Yesterday at E3 2019: Some classic PC franchises made their return, Ubisoft showed off Watch Dogs: Legion, and Square Enix celebrated Final Fantasy and Avengers.
PC Gamer, Ubisoft and Square Enix hit the E3 stage yesterday to make some pretty major announcements spanning much of the gaming landscape. It’s going to be a good year ahead – enjoy reading through everything we saw!
News from the PC Gaming Show:
PC Gamer put on another neat showing this year, with some dormant franchises getting much-welcomed new entries that’ll be sure to delight fans over the next year.
Influential melee series Chivalry returns next year:
Seven years after the series’ debut, Chivalry 2 doubles the player count to 64 and allows players to ride horses around the battlefield. Torn Banner Studios even told the audience that it was hoping to recreate Game of Thrones’ epic Battle of the Bastards. The game is set to release on the Epic Games Store at some point in 2020, and Torn Banner and Tripwire Interactive plan to keep it exclusive to the Epic Store for twelve months.
We’ll get another turn at becoming Bond villains in Evil Genius 2: World Domination:
Finally, after fifteen years of practising our bad guy one-liners and thinking of new diabolical plans, players will once again get the chance to play as villains in Rebellion Developments’ strategy series.
Warframe’s Empyrean expansion takes the fight to spaaace:
Digital Extremes promises a “full reveal” for July 7, but the new content already looks like a spectacular addition to the studio’s wildly popular multiplayer thrillfest!
Shenmue 3 continues Yu Suzuki’s passion for street fights and storytelling:
Series creator Suzuki appeared on stage to show off his latest story with a trailer that… really emphasised fighting. The biggest piece of news from the game’s appearance on the show, however, is that the game’s PC version will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store; it and the PlayStation 4 version are set to be released on November 19. Check out the trailer below and get excited for some combat!
Her Story’s creator is back with a new tale:
Telling Lies is an FMV-heavy investigative thriller that will feature Dark Phoenix’s Alexandra Shipp, Westworld’s Angela Sarafyan, Scrubs’ Kerry Bishé and Prometheus and Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Logan Marshall-Green – the latter of whom appeared next to Sam Barlow on the PC Gaming Show stage, and in an interview after the reveal. It’s set to be released at some point later this year.
News from Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference:
Ubisoft’s passion for its fans continued to ooze throughout its showing this year based on the number of times the presenters thanked the audience and the company’s continued support for its existing franchises.
Uplay Plus is Ubisoft’s take on a game subscription service:
Ubisoft has finally joined EA and Microsoft in letting its fans play its extensive game library through a subscription. What separates Ubisoft’s service is that the French publisher will let players access its games on PC through Uplay and also on Google Stadia for US$14.99 per month.
Watch Dogs: Legion was confirmed, and it’s coming next March:
Following a fortnight of leaks, Ubisoft finally revealed the next game in the popular open-world franchise. This time, DeadSec is fighting against an oppressive British government in post-Brexit London and players will get to play as randomly-generated characters complete with varied voice acting.
Rainbow Six Quarantine is a new cooperative monster huntfest:
Fans of last year’s Outbreak mode in Rainbow Six Siege will be delighted to learn that they’ll get an entire game dedicated to fighting hordes of monsters.
The main team behind Assassins Creed Odyssey is working on Gods & Monsters:
Ubisoft Montreal Quebec showed off a quick trailer for its next action title, God’s & Monsters. Players are tasked as legendary warriors who have tasked with defending Heaven and Earth by Gods who are waging war against mythical Monsters.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad unites your favourite “specialists” from different Clancy games:
Elite Squad is a mobile-exclusive isometric action game featuring 5-on-5 battles where we’ll get to control characters from the Clancy-verse, including Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell, Nomad from Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Roller derby comes alive in Roller Champions:
This could be the Overwatch meets rollerblading multiplayer game that we didn’t know that we wanted. Well played, Ubisoft, well played
News from Square Enix’s E3 Press Conference:
The House of Final Fantasy sure lived up to its reputation by kicking this of with a healthy showing of Final Fantasy VII Remake and new Final Fantasy remasters. Oh, and we also got an early look at Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day!
Final Fantasy VII Remake is still coming and it’s still episodic:
Square Enix dedicated a fair chunk of its conference to a lengthy look at Final Fantasy VII Remake, which looks very, very impressive in its new form. The publisher showed off the game’s revamped battle system, which caters more to a modern audience with its real-time gameplay. Classic fans need not worry, however, because they’ll be able to slow combat right down and enter a Tactics-like strategic mode that allows for planned strikes and counters.
