How many games were announced this E3? Were they sequels or new titles? Were they indies or mainstream developers? It can be hard to keep track of everything that's showcased at E3 each year, so I've rounded up (almost) every game that could be seen in this year's big showcases.
Overall, I counted 97 games discussed and showcased as part of E3's various conferences — though not all of these games are new, and even less of them have only newly been announced. I'm sure I've missed some, but this should be most of them. For now, let's break them down into a couple of categories:
New Titles: 47
New titles seem to be few and far between in a world where franchises are proven to be safe — and you'll notice that a great deal of these are either indies or new VR titles. Notable entries include the much anticipated Horizon: Zero Dawn and Microsoft's Scalebound, which are joined by newly announced games from this year's E3 like Death Stranding and Days Gone (even if it has been debated whether the former is related to P.T. and the latter to The Last Of Us). Here's the whole list:
Beacon Below Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Bound Cuphead Days Gone
Death Stranding Deliver Us The Moon Detroit: Become Human Dual Universe Eagle Flight Everspace Far Farpoint VR Fe Figment Flint Hook For Honor For The King Friday The 13th Giant Cop Horizon: Zero Dawn INSIDE Lawbreakers Observer Overland Oxygen Not Included Raiders ReCore Respawn's Star Wars Game Scalebound Sea Of Thieves Shadow Tactics Slime Rancher Spider-Man PS4 Stardew Valley Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR Steep The Surge
Existing Franchises: 39
Ah, sequels. Don't we love them? They keep coming and we keep buying them. These are the sequels, remakes and spin-offs that were trotted out this year, with more new games announced than in the previous list. Interesting among these are both God of War and Prey — both games in an existing series that seem to have taken the original name rather than tacking a number on the end. We haven't been told why in the case of God of War, though its official site has the subtitle 'A New Beginning'. Fear, on the other hand, is said to be a re-imagining of the original rather than a direct sequel.
Other interesting reveals include new footage from anticipated follow-ups Dishonored 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda as well as the reveal of a full name for the upcoming Zelda game (finally!).
Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild LEGO The Force Awakens Madden 17 Mafia III Mass Effect: Andromeda Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Outlast II Prey Quake Champions Resident Evil: Biohazard VII Serious Sam VR South Park: Fractured But Whole Star Wars: Battlefront (new) Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing PSVR State Of Decay 2 Tekken 7 Titanfall 2 Trials Of The Blood Dragon Watch Dogs 2
DLC Announced: 6
Who doesn't love some good DLC? A couple of presentations brought out existing games that they want to keep people playing, with announcements for further DLC content. Here are the games that are getting new DLC soon:
Your favourite games, in HD (and VR)! Sometimes there's nothing better than the classics. Here are the remasters that were announced at this year's E3:
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Crash Bandicoot Series DOOM VR Fallout 4 VR Skyrim
Indie Games: 28
While it's increasingly hard to pick which games are indie and which aren't at a huge event like E3, here are some of the games that were showcased this year. They include new games from the makers of indie successes such as Limbo and Layers of Fear, as well as sequels like Outlast II.
A bunch of these games came from Microsoft's [email protected] indie montage — most weren't given more than 30 seconds on screen, while some are already out on other platforms, but these E3-worthy indies are still worth a mention. Here's the full list:
Beacon Below Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Bound Cuphead Deliver Us The Moon Dual Universe Everspace FarFe Figment Flint Hook For The King Giant Cop Hand Of Fate 2
INSIDE Observer Outlast II Overland Oxygen Not Included Shadow Tactics Slime Rancher Stardew Valley The Culling Turing Test Raiders We Happy Few Yooka-Laylee
Female Lead Characters: 6
While I might have missed a couple of indies with female leads, these were the most notable. It's a bit sad, isn't it — only three feature a main female character, two give you the choice between male and female and For Honor gets a special mention for showcasing what appears to be a (playable?) female warrior, along with a female narrator.
Bound Dishonored 2's Emily Kaldwin For Honor Horizon: Zero Dawn's Aloy Mass Effect: Andromeda's female Ryder ReCore's Joule
VR Games: 10
VR is big this year. Sony had a whole section devoted to their upcoming PlayStation VR platform, while Microsoft gave a nod to the concept in the pitch for their new Project Scorpio concept. Interestingly, a few multiplayer VR games were showcased, even though that seems like a pipe-dream in a world where just a single VR set up will set you back at least $1000.
It was a slow year for hardware this year. Microsoft got in on the hardware game with their new Xbox One Slim, and announced Project Scorpio — their next big thing. Sony spent some time with their upcoming PlayStation VR and AMD announced two new cards at the PC Gaming Show. Here's the list:
What are you excited about? What have you already forgotten? Did I get something wrong? Tell us in the comments!