It’s that time of year again. Journalists and gamers have descended upon Los Angeles for E3 2016, where anyone who’s anyone in the gaming industry is showing off the latest in gaming and gaming technology. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the most exciting announcements that have come out this year.
Crash Bandicoot makes his debut in Skylanders
To kick things off with a big dose of nostalgia, Activision have announced that Crash Bandicoot, the de facto Playstation mascot of the mid 90’s, is making his return in Skylanders Imaginators. Early gameplay footage shows that he’s going to play in a very similar fashion as he always has, with his spin and jump attacks apparently still in place. As the icing on the cake, it was also announced that the original first three Crash games are all being remade and released on the PS4.
There have been no brand new consoles announced this year, but Microsoft aren’t content to rest on their laurels. Having seen how popular VR gaming is becoming, they have announced that they are working on Project Scorpio, a 4K ready version of the Xbox One that will support VR play. When released, they promise that it will be the most powerful console ever made.
If, like us, you were devastated at the cancellation of Silent Hills, you’re in luck. Hideo Kojima unveiled his latest project, Death Stranding, with an almost predictably baffling teaser trailer. It features the likeness of Norman Reedus, who was set up to appear in Silent Hills, waking up on a beach with a baby that turns to oil in his hands. Perhaps it will all make sense when the game comes out. Thinking of past Kojima games though, perhaps not.
Microsoft strategy of convergence
In more Microsoft news, they also announced a new strategy where Xbox One games will be playable on PC, and multiplayer games will support ‘crossplay’ between the two platforms. MIcrosoft aren’t worried about how you play their games anymore, as long as you’re playing them. They’ve even publicly reached out to Sony about supporting Xbox – PS4 crossplay.
As is tradition for E3, there was the usual slew of sequels announced to popular titles. Resident Evil 7 was announced with a creepy trailer that shows that the franchise is trying to get back to it’s scary roots, and apparently the whole game will be playable in VR. FIFA 17, this time around, will feature a story mode of all things. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offers a new take on Hyrule, and promises to be a strong title for the Nintendo NX console. Finally, God of War is back (again), featuring Kratos battling Norse gods alongside his son.