E3 2019: All the games we expected to see, and some we didn’t

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the biggest gaming convention of the year, and there are an overwhelming number of games confirmed to be on display. If you want to get caught up on what to expect, here’s our roundup of the games at E3 2019.

Confirmed games for E3 2019

Battletoads

Remember Battletoads? You probably don’t in you’re under the age of 30, but the notoriously difficult action-platformer has a reboot coming and doesn’t care if you recognize it. While it appears to roughly mimic the first game, Battletoads is a completely new game with thoroughly modern graphics. Will it be almost impossible to beat? We’ll have to wait and see, because a release date wasn’t announced. It will be exclusive to Xbox.

Blair Witch

Among the more surprising games is Blair Witch, which is exactly what you’d expect — a first person horror game that will have something to do with a camera. The story follows a man on a mission to rescue the young protagonists from the original film but, of course, things don’t as planned. It’s coming August 30 for PC and Xbox.

Bleeding Edge

Ninja Theory’s next game will be far different from its sleeper hit Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Ahead of the Xbox E3 press conference, leaked footage of a player-versus-player third-person action game called Bleeding Edge was made available online. Its colorful art style and cast of characters have drawn comparisons to Anarchy Reigns. This will be the first game Ninja Theory has developed since being acquired by Microsoft, but it was apparently in the works before that deal was made. A technical Alpha will be available on June 27.

Borderlands 3

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Borderlands 3 has already been fully unveiled, with a look at the areas we’ll be exploring – some of which aren’t on Pandora – and the villains we’ll be facing. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has also shared that during E3 2019, we’ll get a look at another new planet as well as a new Vault Hunter. Because Sony won’t be attending E3 this year, this will likely be during either the Xbox conference or the PC Gaming Show. It’s difficult to demonstrate an open-world loot-based shooter in such a small time period, but showing off a new weapon or crazy boss would be wonderful.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

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Just revealed with a cinematic trailer and gameplay details in May, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a reimagined take on the games that launched Call of Duty into superstardom. It will star some of the original trilogy’s familiar characters, but it will not be a direct remake of the earlier games. With disturbing, violent scenes and the return of campaign mode, Infinity Ward is going all-out. After the disappointing Infinite Warfare and Ghosts, it certainly needs to make a splash. The new engine and focus on classic Call of Duty action could be just thing to make that happen.

Carrion

Phobia Games and Devolver Digital announced Carrion, a “reverse horror” game where you play a monster that looks ripped straight from Stranger Things. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to murder helpless scientists and fight back against humanity’s futile effort to contain you. The game will arrive on PC and consoles in 2020.

Cyberpunk 2077

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CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 is regarded as one of the best role-playing games of all time, and the studio is taking a very different direction with Cyberpunk 2077. In addition to the futuristic setting and firearm-based combat, it’s played from a first-person perspective. We’re not convinced the game will release this year or even for this generation of systems, but perhaps we’ll get some clarity during E3. A release date would be an unlikely bit of icing on the very delicious cake.

Darksiders Genesis

Didn’t Darksiders III release less than a year ago? Yes, it did, but THQ Nordic is wasting no time on another game in a completely different genre. Darksiders Genesis is a top-down action-role-playing game similar to the Diablo series, developed by Airship Syndicate rather than Gunfire Games. It stars Strife, the only horseman we haven’t controlled yet, and will release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia later this year.

Deathloop

A vague announcement, Deathloop shows combatants who seem to be locked in an endless loop of battle. The trailer hints that it’s a competitive action game with plenty of repetition. The characters are also shown using powers, like the classic “force push” and teleportation. Details are scarce beyond that, but hey, the trailer looks sweet!

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal is the only fully confirmed game to appear at Bethesda’s E3 2019 Showcase, but could you ask for a better headliner? The sequel to 2016’s rebooted Doom moves the fight with demons to Earth, but it still gives you access to all the weapons and tools you’ll need to deliver the pain. With multiplayer developed in-house at Id Software instead of outsourced this time around, we’d love to get a taste during the show.

Dying Light 2

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The first Dying Light took the open-world first-person zombie action of Dead Island and added a healthy dose of parkour. The sequel isn’t going to just rehash old ideas, however, as it’s being written by legendary game scribe Chris Avellone and will feature a more living world (despite the zombies). If you wanted a zombie apocalypse game that makes you think, Dying Light 2 could just be the game for you. That is, of course, if you aren’t experiencing “zombie fatigue” at this point.

Elden Ring

A collaboration between From Software and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring’s trailer is a real work of art. It shows wonderfully bizarre creatures and hints at the game’s world, which looks very grim indeed. As for the rest of the game, well…the announcement leaves you guessing. But wow. Just look at it. The game will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox, at some unknown date in the future.

