It’s been an exciting month for game developers and gamers - last week was Apple’s WWDC and this week is E3 2014 (with Google IO later in month). Take a look at our recap of some of the biggest video game announcements from the big three console makers.
This year, Nintendo didn’t actually take the stage physically at E3 - instead, they did their announcements digitally via Nintendo Direct. The event started off humorously with a live action video between Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, and things really took off from there. Key announcements:
- The Wii U is getting a brand new, beautiful looking and open-world Zelda sometime in 2015.
- Super Smash Bros. is still slated for release on 3DS and Wii U later this year - albeit slightly delayed. Surprisingly, the game will feature non-Nintendo characters such as Pac-Man and Sonic - which were competitors of Nintendo during the 80’s/90’s. You’ll also be able to play as your Mii avatar.
- New Pokemon titles are coming - Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, slated for release on November 21.
- Nintendo is getting into the Skylanders/augmented reality figurines game with Amiibo.
Microsoft had a lot of pressure at E3 this year, as they’ve made a rocky transition into next-gen gaming with the Xbox One. While their flagship console is focused as an all-in-one media experience, Microsoft focused on gaming during their press conference. Key announcements:
- The Xbox One is getting a new Call of Duty title, called Advanced Warfare - the 11th game in the series. Expect the game to hit shelves during the holidays.
- Forza Horizon 2 is coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360, taking open world elements from the first game and using the game engine from Forza 5.
- Microsoft’s upcoming create-your-own sandbox game will feature Conker.
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection will bring Halo 1-4 to Xbox One later this fall, with everything at 1080p resolution and 60FPS. Halo 5: Guardians also got teased.
- Tom Clancy’s The Division got teased again, looks promising.
- Destiny, Bungie’s latest post-Halo IP is coming soon and it looks beautiful.
Last year, Sony took the crown at E3 and earlier this year the electronics giant made some huge buzz at CES. As the PS4 continues to gain traction and lead the next-gen console war, Sony had some exciting gaming announcements to make. Key announcements:
- Destiny is coming to the PS4, along with a brand new white version of the console.
- 25 free to play games are coming to Playstation platforms.
- The Order: 1886 is a new Sony PS4-exclusive IP, coming early 2015.
- The Playstation TV, otherwise known as the Vita TV is coming to the US.
- Uncharted: A Thief's End is coming in 2015 and will run in 1080p at 60fps.