E3 2018 – Xbox and Bethesda Recap

By Mario Wario

Day 2 began with the Microsoft E3 press conference. For example, 50 games were shown at this event, which included 18 exclusives and 15 world premieres.

The conference began with the debut of Halo Infinite, thanks to a ‘peaceful’ looking trailer (viewable above) that shows Master Chief without his helmet on, but as always, his face was not revealed. This 343 Industries game will be powered by the Slipspace Engine, yet not much was said after that. As such, no release date was posted, but 343 did post some new information on Twitter, so check out their tweet by clicking here.

Moving right along, Phil Spencer (the head of Xbox) had the stage to himself, and basically, it was buffet time. The other major ‘dishes’ were Bethesda’s Fallout 76, Forza Horizon 4 (October 2nd), Crackdown 3 (February 2019), Gears 5 (2019), Devil May Cry 5 (spring 2019), Kingdom Hearts IIIThe Division 2, and Cyperpunk 2077 (no release date yet). A Gears Funko Pop mobile game called Gears Pop! (2019) is happening (which I will play on day one, due to being a Funko Pop!/Gears fan), as well as Gear Tactics for the PC, which will be a turn-based strategy game. Sadly, no release date was given for this new tactical game, so stay tuned on that.

As for Fallout 76, the game will be set in West Virginia, as well as being four times the size of Fallout 4. As for a release date, look for that in the Bethesda press conference. (More on that later!)

Kingdom Hearts III is invading the Frozen world, among many other worlds owned by Disney, and hitting late Saturday night, the gaming community got word of the release date: January 29, 2019. Look for it on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Bandai Namco presented a new game called Jump Force (2019), which will be a new crossover fighting game that will use certain characters from certain anime shows, such as Dragon Ball and Naruto. Now as a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise, this game definitely has my full attention, and I can hardly wait to see more about this game in the coming months. The trailer shown on day 2 was awesome, yet I do want to see some actual gameplay footage soon, rather than a cinematic trailer. (And speaking of which, Gamespot tweeted out the first actual gameplay trailer of Jump Force late last night. It really looks fun to play, yet I am curious to see if the camera system can consistently keep up with the action. So far…looks like it’s doing it’s job.)

Ubisoft’s The Division 2 invaded the press conference with one weapon of choice: gameplay footage that showed Washington, D.C. all devastated, with a crashed Air Force One. Instead of the winter setting like in the first game, it looks like summer is in full swing so no more snow to deal with. The game will launch on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 15, 2019.

Before leaving the Xbox topic, one major piece of news was announced: Microsoft has acquired four studios. These studios are Undead Labs, Ninja Theory, Playground Games, and Compulsion Games. Lastly, a new studio has been created and its name is The Initiative.

In general, it’s nice to see that Microsoft is focusing on the future so heavily thanks to that 5 studios deal. As for the conference itself, it was a good one. Although the games presented yesterday were great, most will be playable on the PlayStation 4. Hopefully those 5 studios mentioned above will change that notion in the near future.

Bethesda, meanwhile, ended the day with its press conference. It got going with Andrew WK performing on-stage, yet after that, many games were shown at last: Fallout 76, Rage 2 (spring 2019), Doom Eternal, The Edler Scrolls: Blades (fall 2018) and Legends (console version later 2018), Wolfenstein Youngbloods (2019), as well as a few VR games and Prey DLC being announced. By the way, a new IP called Starfield is being made and (finally) The Elder Scrolls 6 is officially happening!

The major focus was Fallout 76 towards the end of the press conference, which saw more details being shared to the world. The game is multiplayer-heavy, thus you will be able to team up with your friends online, yet you can play it solo if you must. Finally, you can also build houses and go after nuclear codes in order to use nukes, while fighting off some weird mutated creatures and people.

As for the game’s release date, you can play the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 14. Until then, you can join the beta by pre-ordering the game. (The Fallout 76 trailer is viewable below.)

Overall, as with the Microsoft press conference, this one was good as well. Although it did have some dull moments in-between certain parts of the briefing, and the Andrew WK part didn’t work for me as it delayed the showing of Rage 2. The Fallout 76 presentation was superb, thanks to the detail machine (Bethesda) going into overdrive.

So, there you have it! Day 2 of E3 2018 is in the books, but you can expect more news to drop soon, since the expo itself is about begin this Tuesday. I do expect this year’s expo to be good, regardless of the leaks. I know I am looking forward to this E3!

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