E3 2017 hasn’t quite kicked off yet, with the doors set to open today. The annual event is always headed by extravagant press conferences, with Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, Ubisoft and Bethesda all holding their own little pre-show thing to celebrate their upcoming releases.
Being a lone wolf bogged down by jet lag, I struggled to get everything up and online while they were being announced. So itself, I’ve taken the biggest and most important announcements from each press conference, and put them in one easy-to-read article.
So let’s check out the best moments from E3 2017 so far.
Xbox One X unveiling, pricing, and date
As expected, Microsoft finally lifted the lid off Xbox One X, formerly codenamed Xbox Scorpio. We got all the information wanted and needed out the Xbox E3 press briefing, including price, release date, and specs.
The console will sell for $499 USD/ $649 AUD and will launch on November 7.
Original Xbox games coming to Backwards Compatibility
This came as a bit of a shock, as recent news about a small user base invested in backwards compatibility put the future of the feature on shaky ground. Microsoft instead confidently announced original Xbox backwards compatibility, using Xbox classic Crimson Skies as the way to showcase and celebrate the feature.
Ori and the Will Of The Wisps announced
It was important that Microsoft brought the exclusives to E3 2017, and while it’s still lacking in the exclusives department, it certainly strengthened its lineup with the likes of Ori and the Will of the Wisps, as well as a spectacular lineup of ID@Xbox titles.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins announced
The rumours turned out to be true. Assassin’s Creed is heading to Egypt.
A new Metro is on the way
This one came a bit out of left field, and while the “gameplay” trailer paints a game that is still very early in development, the setting and presentation makes it tough not to be excited about this latest Metro entry.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds coming to Xbox
Player Unknown’s Battleground will make its console debut exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox One X. There’s no release date but we can guess it will hit before the end of the year, sometime in November.
The Evil Within 2 announced
One of only two worthwhile announcements out of the Bethesda conference. The Evil Within 2 launches October 13.
Wolfenstein: The New Colossus revealed
And the second big reveal from Bethesda.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 finally announced
Ubisoft’s press conference — arguably the best out of E3 — was filled with wonderful passion projects and a lot of really emotional designers and developer.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 certainly ignited a lot of nostalgia and passion among the gaming community.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom rumours were true
The rumours were circling for a while, but Ubisoft finally confirmed Mario + Rabbids Kindom. The game’s being called a “tactical adventure” and looks to be truly unlike anything we’ve seen from Ubisoft and definitely Nintendo.
Shadow of the Colossus is being remade
You can put this one in the “shock” file for now because no one saw this coming. Will the game still hold up more than a decade since release? Details are scarce but it’ll be interesting to see how it holds up.
Monster Hunter World looks to reinvent the franchise
It took a while for the audience to click on, but once the Monster Hunter logo came up on the screen, the crowd in attendance went utterly bonkers. This looks to completely turn the franchise on its head.
Metroid Prime 4 announced
Metroid Prime 4 is in development for Nintendo Switch. Enough said.
Pokemon game in development for Switch
Could this be the heavily rumoured Pokemon Stars we’ve heard so much about? We don’t know anything apart from the fact it’s being developed by Game Freak, so we’ll have to work with that for now.
Rocket League on its way to Switch
Perhaps as way to enhance the game’s eSports credentials, Rocket League is making its way to Switch. Portable, on-the-go Rocket League? You can’t say no to that!