E3 2016, the annual Electronics Expo was held at the end of June, and at the show, attendees saw some great updates from the gaming world. All of the major game publishers and electronics manufacturers were there, and there was plenty to see. Here’s a rundown of what you missed at E3 of 2016.
PlayStation titles were hot at E3 2016, with coverage for Watch Dogs 2, Batman: Arkham VR, Farpoint, EVE: Valykrie, and Horizon Zero Dawn. The new Spiderman title from Marvel and Insomniac Games was also on hand, and PlayStation gave a little preview of the game’s gameplay. Days Gone was another PS title shared at E3, and the open-world action game seems interesting, and Resident Evil: biohazard was also featured at the show. PlayStation also made their unveiling event available via live webcast, and you can watch it on the offical PlayStation website. GT Sports, the PlayStation’s first GT title, also got a bit of play. Neo, however, the next-gen console in the PlayStation line, wasn’t announced at E3 2016, instead Sony only confirmed it existed.
Nintendo was in attendance at E3 2016 , but didn’t showcase their upcoming “NX” project due to fears of imitators, reports said. Nintendo instead shared Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Freedom Planet, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Runbow and other titles. Nintendo touted a “new kind of Mario is coming soon,” but released no further details. The last big console Mario game was Super Mario Maker, and that title was focused on letting players design their own Mario levels, rather than being a full Mario game complete with story and more. What “new kind of Mario” means is anyone’s guess. Other Nintendo titles at E3 2016 included Madden 17, Corpse Party, Harvest Moon: Skytree Village and Monster Hunter Generations, River City: Tokyo Rumble, Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Pokemon definitely had a spot at the Nintendo booth too, with Pokemon Sun and Moon featured. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is probably the most anticipated game at the event, and it doesn’t come out until 2017, so game fans are ecstatic to get the trailer.
Microsoft/XBox One Update
Microsoft had big news of its own, with announcements about Xbox One S and Project Scorpio as well as the news about Xbox Play Anywhere, letting you take your Xbox games to Windows machines. Xbox One S will be a cheaper slimmer version of the regular Xbox One, and will feature 4K Blu-Ray player and HDR video support. Project Scorpio is the next-gen Xbox, arriving in 2017, with better 4K gaming. The titles featured at E3 2016 include Inside, We Happy Few, Dead Rising 4, Sea of Thieves, Halo Wars 2, Recore, Forza Horizon 3, Scalebound and Gears of War 4. We still don’t know much about Xbox VR just yet, though Scorpio has been promised to feature VR support.
E3 2016 had plenty to see but the gaming updates were perhaps of the best parts of the show, especially as many have been waiting for an update on the Zelda game.