Microsoft just announced that the Xbox’s E3 briefing will air Sunday, June 11th at 2PM PST, and not on Monday morning, when it usually is.
E3 will be open to the public this year, and there’ll be 15,000 tickets available to anyone who wants them. You can buy one for $250 (or $150 if you snag early) starting February 13. More details over at GameSpot. See you there?
E3 today is a thunderstorm of neon spectacle. It’s marketing buzzwords and hip executives wearing blazers and t-shirts as they show us their hot new video game trailers. Twenty years ago, though... Twenty years ago it was a little different.
Wouldn’t you be, too?
What would the soundtrack of a brutally violent, post-apocalyptic Japan sound like? In Suda51’s latest, Let It Die, it’d be a rock playlist of Japanese Indie bands hand-picked by Silent Hill music legend Akira Yamaoka. But for these current times, Yamaoka would recommend listening to Dizzy Mizz Lizzy.
“First of all, it would be great if I didn’t have to put a release date out at all,” Nintendo’s longtime chief game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently told me when I asked him about the tendency for Zelda games to be late. “But I have to.” We both laughed.
Nintendo has publicly denied that joke from an E3 demo for the upcoming Wii U game Paper Mario: Color Splash is a reference to a harassment campaign that targeted game designer Zoe Quinn. The company says it’s a nod to the Watergate scandal from the 1970s.
It’s been nearly 10 years since development started on The Last Guardian, designer Fumito Ueda’s long-anticipated follow-up to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. I caught up with Ueda at E3 to talk about his lengthy journey.
Though I didn’t get a chance to play that newfangled Legend of Zelda that everyone was raving about, there was plenty to get excited about at E3.
I played a lot of games at E3, an annual whirlwind of demos and announcements that can be as exhausting as it is exciting. Let’s talk about some of them, shall we?
Sony Santa Monica has big plans to shake up God of War. “We looked at every aspect of this game differently,” creative director Cory Barlog told me at E3, “all centered around the concept of ‘Why? Why am I doing this? Why am I here? Why am I making these decisions?’”
The carpets have been rolled up, the speakers torn down. The bathrooms have gotten a vigorous cleaning. E3 is over, but our memories linger. Let’s chat.
I literally gasped when the Resident Evil logo came up at Sony’s E3 press conference. A big budget horror game in VR?! My dreams came crashing down to Earth after playing it in VR, unfortunately. Right now, it’s a mess.
Hollywood effects studio Spectral Motion were hired by Sony to create a little something for Horizon Zero Dawn’s E3 demo. The suit they came up with ended up being one of the lowkey stars of the entire show.
Last week was a whirlwind of newly-announced titles and fresh looks at games we already knew about. Now comes the important question—when will we get to play them?
Giant Squid brought a new trailer for Abzu to E3 2016, but it didn’t get a lot of attention. That’s too bad, because from the trailer, it looks like Abzu is going to be gorgeous, thoughtful, and immersive.
QUOTE | “Me and my son have an Xbox One, and we wanted to play Battlefield 1 or Titanfall 2, and we didn’t get that opportunity. I was like, c’mon man, I didn’t come here to buy stuff. I came here to enjoy games.” - A father discusses the “really disappointing” open-to-the-public E3 Live show this week. The ESA said…
Whenever I see a new trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, I mutter to myself: “please don’t suck.” Based on the 30 minutes I played this week, things are looking promising, and it’s not just the big stuff: it’s the game’s smaller details, too.
Dragon Quest VII was one of the biggest games of its time, a significant leap over its predecessors in terms of raw size. So when the developers at Square decided to remake it for 3DS, they ran into some issues.