What we want to see at E3 2019 (Updated)
For those who don’t know, E3 is the biggest gaming event in the world that takes place every June. It lets game developers show off their upcoming releases, whether it’s in the near future or still a year or two off yet.
As a regular gamer, I tend to get a bit too excited about this event. It’s not always as great as I hope, but this year seems like it should be quite a gooden! Let’s get to it. There’s a lot of things I could cover, but I’ll just highlight a select few I’m personally quite eager to hear more from.
As things are announced I’ll just put small edits with any relevant details when we get them.
2016’s reboot of the DOOM series was phenomenal. While being modernised to suit this day and age, it was still fairly true to the original games in a lot of senses. The only downside to it was all DLC was focused on multiplayer, and a lot of players didn’t care too much for that side of the game.
We’ve already seen a little bit of gameplay for DOOM’s sequel, DOOM Eternal, but there’s still no word on when we can get this game for ourselves. Details have emerged since on single player DLC and how players can “invade” one another’s games as demons. I’m hoping to see more on these, as well as a release date.
Fingers crossed we get it this autumn! An early 2020 release date would be fine if that’s how it has to be though.
Edit: We have a release date. 22nd November 2019. It’s looking great, can’t wait!
There is a serious lack of worthwhile Zoo builders nowadays, I’m still relying on the old days of Zoo Tycoon but there’s only so many times you can play that in nearly 20 years, before you need something new. Have no fear, Frontier are here and they’ve saved the day… for me at least anyway.
Planet Zoo comes from the same developers of the Theme Park builder Planet Coaster, and looks extremely promising for anyone that has been waiting for a highly detailed zoo simulation game. Since the announcement trailer, we’ve had various screenshots and small details pouring through, but I’m dying for some gameplay footage.
So far there’s no specific date for release, apart from this Autumn at some point. With any luck, Frontier will give us a more specific date to look forward to at E3.
Edit: Frontier have released an in-game footage trailer, and it’s looking great. The attention to detail regarding the animals, scenery and terrain building is ridiculously good. We also have a release date of November 5th. Looking forward to hearing more!
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
EA are notoriously infamous for their displeasing Star Wars Battlefront games. A lot of fans have begged them to give up the IP so somebody else can have a go at it. Unfortunately, I’m one of these entitled nerds. Battlefront is visually amazing, but gameplay wise it’s not the best and its micro-transactions and old DLC policy just made me stop caring by the time the second came out.
However, it might be time for EA to redeem themselves. Fallen Order is said to be a fully single player action-adventure experience, insisting that EA has learnt from its mistakes. If this is true, and we get something of a spiritual successor to the old Jedi Knight series from the late 90s and early 2000s, then that would be pretty awesome.
All we know about Fallen Order is what the reveal teaser has shown us. You play a Padawan that survived the execution order 66 which Palpatine set in motion in episode 3. Some gameplay and a release date would certainly be appreciated.
Edit: Gameplay has been revealed, it looks very much like a cross between Sony’s Uncharted series and the old Force Unleashed games. Not sure it’s going to be worth getting on release. I personally don’t get much out of “overly-linear” games.
Age of Empires 4
It’s weird when Microsoft make good decisions, because I find they normally don’t. Firstly, their definitive editions of the original 3 games will be finally coming to steam (death to Microsoft store), and now we should hopefully be getting an insight to the long awaited Age of Empires 4!
AOE was a childhood favourite of mine, all 3 of them. To get a modern follow up is sort of a dream come true. I honestly didn’t think it would happen. We don’t know anything about this game yet though. There’s many theories of what time period it covers, but honestly it’s hard to say. The teasers have all been very bland so far.
So, Microsoft, please give us more at E3! I’m guessing we won’t see this title until next year at some point, but we need to be excited for it in the mean time.
Edit: Thanks Microsoft, for absolutely nothing. The definitive edition of AOE2 is nice and all, but we wanted AOE4!
Information regarding CD Projekt Red’s next huge RPG has been circulating since 2012, before their biggest title yet, The Witcher 3, was anywhere near release! It’s now getting closer and closer to the time we finally get our hands on this bad-boy though.
We’ve already seen close to an hour’s worth of gameplay footage for CP2077, but the devs have since told us that their latest build of the game is vastly different to what we’ve already seen. What we already saw looked splended, and for me I think CDPR are going to be stealing the crown of “RPG King” from Bethesda. To be honest, they already have now I think about it.
Cyberpunk 2077 is alleged to come out this year, but if that’s true then I don’t think it will be until the very end. Hopefully we get more details next week.
Edit: The more I read about CP2077, the less likely it feels it will be out this year. Also, it seems CDPR aren’t doing anything public at E3 if I’m not mistaken? Maybe we will get a reveal at Gamescon in August instead?
Edit 2: We have a release date, FINALLY! 16th April 2020, and we also got a cinematic trailer which features Keanu Reeves, who appears to have a role in the game. Nice.
I could go on and on about games I want to see E3, but I’ll have to stop myself there. Let us know in the comments what you look forward to. I’ll be back to review my predictions after the event.