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Friday, June 16, 2017

E3 2017 News Round-Up

By ROXY - This is to provide you high-level highlights for E3 2017.

While my KoopaTV colleagues have done an exhaustive job covering all of the major company press conferences and Nintendo Treehouse Live footage for E3 2017 (check out links to every one of those reaction logs here), people who do not have a lot of time on their hands just want the highlights. KoopaTV has that, too, with this article.

While KoopaTV focuses on its editorial operations, I am here to provide just the facts. I will go company by company. If there is a particular bit of news that is missing that you feel is worthy of being a highlight, please say so in the comments section below.

Electronic Arts

  • Electronic Arts announced that its developer, BioWare, is working on Anthem, an action roleplaying game to be released in 2018 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows 10.
  • FIFA 18 will be bringing back The Journey mode from FIFA 18, including Alex Hunter, who is in a midst of controversy as he appears to be transferring teams. There will also be a custom-built Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18, but it will not have The Journey as it does not run on the Frostbite engine.
    FIFA 18 The Journey Alex Hunter Returns victory soccer football Yokohama
    Alex Hunter returns in FIFA 18: The Journey: Hunter Returns.

Microsoft

  • The Xbox One X, Microsoft's 4K-powered upgrade to the Xbox One, will release worldwide on November 7th, 2017, for a price-tag of $499.99.
  • Minecraft will be played via Xbox Live across all non-Sony platforms, and will get a free 4K update.
  • Super Lucky's Tale, a 3D platformer by Playful Corp., will be launching on Xbox One and Windows 10 on November 7th, 2017.
  • Sea of Thieves, from Rare Ltd., is a pirate-themed multiplayer online open world adventure game releasing early 2018. Each player commands an individual pirate as they seek to explore and gather treasure.
  • Crackdown 3, a sequel in the Crackdown series by Sumo Digital, will feature actor Terry Crews and will be exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One, releasing November 7th, 2017.
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ, developed by Arc System Works (developers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue) and published by Bandai Namco, will be released on the Xbox One along with PlayStation 4 (but only shown at Microsoft's conference) in 2018. The cel-shaded fighting game puts a focus on very flashy 3D-looking-2D graphics, while also featuring 3 vs. 3 fights.
    Dragon Ball FighterZ Super Saiyan 3 Goku Golden Frieza attack
    Super Saiyan 3 Goku finishing Golden Frieza.

Bethesda

  • Bethesda announced Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, a sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. This features an alternate history where the National Socialist German Workers' Party won World War II. It will release October, 2017, on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4, and is developed by MachineGames.
  • Bethesda announced two Virtual Reality titles in Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR.
    DOOM VFR Virtual Fucking Reality title logo iD Software Bethesda
    According to Pete Hines, the Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing at Bethesda,
    VFR stands for “Virtual Fucking Reality.”

  • Psychological horror game The Evil Within is getting a sequel releasing this October on Friday the 13th.

Ubisoft

  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was officially announced as a turn-based strategy game, featuring the Rabbids from the Rayman series finding themselves in the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Announced Skull & Bones, an online multiplayer pirate-themed game, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Each player commands their own pirate ship/crew. The game appears to be a spin-off of the ship feature from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
  • Assassin's Creed Origins takes players to Ancient Egypt.
  • Steep is getting an Olympics-themed DLC pack for this winter, named Steep: Road to the Olympics. This is based on the PyeongChang 2018 winter games, but the DLC will be released in 2017.
  • Beyond Good and Evil 2 got a trailer and was officially announced, and it will be a prequel to the first game.
  • Just Dance 2018 will be released on every mainline video game console in the past twelve years this October, including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360.
    Just Dance 2018 Ubisoft coming out on PlayStation 4 3 Nintendo Switch Wii U Xbox One 360 all consoles
    “Coming this October on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, WiiU, Wii, PS3 and X360.”

Sony

  • Popular independent game Undertale will be brought to Sony's PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita systems, with special physical edition packages.
    There will be a Collector's Edition of Undertale for those in North America that one can pre-order on fangamer.com

  • Shadow of the Colossus, the 2005 classic from Team Ico for PlayStation 2, is getting a remake or remaster on the PlayStation 4 to be released in 2018.
  • A spin-off of Final Fantasy XV, Monsters of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV for the PlayStation VR, was announced. It appears to be a fishing game.
  • Spider-Man, developed by Insomniac Games for the PlayStation 4, will feature classic villains such as Martin Li. Gameplay will be done through many quicktime events with classic web-slinging activities.

Nintendo

  • Super Mario Odyssey will be releasing October 27, 2017, and will feature an entity called Cappy combined with Mario's hat, allowing the pair to capture enemies and objects and possess their bodies and abilities.
  • Metroid Prime 4 was announced for the Nintendo Switch, developed by an unknown development team.
    Metroid Prime 4 Nintendo Switch development logo title
    This screenshot is all the public knows about Metroid Prime 4.

  • A Pokémon RPG was announced for the Nintendo Switch.
  • A Yoshi game for the Nintendo Switch is coming out in 2018, featuring multiple layers of platforming and co-op multiplayer.
  • A Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch is coming out in 2018.
  • A re-imagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the Game Boy, known as Metroid: Samus Returns, is being released this September 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS. The game features several new features not in the Game Boy original, including Melee Counters, free-aiming, and Aeion abilities.
  • There will be a Nintendo 3DS remake of the 2003 game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga called Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, featuring a Minion Quest mode where Bowser's minions attempt to search for their lost king. This mode has a story parallel to the main game, which features a graphical revamp and some features seen in newer Mario & Luigi titles.
  • Action-puzzler Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido developed by indiezero was announced for a 2018 release on the Nintendo 3DS. It will only be playable in 2D.
  • Several new amiibo were announced, including Tiki and Chrom; Wedding Bowser, Peach, and Mario; and Samus and a squishy Metroid. The four champions from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are also getting amiibo.


Roxy is still in the United Kingdom, trying to investigate its recent terrorist attacks and keeping KoopaTV staffer Vortexica company as he hides in dangerous times. If you want more in-depth reporting on any of the games listed and the many games not discussed, go to that E3 Weeks 2017 Schedule and check out the appropriate log.


For a much more editorialised version of this article, click here for conference rankings.

8 comments :

  1. The "XBOX 1X"? I'm calling it right now--within 20 years we'll have an "Xbox XXX." :P Also, Sony selling physical copies of Undertale is both a dirty move and a very, very good one.

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    1. Just to note: The Xbox One (2013) and Xbox 1 (2001) are different things...!

      Everyone who was going to get pulled into Undertale already has by now, right?
      Then again, I said the same thing about Minecraft and it's hitting new records.

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    2. Yeah but see, just the game being on XBOX isn't the point. The point is that there will be, solely for XBOX, EXISTANT PHYSICAL COPIES of Undertale. When prior to this it was actually impossible for people to physically own Undertale.

      I predict that the percentage of copies that ever see the interior of a console will be very, very low.

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    3. ...Erm, PLAYSTATION. Not XBOX.

      So you're saying the point is to keep these as collectibles inside the box and don't open it?

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    4. Ouch, dunno how I got that wrong. And that is exactly, precisely what I'm saying, yes.

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    5. Oh, well, that's fair enough. That'll screw over data collection, though.

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  2. The write-ups have been helpful because it is hard for me to watch every single trailer due to full time job and a baby.

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    1. THE BABY should watch with you.
      :o

      Metroid II is being remade JUST because of THE BABY.

      Delete

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