Saturday, June 10
Electronic Arts’ EA Play media show spent the majority of its conference on Star Wars Battlefront II, including showing off a full 20v20 multiplayer match. Other news included a new co-op adventure from the developer of Brother’s: A Tale of New Sons, gameplay from Need for Speed Payback, the first major DLC expansion for Battlefield 1, and more sports gaming news for Madden NFL 18, NBA Live 18, and FIFA 18.
Microsoft’s E3 show didn’t waste any time. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, took the stage to reveal the Xbox One X, the new 4k console coming this November. The show was dominated by trailer after trailer of exclusive new games coming to Xbox One over the next year. We also saw gameplay footage of Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, BioWare’s new co-op sci-fi game Anthem, Sea of Thieves and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.
Bethesda E3 2017
Sunday, June 11
Bethesda hosted a very late night press conference that lasted only 40 minutes. Bethesda is known for The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, but in the last few years have expanded into other series like Prey, Doom, Dishonored, and Woflenstein.
The short but succinct event continued to use the “Bethesdaland” theme to reveal new content for nearly every series and franchise, including Skyrim on Nintendo Switch, Dishonored 2 DLC, Elder Scrolls: Legends expansion, and a new paid mod system called Creation Club. Two new sequels were also announced: The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Order. All the announced games and content are coming later this year.
PC Gaming Show
Monday, June 12
The PC Gaming Show is hosted by PC Gamer, sponsored by Intel, and emceed by Sean “Day9” Plott. It focuses on many games coming to PC (as well as other platforms) with a particular focus on smaller indie titles. Firaxis announced their new expansion for XCOM 2, and we saw new trailers for Ooblets, GriftLands, Ylands, Tunic, and a Killing Floor 2 seasonal event. We got an extended look at Battletech, Mount and Blade, and Wargroove. Cliff Blezsinki also revealed LawBreakers release date and pricing. Finally Microsoft revealed a new Age of Empires HD remaster.
Monday, June 12
For the first time in years Ubisoft ditched their E3 host Aisha Tyler and stuck with CEO Yves Guillemot and some Ubisoft developers to show off their new stable of games. Ubisoft had one of the most exciting press conferences of E3 with many brand new announcements, including Skull and Bones, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and the shockingly fantastic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2. We also saw more South Park, Assassins’s Creed, Just Dance, a Steep expansion, and Far Cry 5.
Monday, June 12
Sony’s press conference was light on the sizzle and even lighter on the new games. We did get an announcement for a new Horizon: Zero Dawn expansion called The Frozen Wilds and Monster Hunter: World. Many of the games Sony showed during last year’s E3 have yet to come out. We got deeper looks into Detroit: Becoming Human, Spider-Man, and Days Gone. Sony had the largest VR presence, with several new games coming to PSVR.
Tuesday, June 13
Nintendo has settled into a comfortable routine each E3 with a pre-recorded, shorter event that highlights new games. This year they could take advantage of having released a brand new console earlier in the year. The Nintendo Switch completely dominated the show, with new trailers for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Breath of the Wild DLC, and Super Mario Odyssey. Nintendo had reveal trailers for new Kirby and Yoshi Switch games. We were also teased with Metroid Prime 4 and a new untitled Pokémon game.