announcements on their next game. Hollow Knight: Song of Silk, it was always difficult to see the Indie Showcase come and go without any information from the Australian developers.
Nintendo confirms Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel
The show ended with a lot more excitement: Tuesday’s showcase featured news fans have been waiting for since June 2019 as Nintendo unveiled a new trailer for the sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It featured everything a player could expect from a Breath of the wild trailer – exciting new weapons and abilities, new enemies and amazingly beautiful views of Hyrule. Maybe Nintendo plans to reveal the much-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro that would do a better job running. Breath of the wild than the current switch.
Nintendo is often criticized for ignoring its most popular series (hello, Animal crossing), but with the new Terror of the metroids dissemination, and confirmation that they are making progress on Metroid Prime 4, fans of the show can finally see a silver lining. The new 2-D Metroid The game seems just as difficult and tense as those released almost 20 years earlier. Recently I thought about the Metroid 2-D games released for Game Boy Advance, like Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Mission Zero. I played them growing up, and seeing Nintendo announce a brand new one seemed fatal to me. When I think about these games, I think about what an incredible model they are for 2D games, and how I hope this new game (with an exciting new trailer) continues to lead the way for platforms to come.
Nintendo also announced the arrival of a new WarioWare, Super monkey ball, and Mario party.
E3 is still considered a vital trade show for the industry, but its support has waned over the past two years. Even Sony, one of the biggest AAA studios, is not making an appearance at E3, opting instead for its own game showcase, State of Play.
Even so, this year’s show came with a torrent of information, some major, some not. Xbox and PlayStation both have notable exclusives coming within a year or so, and Nintendo has piled up new details regarding some of its beloved series. Despite the drop in attendance, fans will be eagerly awaiting the next round of development announcements, eager to see more content from their favorite creators.
Keller Gordon is a columnist for Join the game. Find him on Twitter: @kelbot_