During the press event of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3 2015 on Monday, the major players in the gaming industry showed their plans for the next year of gaming. More than 50,000 gaming industry attendees packed the Los Angeles convention center to try out new games and hardware.
The crowd welcomed Microsoft’s promise of backward compatibility for Xbox 360 as executives announced that Xbox 360 titles would automatically appear in users’s libraries, without having to pay for games you already own. The company demonstrated a series of games starting from Halo 5 Guardians, followed by games like Gears of War 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza 6, Dark Souls III , and a special version of Minecraft made for the augmented reality headset Hololens.
EA announced a range of games, including a new Mass Effect title. Several updates have been announced for sports games Like NBA 16, which allows players to scan their own faces with a smartphone as a base for a character. Other major announcements include “Mirrors Edge: Catalyst” and “Star Wars Battlefront”. The new Star Wars title will allow players to play as Luke Skywalker and pilot vehicles.
Ubisoft has announced March 8, 2016 as the release date for the delayed “Tom Clancy’s: The Division.” Angela Bassett will feature in “Tom Clancy’s: Rainbow Seige” that is set to release on Oct. 13. “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker unveiled a new game called “South Park: The Fractured but Whole,” along with a new game “For Honor.” The game will feature warriors from all time sand locations, based on the Deadliest Warrior TV show. The publisher also revealed that Tom Clancy and Ghost Recon franchise will get a new installment in the near future.
Sony’s press conference garnered much excitement as they were expected to unveil long-anticipated projects and revival of popular classic games. The much-awaited “The Last Guardian” game was first announced in E3 2009, and players feared that it would never see its release. However, the company showed the footage of the trailer, and is set to release in 2016.
The company showcased new original titles like”Firewatch,” “Horizon: Zero Dawn” that will release in 2016. Sony showed its official support to the Kickstarter campaign of “Shenmue 3.” It also announced that Square Enix will revive the classic Final Fantasy VII.
Sony showcased its virtual reality headset Project Morpheus, and then moved on to PlayStation Vue, Sony’s over-the-top video service. PS Vue has been launched in Greater Los Angeles and in San Francisco Bay Area. The company announced that channels will be available for la carte purchasing.
Nintendo announced its much-anticipated game in the Star Fox series, “Star Fox Zero” that is set to release in the holiday season. The company announced that its “Super Mario Maker,” a DIY level builder. The game will release on September 11, and players can demo the game in Best Buy stores starting Wednesday. The company revealed some details on future releases like “Hyrule Warriors Legend” and “Mario and Luigi Paper Jam,” slated for release in 2016.