How a altering panorama may have an effect on this 12 months’s present.
The most important names in gaming are gathering in LA, the rumor mill is churning, and E3 2019 is almost upon us.
Headed into its 25th 12 months, E3 stays essentially the most anticipated occasion in all of gaming. Tens of 1000’s will head to LA, whereas thousands and thousands extra tune in on-line, for a days-long barrage of recent sport bulletins from AAA studios and indie devs alike.
E3 2019 ought to be particularly fascinating, as we discover ourselves on the cusp of a brand new console era, however with out an excessive amount of information about what it can seem like. And there have been some massive adjustments to the convention lineup — EA has opted to not maintain a press convention, whereas Sony is skipping E3 solely for the primary time in present historical past. Microsoft, in the meantime, is making ready its shift from Xbox One to its subsequent console, reportedly launching in 2020, and Google may doubtlessly have a presence with its deliberate “summer time” convention because it goals to introduce its accessible sport streaming with Stadia.
So what’s all of it imply for this 12 months’s presenters? We’ll be taking and an in-depth take a look at all the convention holders all through the following week, however this is a fast overview of the place issues at the moment stand.
With Sony sidelined in 2019, Microsoft steps into the highlight as E3’s predominant attraction. The corporate responded to information of Sony’s absence by stating it plans to “be as massive at E3” as ever earlier than, which we now know will embody 14 first-party video games. Throw in a reveal — or perhaps a tease — of its next-gen hardware and Undertaking xCloud streaming service, and Group Xbox may simply fly out of Los Angeles because the speak of the present.
Even when Microsoft retains its next-gen playing cards near its chest, the prospect of unique sport bulletins from any of its seven new studios creates the potential for a memorable press convention. And will all else fail, Microsoft will nonetheless be capable of fall again on its surefire crowd pleasers, Halo Infinite and Gears 5, in addition to the inevitable bevy of third-party reveals.
Nintendo quietly comes into E3 with a stellar potential 2019 lineup. Pokemon Sword and Defend prepared the ground, adopted by Animal Crossing for Nintendo Change; Luigi’s Mansion three; the Hyperlink’s Awakening remake; Tremendous Mario Maker 2; PlatinumGames’ Astral Chain; and City, the RPG from Pokemon developer Recreation Freak.
Ought to Nintendo dive deeper into its 2019 lineup, whereas sprinkling in a number of shock bulletins, its E3 2019 Direct may go down as certainly one of its most fun but.
With three unannounced AAA video games coming earlier than March 2020, Ubisoft has doubtlessly set the stage for a trio of massive E3 reveals.
After a Ubisoft sport director jokingly (and cruelly) teased a brand new installment on Twitter, followers are extra hopeful than ever for a type of reveals to be a brand new Splinter Cell. Ubi is thought to shut out its press conferences with an enormous reveal, so maybe E3 2019 will lastly deliver us the return of Sam Fisher, along with inevitable updates about perennial franchises like The Division and Simply Dance.
Nonetheless, that end-of-show reveal might have been spoiled forward of time, as rumors and purported leaks point out Ubisoft will introduced Curler Champions, a completely new IP, throughout this 12 months’s press convention.
Bethesda finds itself up in opposition to the ropes coming into E3 2019, following final 12 months’s string of Fallout-related controversies.
Whereas Fallout 76 might have been answerable for its 2018 woes, Bethesda may have a chance to reintroduce its on-line RPG to the world by highlighting key enhancements and touting its future roadmap.
However even when 76 is as soon as once more poorly obtained, Bethesda has plenty of inner studios to fall again on. Between Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Doom Everlasting, and potential new initiatives from Dishonored developer Arkane Studios and The Evil Inside developer Tango Gameworks, Bethesda ought to deliver sufficient to the desk for a various, single-player-driven present.
And whereas a quick tease of Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI may deliver some power to the present, Bethesda’s Todd Howard already confirmed neither RPG may have a presence at E3 2019.
Coming off final 12 months’s disappointing presentation, Sq. Enix rides into the present as E3 2019’s darkish horse.
Sq. has saved Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers undertaking tightly underneath wraps because it was introduced in early 2017. Now, following the large success of Endgame, Avengers hype is at an all-time excessive, and Sq. is lastly able to play the superhero-sized card up its sleeve.
In fact, there’s additionally Closing Fantasy VII Remake, which is sort of sure to seem throughout Sq.’s present, following its re-surfacing in Sony’s current State of Play livestream and extra promised information coming in June.
Ought to Sq. choose to indicate each Avengers and Closing Fantasy VII, the writer couldn’t solely shift the notion of its personal present, however deliver an elevated stage of enthusiasm to everything of E3 2019.
With two key absences from the present this 12 months (EA is foregoing a convention this 12 months, and Sony has infamously pulled out of E3 2019 solely), plus the next-generation looming on the horizon, it’s arduous to know precisely what to anticipate from this 12 months’s expo. That mentioned, there are many doubtlessly thrilling bulletins to return, from rumored releases to potential returning favorites. We’ll know shortly whether or not E3 2019 stands by itself, or if historical past will bear in mind it because the calm earlier than the storm that may inevitably be E3 2020.
Jordan is a contract author for IGN. Join with him on Twitter @jdsirani.