8 Biggest Takeaways from E3 2019Jun 15, 2019 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate E3 2019 is over, and we’ve been treated to a lot of announcements and games to look forward to in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the best and biggest announcements.
Whenever it’s E3, the gaming world stops and anticipates what publishers and developers have to announce. This year is no different: we’ve been treated to a lot of good shows and conferences. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Square Enix made huge waves while others managed to make a lot of ripples.
With that said, let’s take a good look at some of the key moments and announcements.
Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077
Perhaps the biggest thing to come out of Microsoft’s conference (apart from the confirmation of Project Scarlett, their next-gen console) is Keanu Reeves making a surprise appearance. Viewers were treated to a short story trailer and cutscene of CD Projekt Red’s new game with Keanu appearing right at the end. Apparently, he’s a vital NPC with the 2nd most lines and amount of screentime. In any case, we can’t wait to explore the game’s futuristic world with him when it releases on April 16, 2020.
Dragon Quest and Banjo Kazooie in Smash
Nintendo announced not one, but two characters to be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster. These are Banjo Kazooie, the protagonist of a classic N64 game and Dragon Quest’s hero, joining Joker from Persona 5. Again, this solidifies Smash as one of the most ambitious crossovers in the gaming world.
Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 in development and Animal Crossing
Nintendo finally delivered news about the much-anticipated Switch installment of Animal Crossing. They showed a bit of gameplay and story, with your character going to an island to start a new life.
Apart from Animal Crossing, Nintendo also showed a glimpse of and announced the sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Though details are sparse, it showed both Link and Zelda (with shorter hair), exploring an underground cavern. There, they encounter a possible reincarnation of Ganon. It will use the same Hyrule as BOTW and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Fire Emblem, Pokemon, and The Witcher III on the Switch
Nintendo also showed a 30-minute playthrough of Fire Emblem: Three Houses showcasing a couple of battles and interactions between characters. Pokemon: Sword and Shield were also shown, boasting the Dynamax mechanic and the introduction of Nessa, a water gym leader. Finally, one of the highlights is the announcement of The Witcher III on the Switch which is said to fit - with expansions and all - in a single cartridge.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Release Date (and Tifa reveal!)
Square Enix’s conference was one of the most anticipated ones on E3. They announced a multitude of remakes and remasters with Panzer Dragoon and Final Fantasy VIII being part of the roster.
The most anticipated one is Final Fantasy VII Remake, and it took center stage. Apart from a release date - March 3, 2020 - more tidbits of the story and gameplay were shown. Tifa was finally shown and man, almost everyone was cheering and swooning when she showed up, even more so when she started letting her fists loose. Granted, we can’t wait to finally get to use her in action when we finally get to explore Midgar.
Watch Dogs: Legion’s “no main protagonist” gimmick
Watch Dogs: Legion is shaping up to be one of the more ambitious games this generation with a quirky multiple protagonists and permadeath mechanic. Set in a dystopian and futuristic London, the gameplay showed a controllable character dying in action and the player switching to a new character - a grandmother, to specific. The idea is to recruit people you encounter, with each having his or her own set of skills and capabilities.
Tales of Arise and Trails of Cold Steel
FFVII Remake wasn’t the only JRPG to make an impact. Tales of Arise, a new installment to the popular Tales series, features an all-new story featuring two characters from two neighboring planets engulfed in the fires of war. It’ll still feature a fantasy theme and looks to have a more realistic art style, far from the environmental design of past games.
Trails of Cold Steel III’s English release date has been revealed to be September 24 this year, which is earlier than expected. It’s a sequel to the two earlier Cold Steel games, and it’s finally going to make its way to its non-Japanese speaking fans. In any case, we can’t wait to be in the shoes of Rean Schwarzer again and this time, be the teacher, not the student.
Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers
Square Enix’s Avengers looked a little underwhelming, but nevertheless, it’s still an Avengers game. That being said, it’s an action co-op game with you taking the role of characters like Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor. All DLCs are said to be free and you can switch between different characters and play with your friends.
Other announcements include Halo: Infinite, which will be a launch title for Xbox’s next-gen console. Elden Ring (by FromSoftware in collaboration with George R.R. Martin), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Mario and Sonic at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Fall Guys, and Doom Eternal.
So, who do you think won E3 and which game are you looking forward to the most?