All The Big News From E3 2016

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Welcome to E3 2016! Kotaku is in Los Angeles for the week, bringing you all the news, interviews, media, and more from the year’s biggest trade show. We’ll update this post regularly as E3 continues, so check back!



First up, the schedule! Much of the biggest news comes from the major press conferences. Wherever you are in the world, here’s when each of them goes down.

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We’ll be reporting live from each of them, too. For more details on the wheres and whens, check here.


As each conference takes place, we’ll post highlights here.

Here’s our view from the street before E3 started. You can follow us on Instagram to see the cool stuff we’re seeing on the ground.


Electronic Arts

EA gave us glimpses of Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, and their work on Mass Effect Andromeda. They also explained their continuing plans for Star Wars, as well as sports staples FIFA and Madden.


If you missed the show, you can catch up with our liveblog here.



As was anticipated, Bethesda announced Skyrim remastered and showed off some footage of the upcoming Dishonored 2. We also learned a lot of new Fallout news, including vault-building DLC and the game’s plans for the HTC Vive (see here for some background into why this is an interesting move). Bethesda also announced new Quake and Prey games, as well as some updates to The Elder Scrolls Online.


You can watch an archive of the stream here, or catch up with our liveblog.


And here’s our Day Zero podcast.


Take a look at our liveblog here.

The biggest news out of Microsoft (if you hadn’t heard it already) was Project Scorpio and the Xbox One Slim. In other hardware news, you can also make custom Xbox One controllers. Microsoft wants to blur the lines between console and PC, which could pay off or fail big time.


As far as games went, we saw a new Gears of War, a sequel to State of Decay, and some footage of ReCore and Sea of Thieves. Microsoft confirmed Dead Rising 4; showed the new game from the folks who made LIMBO, Inside; presented a spin-off to The Witcher’s card game Gwent; and we got to see a pretty sweet Final Fantasy XV battle.



Check out our liveblog here.

After that somewhat, er, trippy opening number, Ubisoft showed us a range of games and footage. Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a VR game, looks pretty cool. The Division will see an expansion, and we’re also getting Grow Up, a sequel to Grow Home. Trials of the Blood Dragon became available immediately after the show, and we’re already playing it. We also got long looks at gameplay for Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, For Honor, and Ubisoft’s new sports game, Steep.



If you missed the show, you can catch up with our liveblog here.

Sony crammed a lot into their conference! We saw a ton of new games, like Days Gone, as well as got details about ones we’ve been familiar with before. There were trailers for Resident Evil 7 and a new God of War, as well as more footage of Detroit: Become Human and Horizon Zero Dawn. PlayStation VR will come out October 13th, and Sony also have a host of VR and VR-supportive games, including Final Fantasy XV, Batman Arkham, and a Star Wars mission. We also saw the trailer for Death Stranding, the new Kojima game (starring Norman Reedus), and got a release date of October 25 for The Last Guardian.


And here’s our Day One podcast.

Day Two Highlights

Day Two of E3 gave us a chance to see how the internet reacted to Day One’s news, some hands-on time with and inside looks at new games, and the first day of the Nintendo Treehouse.


Kotaku’s Editor in Chief Stephen Totilo took to Facebook to show us some live footage of the show floor.

We also got our first look at Zelda: Breath of the Wild, new Amiibo, and more details about Pokemon Sun and Moon.


The internet dug into the trailer for Kojima’s new game, Death Stranding, as well as hunted for clues in the Resident Evil 7 demo. Debates also heated up over the Oculus Rift exclusivity of Serious Sam VR.


Day Two also brought us new footage and hands-on time with many upcoming and newly-announced games, including Persona 5, Agents of Mayhem, and Final Fantasy XV.


Here’s our Day 2 podcast.

Day Three Highlights

On Day 3, Devolver Digital continued to try to carve out space for themselves at E3. We also learned more details about some newly-announced games and got to see them in action.


Here’s our Day Three podcast.

Other E3 Highlights

There was plenty to see as the conference wrapped up, including some long lines and young love. The internet continued to ponder over newly-revealed games, this time digging into the God of War reveal trailer and Zelda Breath of the Wild. We also learned about plans for existing games when we chatted with the game director of Final Fantasy XIV.


This year’s E3, like every year, had its share of cringe-worthy moments, as well as WTF ones. We also saw a ton of games we’re pretty excited for!


And that’s about it for our E3 2016 coverage! Thanks for sticking around and sharing it with us. Here’s an awesome robot, just for being awesome.



There was also the more low key, but fantastic, PC gaming conference, which, IMHO featured some of the best games (and with a lot less marketing buzzwords too! no uncompressed HDR pixel talk here!):

Oxygen Not Included A space colony sim from the makers of Don’t starve and invisible ink.

We got some early gameplay footage form Dawn of war III, featuring some nice fire effects! Everything was on fire! ;)

The weirdest game anywhere: Giant Cop. It’s VR. You are a giant cop in a city of little people. Looks incredible.

Mount and Blade II - Mother f’ing Bannerlords. This sequel is looking so damn good. Sieges!

The Surge looks like Dark Souls in Space - looking forward to hearing more but Lords of the Fallen wasn’t as good as I had hoped, so we’ll see.

Cliff Bleszinski showed off Lawbreakers, which looked surprisingly good. Movement and overall skill ceiling/gameplay looked a lot higher/interesting than Overwatch’s.

Polaris GPU’s were shown off. The 480x which had been revealed already, $200 for better than GX 970 performance (this - or something very similar - is the GPU rumored to be in the Xbox Scorpio due next year), plus the lower end 470 and 460, which must be coming in at something like $150 and $100 price points for entry level gaming or for people interested in dedicated League/Dota machine.

The makes of Life is Strange showed off a Vampire action RPG called Vampyr. Different new direction for the studio, looks really good.

Obsidian’s new Isometric RPG Tyranny was also shown off. It’s looking mighty Pillary of Eternit-ie, which means it’s likely to be fantastic!

Observer is a cyberpunk horror game which already sets it apart from a lot of others in the genre. Potential overload here.

Drop Zone is a free to play RTS with quick matches which is looking pretty good. We’ll see how they plan on monetizing.

The Turing Test is a sci-fi puzzle game out fo Square Enix which is looking sharp, and possibly very deep.

I really liked the presentation of Dual Universe. A Sci-fi survival MMO where you can build anything from ships to cities. Think No Man’s Sky but with an emphasis on Multi-player and building.

And we also saw some more Deus Ex footage. Can’t wait for that as well!

With new, affordable, and high performing PC GPU’s, amazing titles on the horizon, VR Titles coming to Rift and Oculus, and Microsoft’s apparent seriousness in making PC gaming an important part of their strategy, I gotta say, it’s a great time to be a PC gamer!