New Gaming News from E3 and EA Play


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Crowds waiting to enter an E3 expo.

Nicholas Silva, Editor in Chief

E3 is the gaming event of the year, and there is always high expectations leading into it, and much excitement and eager gamers following it… and very upset wallets. This year was no exception, and the studios really made fans happy. Even one of the most despised titles of last year might be on the rebound, after this conference.

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Halo Infinite box art

First up to bat was Microsoft, and did they have some fan pleasing information. First, they announced XBox Project Scarlett, the next generation game console. It promises to have unprecedented frame rates, and to make loading screens a thing of the past. It is to be loaded with a plethora of new technology, and will launch in the Holiday 2020 season.

Next, Microsoft had a heavy focus on Halo Infinite, and released an absolutely stunning cinematic, shot in the new Slipspace engine, in game, showing off all of the amazing new features. The scene shows a UNSC pilot, in a derelict Pelican, is beginning to lose hope, but happens upon Master Chief. The scene was an example of the brand new art style, high resolution images, and a renewed devotion to story, and the care that has been taken by the team. Infinite is set to release as the launch title for Project Scarlet, and will also release on the XBox.

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Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter

Another news update came from Bethesda. About the infamous Fallout 76. However, this announcement was not to be dreaded, as it promised an epic update. The addition of human NPCs, which have been absent for its existence, and also a 52 player, story based battle royale mode. The announcement resulted in resounding cheers, as Fallout 76, a game with such potential, may finally be filling its shoes, and establishing itself as a quality game, fit for the Fallout title. Bethesda is not done with Fallout 76 yet. The update is expected to release this fall.

Up next, Keanu Reeves is stepping fully into the video game world. Hot on the steps of a Fortnite x John Wick event, the actor was present at E3 to announce the April 16, 2020 release of Cyberpunk 2077. This is because, as the new trailer shows, he will be in the game, likely for a large role.

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Elder Rings Promotional Image

Next, Bandai Namco announced a brand new, massive RPG, Elden Ring. The game was made in collaboration with George R.R. Martin, and while it is not connected to Game of Thrones, it is expected to feature a massive story with a plethora of Norse inspired lore. However, very little is known at this time.

Also, Square Enix debuted a trailer for their Marvel’s Avengers game. This game is set in a universe separate from the MCU, and has the Avengers blamed for a devastating attack, in a Sokovia Accords-esq situation. They are outlawed, but naturally are called upon later in the game to help save the world. While it is a little disappointing that the game is outside of the MCU, it is a natural decision, and it still looks amazing.

Finally from E3, Nintendo had a wide variety of announcements, and its conference was met with mixed results. There was criticism for the new Smash Bros. characters, however, this was made up for by the announcement that a Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is in the works. Also, Nintendo announced Luigi’s Mansion 3 as having a 2019 release date.

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Still from the E3 Fallen Order trailer showing an AT-AT walker trudging through a Kashyyyk swamp.

Now, E3 wasn’t the only major gaming conference that just happened. EA Play took place last week, and for many people, provided the most important bit of information. At EA Play, fourteen minutes of brand new, Alpha game play for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, as well as a new trailer.

Jedi: Fallen Order takes place soon after Episode III, and follows the Jedi Cal, and his friends, as he steps into his powers and helps -apparently- Saw Gerrera in his efforts to liberate wookies and free the galaxy from Imperial rule.

The game play looks spot-on, and the game itself looks very well done. There is a story, and a massive one at that, which is a win for many fans that have been yearning for a true, single player, story based Star Wars title to come out of the EA contract. The closest so far was the Battlefront II campaign, and while that was good, it did feel a little lacking to many fans. With luck this will be the game fans are looking for.

When interviewed by BBC News, Vince Zampella, Respawn Entertainment’s founder, said “We have a chance to do something in a universe that we all grew up loving,” and that they don’t want to mess up the opportunity for the fans. That is very good news. Also, unless something changes, which it could, it does not look like EA is going to be ripping player’s wallets away to feed its insatiable hunger. The only cosmetics announced so far are pre-order bonuses. It looks like, with luck, EA has learned to keep its hands out of the loot box cookie jar.

There is of course much more in the world of gaming news post-E3, but these have been the highlights.