LOS ANGELES, Calif. (WLUC) The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is the biggest conference in the video game industry.
The show brings game developers large and small to Los Angeles to make announcements and show off upcoming games. There were press conferences held by major publishers on June 12 and 13, then that main show ran from June 14 to 16.
Microsoft set a pretty high bar with their press conference by announcing not one, but two new versions of their current console, Xbox One. First announced was the Xbox One S, which is a significantly smaller version of the console with a little bit more power. The big bombshell was the announcement of Project Scorpio. They say Scorpio will be four and a half times as powerful as the existing Xbox One, which would make it the most powerful console ever existed. All these models of the Xbox One will play the same game library, but those playing on Scorpio will see a dramatic increase in visuals and performance, a move which many worry will result in games running significantly worse on the regular version of the Xbox One.
Not to be outdone, Sony used their press conference to make a strong push for virtual reality, a project they have been working on for quite some time. They announced that the Playstation VR will be coming out on October 13, 2016, and that they plan to have at least 50 games available for the peripheral by the end of the year. Sony showed trailers for several new projects in VR, including versions of Star Wars, Batman, and a new game called Farpoint. Sony seems to be doing a good job convincing developers to work with them to bring interesting titles to VR, so the future looks bright for them, despite being the third VR headset on the market with less power than its PC-centered competitors the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
One of those games announced for VR was Resident Evil 7. The new entry in the series was one of a few games announced at the Sony press conference that were looking to add new life to long running series. Resident Evil 7 took the series back to its horror roots, which many people said it had gotten away from with its recent entries. A new game in the God of War series was also announced and demoed. The game looked quite a bit different than its predecessors, focusing this time on the relationship between protagonist Kratos and his son. It also ditched the Greek setting for one focused on Norse mythology.
Nintendo also demoed the newest game in one of their longest running, legacy franchises. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild showed off several changes to the franchise, promising an experience more epic in scope. The new Zelda will take place in a vast open-world where players have more freedom to explore the land in whatever order they link. Developers are also adding the ability to craft weapons and items, and also forces players to think about environmental features, like temperature. This was the first time the public got their hands on this game, and those in attendance were very impressed.