Among the dozens of hype reels, hardware breakdowns, marketing buzzwords and game announcements, a few things stood out. If you don’t have a lot of time and just want to know about the absolute biggest stuff from E3, this post is for you.
This article originally ran on 6/13/2017. We’ve bumped it up now that E3's winding down, and added links to additional reporting and impressions when possible.
In no particular order, here are the six biggest announcements from E3 2017:
It’s been ages since Nintendo made a proper Metroid game, so of course they turned up with not one but two of them. We got an announcement of Metroid Prime 4 that was pretty much just that: a title placard with no release date or additional info. Still pretty cool. We also learned about Metroid: Samus Returns, a side-scrolling 3DS game that will be out in September. That one sounds great, and best of all, we’ll be able to play it in a few months. For more on why these announcements are such a big deal, go read Maddy’s tribute to the series.
Read about everything else Nintendo showed here.
We already knew what the new Xbox’s specs would be, but we didn’t know the name or the price. Turns out the name is “Xbox One X,” and the price is $499. That’s a lot of money to pay for a console that doesn’t have any games that aren’t also on PC or the much cheaper Xbox One S, and the name is confusing, too. The console itself looks nice enough, but we’re not yet convinced anyone will need to buy it, particularly given that Microsoft has followed Sony’s (questionable) lead by talking about 4K resolution rather than improved performance and higher frame-rates. Check out Stephen’s take on the new console here.
Read about everything else Microsoft showed here.
Most of what Sony showed at their press conference was games they showed last year, but one stood out: Bluepoint’s remake of Shadow of the Colossus, which will be out for PS4 in 2018. This is no mere remaster; this is a full-on remake, loaded with all the visual bells and whistles you’d expect on a modern console. Shadow of the Colossus is widely held up as one of the greatest video games of all time, so there’s no reason to think the remake won’t also be good.
Read about everything else Sony showed here.
BioWare, makers of modern role-playing classics like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, announced their new action-RPG Anthem at EA’s press conference. It wasn’t until the Xbox show that we got a good long look at it. The game looks like a third-person Destiny-like online action game, where you and your friends can fly around a huge open world in mech suits, fighting all sorts of monsters. It also looked absurdly pretty, to the point that it’ll be interesting to go back and watch this demo after the game comes out to see how the two compare. Just based on this video, though, it was easily one of the most impressive games anybody showed this year. They say it’ll be out in fall 2018, but don’t be too surprised if this one gets at least one major delay.
Read about everything else EA showed here.
The widely-loved action RPG series Monster Hunter is finally making the jump to multi-platform consoles with Monster Hunter World, which got a nifty demo at Sony’s event. This series has primarily been on handhelds, despite having so many elements—open world exploration, loot grinding, co-op monster hunting—that would theoretically work well on consoles. The new game will bring some major changes to the series formula; read more about it here. It’ll be out in early 2018. Heather saw the game in action during a press demo and said it was great; go read her impressions.
People had started giving up on Beyond Good & Evil 2. Ubisoft had announced the sequel to Michel Ancel’s beloved 2003 game years ago, but it had been missing in action for way too long since then. This year, Ubisoft closed out their press conference with a cranked-up CGI trailer that, yes, okay, was just a CGI trailer, but indicated that the publisher is finally serious about getting BG&E2 out the door.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be a prequel set before the first game’s protagonist Jade has been born, which opens the door to all sorts of interesting narrative possibilities. During E3, Stephen met with three of the developers and saw an early version of the game in action. It sounds like it’s very early days, and while the developers are dreaming big, there’s a lot of work for them to do. It’ll probably still be a long wait for the finished game, but nice to know it’s alive and kicking.
Read about everything else Ubisoft showed here.
Those were the six big ones, but there there were plenty of other notable games at the show this year. A few more:
- During Bethesda’s press conference, the publisher announced sequels to The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order, and the second game in particular looks really good.
- Ubisoft showed off Mario + Rabbids, and by some minor miracle, the game actually looks fun.
- Sony showed a technically stunning, lengthy gameplay demo of Insomniac’s PS4 Spider-Man game.
- EA’s co-op prison break game A Way Out seems like it’ll try some ambitious stuff with two-player storytelling.
- Nintendo also announced that a core Pokémon RPG is coming to Switch at some point far in the future, which isn’t shocking news but is still good to know.
- And Metro fans like me are probably pretty stoked about Metro: Exodus, which made an impressive debut at Microsoft’s show.
And that’s that. Thanks for following along with Kotaku this E3! We’ll be posting more interviews and impressions from the show over the days to come.
Updated to add two things: A mention of Pokémon coming to Switch, and the fact that all Xbox One X games can be played on Xbox One S as well as PC.