E3 Day 1 Wrap Up

Day 1 of the Electronic Entertainment Expo is in the books and we are here give you all the big news you may have missed. Microsoft, Sony, EA, and Ubisoft all announced a slew of upcoming games and new content.

 

Microsoft

Fans of the Xbox One have been waiting a long time for this moment, the moment where they get to see all new ideas and games developed truly for the Xbox One. Microsoft did not disappoint with their opening press conference. Some of the most exciting exclusive titles announced or shown off were Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Master Chief Collection, and Sunset Overdrive.

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Halo 5: Guardians is the next installment in the beloved Halo franchise. We were shown a small clip that hinted at interesting new gameplay elements that will be included in the upcoming December Multiplayer Beta, but not much information was given other than that and a previously announced 2015 release date.

Halo; Master Chief Collection looks to be a huge moneymaker for Microsoft. Halo: MCC includes Halo 1-4 and all of the multiplayer maps ever released for each game. Halo: MCC will include over 100 multiplayer maps, the original engines and multiplayer for each game, each individual single player campaign, and Halo: Nightfall, a digital series that will be coming to Xbox in the future. Sunset Overdrive is an open world shooter with comic book style.

Sunset Overdrive takes place in Sunset City, where humans have turned into monsters because of a virus that spread through a popular energy drink. The gameplay appears to be quite fast paced and includes a variety of unique weapons. Halo 5: Guardians does not have an official release date as of yet, while Sunset Overdrive will be released on October 28th with Halo: Master Chief Collection coming shortly after on November 11th.

Sunset Overdrive is visually stunning and fast paced.

Sunset Overdrive is visually stunning and fast paced.

A few other big titles that were highlighted include Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassins Creed Unity, Fable Legends, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To see all of the games highlighted in the Microsoft press conference, go to the official Xbox E3 Playlist or watch the entire 2 hour press conference here.

 

Sony

While Microsoft did announce some much anticipated titles, as well as some surprises, Sony’s press conference was not short on excitement and exclusives. Much like fans of the Xbox One, Playstation 4 fans have been waiting for titles that truly showed off the power and innovation of the next generation gaming systems.

Sony announced and showed off several franchises, new and old. The most recognizable and anticipated of these titles include The Order 1886, Little Big Planet 3, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and a Playstation 4 remastered version of the mega hit The Last of Us.

The Order 1886, which was announced at last year’s E3, is a paranormal third person shooter that takes place in alternate historical version London in the 1800’s. The Order 1886 will include many technologically advanced weapons in order to combat your paranormal foes.

Little Big Planet 3 is the 3rd installment in the Little Big Planet franchise. LBP3 will include the classic gameplay and creation aspect as well as a few new characters and new gameplay elements. Little Big Planet 3 will be released in November.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is fourth installment in the popular series that includes likable treasure hunter, Nathan Drake. Not much is known about Uncharted 4 at this time, because not much information has been released other than a 2015 release date. What we do know is that Drake is older, more weathered, and re-entering the world of thieves. Regardless of the little amount of information on Uncharted 4, one can assume that it will be a must own come the end of 2015.

 

The remastered version of The Last of Us is sure to make fans of the PS3 hit happy, as well as those who had the misfortune of not owning a PS4 and not a PS3. The Last of Us Remastered will hit  stores for the PS4 on July 29th.

A few other notable games and content that were presented during the Sony press conference include InFamous: First Light (DLC), Destiny, Battlefield Hardline, and a PS4 release of Grand Theft Auto V. Check out the game trailers on the Playstation Youtube channel.

 

Electronic Arts

Although EA does not have game consoles specific to their company, they did not disappoint in their presentations. EA showcased several new installments in previous franchises as well as a few new franchises. A couple of these titles include the aforementioned Battlefield Hardline, as well as Star Wars Battlefront, and Madden NFL 15. Assassins Creed Unity, as well as Tom Clancy’s The Division.

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Star Wars Battlefront is a modern adaptation/re-imagined version of the Star Wars Battlefront games for the Xbox and Playstation 2. Star Wars Battlefront will involve massive battles with iconic vehicles, weapons, and environments. EA has not shown any gameplay for the game, nor have they given a release date. Regardless of the small amount of information currently available about the game, it seems to be a very promising project.

Madden NFL 15 is the yearly update to the over two decade old football game franchise. This years Madden, like those before it, will include a graphical and roster upgrade. The new features in this years version of the game will focus on improving the defensive gameplay by adding new camera angles for defensive players as well as more accurate methods of tackling. Madden NFL 15 will be released on August 26th.

Battlefield Hardline is a new take on the former Military based first person shooter. The new Battlefield is a fresh take on cops and robbers type of gameplay, where the player can be the police or the thieves. As shown in the press conference gameplay, the robbers are attempting to steal and secure the loot, while the police use whatever force necessary to stop them. Both sides have a variety of methods and vehicles at their disposal to stop the other side from escaping or capturing them. The Battlefield Hardline Beta is out right now on Playstation Network, while the full game will be released October 21st.

In addition to the aforementioned games, EA also showed trailers or footage for notable games such as Mirror’s Edge 2, NHL 15, and the Sims 4.

 

Ubisoft

Last, but not least, Ubisoft announced several new additions to its established franchises, as well as the upcoming (yet previously announced) Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Assassins Creed Unity, the seventh console based installment in the Assassins Creed franchise, will take place during the French Revolution. A new gameplay feature that is absent in previous versions of AC games is 4 player co-op. Players will now be able to join friends while completing objectives and assassinating targets, instead of each other. AC Unity will be released on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Tom’s Clancy’s The Division takes place in a future version of New York City that is seemingly in anarchy. A virus has been released on black friday killing large amounts of people and driving the rest into hiding. You play as a cooperative special operations unit that goes around the city trying to restore order and reclaim areas of the city. The game involves innovative gameplay and futuristic technologies that can be used to take out enemies and traverse the city. The Division will be released in 2015.

In addition to these two games, Ubisoft also showed trailers or footage for notable games Far Cry 4, The Crew, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. You can catch the Ubisoft trailers and gameplay here.

 

Conclusion

We hope our wrap up of E3 day 1 helps to point out some things you may have missed or didn’t pay attention to the first time! Check back tomorrow for E3 day 2 wrap up.

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