Sony, Ubisoft, and Square-Enix at E3!

Jake Hughes
June 12, 2018 - 10:54 am

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E3 is still going strong! Yesterday, we saw showcases from Square-Enix, Ubisoft, and Sony. Let’s see what they brought to the table.

To start, Square-Enix’s showcase was kind of a joke. They already shot gunned out their most anticipated content on the Microsoft stage. Kingdom Hearts 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Just Cause 4 were all shown at the Xbox event. Square only revealed two, count them, two new games on their own stage, The Quiet Man and Babylon’s Fall. And those didn’t even tell us anything about the games! No gameplay, no genre, and certainly not any sort of release date. Square-Enix seriously dropped the ball this year.

By contrast, Ubisoft showed a lot of new content. The big reveal was information on Beyond Good & Evil 2. Aside from a beautiful pre-rendered cutscene, we only saw some pre-Alpha game footage, which gave away little. Ubi seemed to infer it would have multiplayer in some respect, and we did see a return of the original game’s protagonist, Jade.

Ubi also showed off a sequel to the irreverent motocross game Trials. Trials Rising showed off its zany nature and is releasing in February of 2019. Starlink: Battle for Atlantis showed off insane space-fighter action, promised an Amibo-styled toy interface, and even a cameo of Fox McCloud form Star Fox for the Switch version, and comes out on all consoles on October 16th of this year. They even gave a little Arwing toy to Star Fox creator and Nintendo guru Shigeru Miyamoto. Aww, Isn’t that sweet?

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 was a focal point. They showed off the multiplayer aspect with in-game footage, and promised to have up to eight-player raids. The game takes place in Washington, DC, seven months after the outbreak that prompted the first game. Ubisoft has made it clear that they listened to fan’s somewhat lukewarm reaction to the original, and have pained to make sure the sequel is better in every aspect.

Finally, Ubi showed off the new Assassin’s Creed game, Odyssey. The game takes place in ancient Greece. In a first for the series, you can choose to play as either a man or a woman, though there are no gameplay or story differences between the two. The game seems to play a lot like the previous entry, Origins, but with a remade UI that seems to have been stolen from The Witcher III. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a bit lazy to rip off another more successful game’s interface. Odyssey releases on October 5th.

And finally, we move on to the big boy, Sony. As I suspected, Sony mainly played it safe, focusing on their four big titles, but they did let a few surprises slip. The show started with a bang as they debuted a story and gameplay trailer for The Last of Us: Part II. In it, we see the first game’s protagonist Ellie All grown up, and even smooching with a love interest. Then, it almost jarringly cuts to her shanking a dude in the forest, followed by about 5 minutes of intense stealth combat. It ended with the smooching again, which, in my mind, speaks to how much the story and gameplay interweave. No release date, dammit, but based on what I saw, I’m more than willing to wait for this game.

Next up was an extended trailer and gameplay of Ghosts of Tsushima from Infamous developers Sucker Punch. The game looked beautiful, and showed a lot of combat, stealth, and story. No release date, sadly, but this is one to watch.

Speaking as myself for a moment, I totally fanboy’d out when they showed a trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake, and geeked out even harder when they gave a release date of January 25th, 2019. So close, yet oh so far away…

After that, we got a very frustrating look at Death Stranding, the latest from “too weird for his own good” developer Hideo Kojima. I say frustrating because the trailer, which lasted a bit over five minutes, tells us literally nothing about the game! It was just extended looks of The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus walking across, admittedly beautiful, set pieces with no context. We saw fetuses in jars, a lady eating a worm or something, and what looked like Reedus shoving a wire up his butt. But story, gameplay, or any sort of hints as to what the Hell it is? Oh, no, that wouldn’t be “Kojima” enough! We can guess by one segment that it will include stealth mechanics, which I will admit Kojima knows well from Metal Gear Solid, but beyond that? No clue. And of course it doesn’t have a release date yet.

A lot of gameplay footage was shown for Spider-Man, which releases September 7th. The web slinger’s moves seem flashy and tighter than ever, so I, for one, am definitely going to pick it up.

Sony also teased a sequel to last year’s hit samurai game Nioh, as well as a very short trailer for Destiny 2: Forsaken, and some remastered maps for Call of Duty Black Ops III. Also, I was super hyped to find out that yes, From Software is developing a PS4 only game. However, I was kinda confused by it. It’s not Bloodborne 2, but instead it seems to be some narrative-focused VR-only game. Huh.

That’s it for now! All that’s left is Nintendo, and they usually steal the show, so stay tuned for more!

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