Another June, another E3 is in the bags and this year was a rollercoaster of a ride. Before E3 2016 even began the feelings were mixed. EA and Activision decided not to hold E3 press conferences, and this put a bad stigma to E3. Is E3 dying? Will other companies start to also drop out? Sunday started slow, with EA holding a live event to show off their new titles like Battlefield 1, Mass Effect Andromeda and a few others. All in all it was a very ‘ok’ event, with not many surprises and almost no gameplay demos. The day did get better when Bethesda started their show. Unlike last year when Bethesda announced Fallout 4, Bethesda this year felt less exciting. Yes Dishonored 2 looks breathtaking and a new Quake has be very excited, however there was no “Holy S***” moment. So far E3 started off very mediocre, maybe E3 was dying. Then Monday came and these doubts were soon forgotten during the Microsoft Press Conference.
Xbox has come a long way from there Xbox One reveal. They dropped Kinect and have now put a hold on there DVR plans. They have learned gamers want one thing, games. Right off the bat Xbox started with a bang with announcing their leaked Xbox One S, a beautiful more slim and more powerful system that can produce 4K video. After the Xbox One S reveal the rest of the show was about games, from Gears 4 to an awesome looking horror game called We Happy Few the conference was solid. I personally hate scripted stage demos, like the Minecraft reveal, however I can let it slide because they showed a lot of games. At the end of the conference we saw a short video confirming we will be getting a super console codenamed Project Scorpio. There’s not much on details outside the fact that it is coming out next year Holiday 2017 and it having super powerful specs but we are all excited to know more. After the Xbox conference games felt revived. E3 was still alive and we will make sure it survives.
Ubisoft was next. Looking back the Ubisoft conference was very strong, even though there was no surprise announcement other than South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Like Microsoft, Ubisoft was forced to show a big announcement early because of leaks. Watch Dogs 2 was announced the week prior, however it did not stop gamers from falling in love with the E3 demo. However unlike Microsoft after the show was over there was no moment everyone was talking about. The next conference is about to change that however.
A live orchestra throughout the entire conference show flexed its muscles. Sony had very little talking in the form of words, instead they let the games talk for them. God of War was the first trailer shown and with an onstage demo and the foot never let off the throttle. The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Detroit: Becoming Human all had amazing trailers and gameplay shown. However there were plenty of surprises as well. Days Gone, Spider-Man, and Resident Evil 7 to name a few. The biggest announcement was the fact that Crash is coming home! Crash Bandicoot has been a PlayStation favorite and it is getting a remaster along with Crash 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash 3: Warped. This was a truly epic way to end the E3 press conferences and stent a statement to the companies and gaming community. E3 is here, E3 is alive, and E3 isn’t going anywhere.