Monday was a very busy day in the world of E3 with the Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony press briefings. In case you missed any them, we will recap the major highlights in this post. Once we have more “in-depth” articles posted about specific announcements we will link to them in this post as well. Consider this your E3 hub on Inside View.
We’ll kick off with Microsoft’s announcements, which included nothing but games for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
After starting a few minutes later than planned, we were quickly greeted with a trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. After this, we found out what is going to happened to our beloved Xbox 360. With the introduction of a newly redesigned system and announcing that current and new Xbox LIVE Gold members will receive two free games to download each month starting in July and going through the end of December.
Continuing on with their conference, the titles that will be available during the sixth annual Summer of Arcade include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Flashback, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and Charlie Murder. Also coming to the 360 are larger titles such as, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V, FIFA 14, and Fable Anniversary.
After shortly discussing the future of the 360, Microsoft moved on to the next generation of Xbox. The Xbox One portion of the conference discussed games and games only. Shown off during the presentation was Forza Motorsport 5, the debut of Dead Rising 3, which will be exclusive to the Xbox One. Also debuting alongside these titles was Crimson Dragon, of which many people believe is perhaps a squeal to Panzer Dragoon. Kinect Sports: Rivals, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, Project Spark, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Sunset Overdrive were also shown; as well as a tease for another Halo game.
Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox LIVE are receiving an upgrade, but during the conference not much was mentioned about these services as the main focus was on gaming. To close out the conference, we finally found out a price and general release window for the Xbox One. We can expect it to release in November for $499, £429 UK, and 499 Euro across 21 supported regions. Numerous retailers are already taking pre-orders for the “Day One” edition of the console.
We will have more in-depth articles posted on each of these, and more over the next few days. Once each article is posted we will link back to it within this article as well.
Up next for the day was EA which kicked off their conference with announcing Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare coming first to the Xbox One and then later on to the Xbox 360. Right before PopCap left the stage, we also got a rather abrupt announcement of Peggle 2, and that is all we know; it’s coming at some point. The Xbox exclusive, Titanfall, developed by Respawn Entertainment was also shown off a little bit. Also announced, was a new entry into the Star Wars: Battlefront series. We do not have much information on the next Battlefront as of this moment. We were told that Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will release next Fall, no other information was released during the conference.
The sports division of Electronic Arts took the stage afterwards, showing off the new NBA LIVE 14 which will be an exclusive to both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Continuing the idea of increasing the realistic detail and precision in sports games is Madden NFL 25 which will be a launch title for both the PS4 and Xbox One. We are also assuming that this title will release on current generation consoles. Also unveiled under the EA Sports lineup was FIFA 14 and a new UFC game.
One of the last things that EA showed us was a rather stunning 64 player Battlefield 4 match. The match showcased the return of Commander Mode, and debuted the “Siege of Shanghai” map. Arriving on November 1st for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC; with it being available on the PS4 and Xbox One later on.
To close out the conference, we got a very small teaser for Mirror’s Edge II. When will it be available? According to the trailer we saw, “when it’s ready”.
Again, we will have more in-depth articles on everything you have read and then some posted later throughout the week.
Next on the docket was Ubisoft, pulling out trailers for a new Rocksmith game, showing off one for Splinter Cell: Blacklist as well as Watch Dogs. It wouldn’t have been a Ubisoft conference without a showing of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag either. A new installment in the Just Dance series, due out in October for current gen systems and November for the Xbox One. We do not have a release window for the Playstation 4 version of the game.
We also received a new trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth. Also announced was a new Trials game entitled Trials Fusion, we’re told it will release on both current and next gen systems next year. Ubisoft also unveiled an open world racing game called The Crew which will let you form a group of friends and try to infiltrate the “510’s”, an underground racing group in Detroit.
To close out the conference, Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy’s The Division which is an open world RPG set in New York three weeks after a deadly virus was released. It is due out for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One next year.
We will have more in-depth articles on these highlights and more posted throughout the week.
Sony was the last press conference for the day, unveiling many new games and releasing a price point and first look at their entry into the next generation of consoles. Wasting no time, Sony quickly brought out the console giving us our first look at the system itself. The console features a modern look that will match todays décor standards; it also features a slimmed down design while still giving developers and players raw power for amazing games. After showing off the console, Sony briefly discussed how entertainment will work on the next gen system.
Sony did not leave out their current gen systems of the PS3 and PS Vita. The Playstation Vita will have an additional 85 plus title being released for it later this year. Some of these titles include Destiny of Spirits, CounterSpy, and Killzone: Mercenary. Also announced to be arriving on the PS Vita is God of War HD 1 and 2, as well as Final Fantasy X and X-2 from Square Enix. Also announced to be coming to the Vita is Telltale Games’ award winning title, The Walking Dead. In honor of this, Sony will be releasing a limited edition bundle that will include a Vita, the first season of the game series and the newly announced episode for season one, 400 Days.
Sony also gave us a little taste of Gran Turismo 6, which will be released this Holiday season. They also announced that Spelunky will be coming to the Vita later this year. Some games to expect on the PS4 are Kingdom Hearts III, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Final Fantasy XV, Knack, and The Order: 1886. Numerous indie developers are also planning on releasing to the PS4 as well.
To close out their conference, for the first time in many years Bungie is back on the Playstation. It was no surprise that Destiny was going to release on both current and next gen systems, during the Sony briefing we received our first look at actual gameplay footage of the game.
The price point was unveiled for the Playstation 4 at $399 US, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349.
And that wraps up our E3 media day recap! We will have much more in-depth articles posted on everything you see in this post and more throughout the following days.