The Show’s Biggest Games
This year’s E3 is going to be packed with a variety of amazing new games. While it’s still unclear what games are appearing at E3 2017, we’ve compiled the biggest ones that we anticipate to be at the show. Click ahead for a look at what to expect.
E3 2017 runs June 13-15, with briefings from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft planned for the days before the show kicks off. You can find a full schedule in our feature on the publisher press conferences times.
New Assassin’s Creed
A new Assassin’s Creed has been confirmed after the series took a year off, but nothing has been shared officially beyond that. Ubisoft has teased that with this new game, “a new era begins.” Previous reports and leaks have suggested the game will be set in Egypt and carry the name Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
New BioWare IP
After the underwhelming Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare looks to rebound with what sounds like an ambitious project set in an all-new universe. Fans can expect the game to have “new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique universe.” Made by the same team that created Knights of the Old Republic, the new IP is probably still a ways off from release, but EA could show at least a teaser at E3.
Call of Duty: WWII
The Call of Duty series goes back to its roots this year with the Sledgehammer Games-developed shooter that seems to draw influence from the Band of Brothers mini-series.. We expect to see more of the multiplayer at E3, and it’s exciting to think about a stripped-down experience after the latest games were set in the future with all manner of super-abilities and equipment.
Official details on Crackdown 3 have been few and far between of late, but that should change at E3 if Microsoft talks more about the sandbox, destruction-themed Xbox One and PC game. It would be especially cool if we see it running on Project Scorpio, considering the power of the console could allow for some epic destruction.
Days Gone is an open-world zombie game exclusive to PS4. Announced at E3 2016, we haven’t seen much else since about Sony Bend’s upcoming title, but the third-person shooting and survival gameplay mean we’re looking forward to seeing more.
There’s still much to learn about the sequel to Bungie’s shared world shooter. While the massive reveal from last month gave us a lot to anticipate, we’re still looking forward to E3 clearing up more of the specifics regarding the changes to the core gameplay loop, and just how our guardians will fit into the altered landscape post-Destiny 1.
Detroit: Become Human
David Cage and Quantic Dream are following up Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls with another intriguing project in the form of the PS4-exclusive Detroit: Become Human. This cinematic adventure tells the story of robot life coming to terms with its existence, and we’re eager to see more of it at E3.
Far Cry 5
Moving away from the tropical and exotic locales of series past, Far Cry 5 brings the action to big sky country Montana, USA. After a lot of noise came out from the reveal of the game’s setting and evocative cover art, there’s much anticipation in seeing how far Ubisoft will go with this next entry in the series. While Far Cry 5’s action and over-the-top theatrics will take center stage, the drastic change in scenery should spice things up considerably.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
The highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake is built from the ground up with fully polygonal graphics as opposed to the pre-rendered environments of the original. It also features a real-time combat system similar to Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts. The game was originally being developed with the assistance of Cyberconnect 2; however, the project is now being made internally at Square Enix.
God of War
God of War is the latest entry in the long-running action game franchise developed by Sony Santa Monica. While the game shares the same name as the first game in the series, it’s actually meant to be a soft reboot to the story of protagonist Kratos.
Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo Sport marks the long-running franchise’s debut on PS4. In addition to the expected visual improvements, it also offers a new online championship system, new concept cars, and more.
Kingdom Hearts III
After many spinoffs, prequels, and confusingly named tie-ins, a proper sequel to Kingdom Hearts II is on the way. Sora, Donald, and Goofy return to begin their search for the Key to Return Hearts, travelling through unforgettable Disney worlds and meeting iconic characters along the way.
The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II provides a continuation of the story from Naughty Dog’s acclaimed game. The studio has been tight-lipped about what it entails, but we do know that both Joel and Ellie return.
Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite
Making a surprise comeback, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite makes big changes to the tried-and-tested formula of over the top 3-on-3 fighting by introducing the all powerful Infinity Stones and dropping the team number to 2-on-2.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
In the follow up to GameSpot’s 2014 Game of the Year, Middle-earth: Shadow of War brings Talion and his wraith companion Celebrimbor back to the front lines in their fight against Sauron and his dark army. In a larger and more open world, including new loot and gear to uncover, the undead ranger will have to form his own army to engage in an epic standoff against The Dark Lord.
While NBA Live 18 seeks to become a worthy contender, NBA 2K18 stands as the latest entry in the genre-dominating series. We don’t yet know what to expect, but at the very least, you can expect the usual visual improvements and other refinements.
Need for Speed: Payback
After a year away, the Need for Speed series returns with Payback. More than just the standard racing game you might expect, EA says you’ll also engage in heists, car battles, and more while playing as three distinct characters.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the long-awaited sequel to 2010’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Rather than continuing the adventures of the protagonists from the first game, it introduces a completely new cast of characters who must fight against an emerging threat in the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell.
Quake Champions revives the classic Quake style of arena shooter gameplay but with a new character/class system. While not a major factor, these characters do feature their own distinct movement speeds, health pools, and a special ability.
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves, the first original, non-Kinect game out of beloved developer Rare in years, allows you to live out the life of a pirate with your friends. You’ll be able to work together to navigate the sea by ship while hunting down treasure and fending off enemy players who are seeking the same thing.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Set the day after The Stick of Truth, the South Park kids are caught up in another game of make believe that quickly gets out of hand. Trading out swords and sorcery for capes and utility belts, the kids will explore the town, fight crime, and engage in turn-based battles to decide who gets to lead their new superhero franchise.
Splatoon 2 is the Switch-exclusive sequel to the hit Wii U third-person shooter. It features a new campaign, weapons, maps, and modes.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront was a fun game that let you live out your Star Wars fantasies. It shipped more than 14 million copies, making it one of the most commercially successful Star Wars games in history, but many remarked that it didn’t offer enough depth. EA has acknowledged this feedback and has promised a bigger and better sequel that features characters and storylines from all eras of Star Wars. And there is a single-player mode this time.
State of Decay 2
The 2014 original State of Decay was a surprise hit, and with its permadeath element, it was a tense, white-knuckle affair with a lot of great action. The sequel has a larger map and co-op support, among other things.
Super Mario Odyssey
Total War: Warhammer II
The follow-up to the critically Total War: Warhammer, this sequel introduces four new playable races: High Elves, Dark Elves, Lizardmen, and Skaven. It will apparently offer hundreds of hours of gameplay with its more narrative-focused campaign.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Uncharted 4 wrapped up Nathan Drake’s story, but the franchise continues with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which is due out in August. Set in India, the game focuses on the characters Chloe and Nadine with a story involving the Tusk of Ganesha. It’s a $40 standalone game containing the largest level Naughty Dog has ever made, so we are definitely excited to see more at E3.
Yakuza 6:The Song Of Life
Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life is the latest entry in Sega’s long-running crime-drama action series. The game originally came out in Japan in 2016; however, it’s finally set for a western release sometime in 2018.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Wii-exclusive open world-RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles. It stars a new hero who’s in search for something known as “Elysium.”