Monday, June 9, 2014

Summary of E3 Day 1: Halo, Mass Effect & No Man's Sky, Oh my!

It's E3 time, folks! That time of the year when us gamers come together and revel in the upcoming projects game studios and manufacturers have been involved with.

Day 1 has brought us many announcements that have left us whelmed so far. Here is a summary of the major projects that were unveiled today:

Sunset Overdrive made a splash at the opening of Microsoft's presentation. The game will be turning some heads between now and when the game is launched on October 28, 2014.

343 Industries announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The collection includes Halo 1-4 (with Halo 1 & 2 in HD), additional cinematics and access to the Halo 5 beta.

Forza Horizon 2 will be racing our way onto XBox One on September 30, 2014. The game will feature over 200 cars as well as unique day/night cycles

Battlefield: Hardline details emerged, giving us a definite cops vs. criminals vibe. Also, players can hop on the open beta for PC and PS4 now (update: if you are not in now, you can either watch or wait to enter.)
Keelah! During the Bioware portion of the presentation, early concept material from Mass Effect 4 was shown. It was also revealed that Bioware Montreal is working on the property, with the Edmonton studio working on a new IP.

Progress on Star Wars: Battlefront. DiCE only released still images, but the development diary shows that the game will be rooted in the original trilogy.

The next installment of the Assassin's Creed series - Unity - was shown during the Ubisoft presentation. The game will be set during the French Revolution and will have 4-player co-op

Rainbow Six is back! Ubisoft announced Rainbow Six Siege, which is a return to the tactical first person shooter after many years since Las Vegas 2.

The Division and The Club - games shown last year - was shown and given many people questioning Ubisoft post Watch Dogs some hope. 

Steam Box. Alienware. Enough said.

Gameplay footage was shown for several games, including Destiny, The Order: 1886, Entangled and others. A white PS4/Destiny bundle was also announced.

PSN users will be able to enroll in the Alpha version of Destiny this week, with availability for the beta beginning on July 17th.

Bloodborne seems to be a successor to that infuriating game series known as Dark Souls.

Little Big Planet 3. 3 new friends. 8 million player created worlds from the first two games that can be played. I don't know about you, but I am certainly down.

No Man's Sky. Such greatness in this segment that made me squee in excitement.

Lucasarts classic Grim Fandango will be remastered and brought to the PS4

From the creators of the beautiful indie game Journey, we were introduced to Abzu.

Playstation Now - the service that will allow Sony's extensive back catalog of games - was touched upon further. Open betas will be beginning soon for everyone with a PSN account. Don't have a PS device? Well don't worry: Sony plans to have it directly accessible on certain models of their televisions.

Grand Theft Auto 5 will also be remastered and brought to PS4. Also, players on the PS3 and XBox 360 versions will be able to transfer their games to this version as well.

Uncharted 4. Not really much else to be said on the matter.

See this space tomorrow as we cover some of the other announcements!

1 comment:

  1. So many games I've missed Jonathan. Mass Effect 4 looks epic.