5 things we learned from the gaming expo in Los Angeles
he Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is fully up and running in Los Angeles with all the major players in the gaming world making big announcements. We pick out five things we have learned so far…
IT’S ALL ABOUT VR FOR SONY
Sony announced that its PlayStation VR will be launched in October. The virtual reality headset, which requires a PS4 console, will have at least 50 games available at launch. One of the big titles will be Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham. The role-playing game Final Fantasy XV, horror sequel ‘Resident Evil VII and sci-fi shoot-’em-up Star Wars Battlefront will also all have VR modes.
As well as VR, Sony also announced details of an all-new Spider-Man adventure from Insomniac Games for PlayStation 4.
A SMALLER, FASTER XBOX ONE
Xbox One is shrinking in size and growing in power. Microsoft unveiled a new, slimmer version of the video game console coming later this year and teased a more powerful one that’s due in 2017.
The company says the white Xbox One S is 40 per cent smaller than the original black Xbox One and will feature support for high-definition 4K video.
Other changes include moving the USB ports to the front of the console, adding a built-in infrared blaster and eliminating the port for the motion-detecting Kinect camera system.
EA TEASES NEW STAR WARS GAMES
Electronic Arts is leaning heavily on The Force with teasers for three forthcoming games set in the Star Wars universe. The games include a new edition of Star Wars Battlefront inspired by the recent films from DICE and Motive Studios, an action-adventure game with an original story from Visceral Games and a third-person action game from Respawn Entertainment.
Other games EA hyped during its one-hour E3 news conference included the grappling-hook enhanced Titanfall 2; the World War I-set shooter Battlefield 1; the storyfocused football simulator FIFA 17; and the spaceexploring saga Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is set in an all-new realm.
UBISOFT GOES ‘STEEP’
For its next open-world game, Ubisoft is combining collaborative multiplayer action with snowy extreme sports. The video game publisher capped off its presentation with a first look at Steep. The game will set players loose on a virtual rendition of the Alps where they can ski, snowboard, paraglide and base-jump from mountain cliffs. It’s a topic the game’s creators know well. The development of Steep is being led by Ubisoft’s studio at the base of the Alps in Annecy, France. Ubisoft also showcased the superhero-themed South Park: The Fractured But Whole, virtual reality starship simulator Star Trek: Bridge Crew, open-world tactical shooter Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, and hand-to-hand battle game For Honor.
FLAGS AT HALF-MAST
The flags outside E3 are flying at half-mast in honour of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. However, it will seemingly be business as usual inside the video game industry’s annual trade show this week. E3 kicked off with flashy presentations featuring footage of upcoming games - many of which depict unrelenting gun violence - from Electronic Arts, Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft, Ubisoft and Sony.
WATCH YOUR STEP: A scene from Ubisoft’s new release Steep