Not only did we get to watch gameplay of Cloud and Barrett taking on the spider mech from the early part of the story, the crowd went wild when we were reintroduced to Tifa.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake is still scheduled for an episodic release; the first part is set to be released on March 3, 2020 and will cover the Midgar section of the original game’s story..
We finally got a first look at Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day, and it’s a-coming next year:
Crystal Dynamics capped off the show with the first trailer for its long-awaited Avengers game, which, unlike the studio’s usual fare, will be an online cooperative multiplayer offering similar to Anthem. The company also revealed that it will not charge players for new locations or heroes, so expect to pay for cosmetic items such as costumes instead, and that the game is scheduled for a May 15, 2020 release.
Outriders is the latest title from Bulletstorm’s developer:
The folks at People Can Fly have been at work creating their own flavour of heroes versus monsters cooperative shooter action. The Polish developer didn’t reveal much about the game, but the accompanying trailer gave off an Evolve vibe – for better or worse.
Square Enix is remastering Final Fantasy VIII:
It’s not quite a remake, but a beautiful remaster of one of the best games in the publisher’s long-running series is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One at some unannounced point later this year.
In other E3 2019 news:
PC Gaming Show:
- Zombie Hitler stars in Zombie Army 4: Dead War: The show’s sponsor, Rebellion Developments, revealed its latest Sniper Elite spinoff… and it’s even got a zombie zoo!
- Warhammer: Vermintide 2’s Versus trailer stars warrior rat people: That’s so Skaven! There’s no release date as of yet, but you can sign up for the beta now.
- Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines II continues to look awesome: We can’t wait to see if it lives up to its potential!
- Valfaris looks like a loving homage to Contra: The “heavy metal infused 2D action-platformer” has no release date as of yet, but it looks bloody fun!
- Songs of Conquest is a game, not a soundtrack to Age of Empires: Stunning pixel art brings Lavapotion’s Heroes of Might and Magic-inspired real-time strategy game to life.
- Unexplored II is a beautiful follow-up to a beautiful roguelike: Big Sugar has created something really, really nice here!
- Terraria: Journey’s End is a long-awaited update: It’s the last expansion coming to Terraria, and it includes “120 percent more items, golfing, and an ultra-hardcore difficulty mode.”Help humanity find its feet in Starmancer: Players will control “a semi-human AI that has to build a space colony for human inhabitants to survive on.”
- We got some more details about Maneater: The shark simulator we never knew we wanted got a story trailer, which PC Gamer followed up with an interview with developer Tripwire Interactive.
- Brawlhalla’s next crossover is with Adventure Time: The event brings Finn, Jake and Princess Bubblegum into the fold, along with “a new Buddy game mode, a new Adventure Time themed map called Tree Fort, bonus login Gold, and more!”
- For Honor’s Shadows of the Hitokiri is a Japan-focussed limited time event: The event comes with a limited-time game mode – which earns exclusive rewards, spectral customisations for all heroes and an “otherworldly map ambiance,” and it’s running from now until June 27!
- Just Dance 2020 is coming to current-gen systems and the Wii(!): We all thought the Wii was done for, but the first song reveal – which includes Ariana Grande’s God is a Woman and Skrillex’s Bangarang, among others – says otherwise.
- For Honor’s getting a Spectator Mode: Watch the epic battles unfold when the mode arrives later this year!
- Trials Rising is going medieval: Medieval Motor Mayhem is the game’s second season of content, and it looks to be a whole hell of a lot of fun!
- The Division 2’s first and second episodes will take us to the Washington National Zoo and the Pentagon respectively: The first episode is set to be released later this summer (winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere), while Episode 2 is slated for this fall (spring).
- Hit the Japanese powder in STEEP’s free map: Download the stunning map before June 16 to keep it forever!
- Two SaGa titles are heading to the West: It’s been a long while since gamers outside of Japan saw a new SaGa title, but we’re in for one of the prettiest 8-bit treats we may ever see!
- ONINAKI is only a couple of months away: The game’s latest trailer revealed that we can expect it on PS4, Steam and Switch on August 22.
- THE LAST REMNANT Remastered is out now on Switch: 2008’s cult-classic RPG is well worth checking out!
- We got another look at Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers: It’s a massive expansion, and we don’t have too much longer to wait for it!
- The circles in Apex Legends’s Elite Queue now punishes players who camp outside them: the first, second, and all remaining rings will now do fifteen, twenty, and twenty-five percent more damage!
- Atari is reopening preorders for its VCS game console: only time will tell if this is going to be another Ouya situation.
- These are the last backward-compatible games headed to Xbox One – Sam Fisher’s back catalog and Rare’s finest works are leading this final helping of retro games.
- Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is getting its own Terminator tie-in: Geez, what’s going on, Mr. Cameron?
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