FIFA 20

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Another game confirmed to appear at EA Play 2019 is FIFA 20. Consistently one of the best sports game franchises around, the FIFA series nonetheless continues to have competition from Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer. Significant gameplay changes, or a higher-quality version for the Nintendo Switch, could go a long way toward restoring players’ faith in Electronic Arts. It will also have to do so without Alex Hunter’s The Journey mode, which wrapped up last year.

Gears 5

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The Coalition will show off Gears 5 at E3 2019 after it was officially announced during the Microsoft press conference last year. During that appearance, we primarily learned about the game’s protagonist Kait and the inter-squad conflict threatening to throw a wrench in the gears of their war with the Swarm. We’d count on seeing more campaign gameplay during E3 2019, and with the game also having a panel at the E3 Coliseum with Geoff Keighley, this could be an opportunity to show off multiplayer.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint was revealed in May with a surprisingly large gameplay demonstration, which not only showed off the changes made since Wildlands, but also dove into the game’s story involving soldiers gone rogue. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference unless the focus is on either the new raid or competitive multiplayer. Either way, it has already been confirmed for the press conference.

GhostWire: Tokyo

The latest game from The Evil Within studio Tango Gameworks, GhostWire: Tokyo ditches the survival-horror genre we’ve come to expect from Tango. Instead, the game will be an action-adventure with supernatural elements, set after a mysterious event causes people to vanish out of thin air. We will encounter supernatural entities during the story, some of whom will be friendly while others will be dangerous.

Halo Infinite

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Halo Infinite got an announcement at Microsoft’s press conference last year, but essentially nothing else – it was really just intended to reveal the game’s new Slipspace Engine. We know the game will put Master Chief back in the spotlight, but because Halo Infinite still appears to be quite early in development, anything more than a snippet of a campaign level of a cinematic trailer further detailing the story is unlikely.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

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One of the greatest games released for the original Game Boy, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening proved that handheld games could be just as engaging as full console games. The 2019 remake is a drastic visual overhaul, giving Link a cute, almost doll-like look but retaining the setting and locations fans have come to love. It should be a more traditional Zelda game than Breath of the Wild, and we’re glad Nintendo continues to give old-school fans what they want, and we will see more of this title during the Nintendo Direct at E3.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Because Traveller’s Tales has been making Lego Star Wars games for more than a decade, some have aged better than others, and it’s an odd experience to go back and play them all again. This is being rectified with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, a new game that covers the events of all nine main films in the series. It retains that classic Lego sense of humor, and serves as the perfect entry point for newcomers.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

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Speaking of games we know almost nothing about, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming for Nintendo Switch! Though the original GameCube game was underwhelming, the 3DS sequel Dark Moon was a charming blend of exploration, action, and puzzles. If a Switch game can find this same balance and use the console’s unique features for paranormal investigations, it could very well be the best one yet.

Madden NFL 20

The undisputed and only king of NFL football games, Madden NFL 20, will appear at EA Play 2019. Though Longshot mode won’t be returning, the new game will add “X-Factors” for 50 of the biggest stars in the league, giving them a chance to have a huge impact on their team’s success. The time between plays has also been reduced, and changes have been made to defensive gameplay to make it more engaging and less frustrating.

Read our hands-on preview.

Marvel’s Avengers

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Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics had previously announced “The Avengers Project,” and its final name has been revealed as Marvel’s Avengers. A panel description for the game on E3’s website, described it as an action-adventure title with single-player and cooperative elements, as well as “continuous” gameplay. It certainly sounds like one of the biggest games the publisher has even released, and we’ll have to see exactly what form it takes during the Square Enix press conference.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

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A new Marvel Ultimate Alliance game in 2019 seemed like a crazy dream, but making it a Switch exclusive was even more unexpected. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a return to the classic action-role-playing goodness fans know and love, but with the Switch’s added portability meaning you can play it almost everywhere. The game’s mere existence is enough to excite fans, and it will be playable at the show.

Minecraft Dungeons

Microsoft is finally letting Minecraft spread its wings and fly…away to create new games. Minecraft Earth, a mobile AR games, was announced in May, and now we have Minecraft Dungeons. It’s an action-RPG with cute Minecraft graphics, familiar enemies, and lots of loot. It will support four player co-op and mayhem. The game will be coming to PC and consoles in spring of 2020.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps builds on what made Ori and the Blind Forest so great, with additional combat options, gorgeous new areas, and a refined art style. We’ve seen trailers for the title during the last few E3 presentations from Microsoft, each looking better than the last, but this year we finally learned that the game will release for Xbox One and PC on February 11, 2020.

The Outer Worlds

Obsidian Entertainment is now a first-party studio for Microsoft, and the developer got a chance to show off its upcoming science-fiction RPG shooter The Outer Worlds during the Xbox E3 2019 press conference. The game looks to blend elements of Obsidian’s past work with a visual style that is pure BioShock, complete with powerful weapons and special abilities. It will be available on October 25.

Phantasy Star Online 2

Phantasy Star Online 2 actually isn’t a new game, as it was released back in 2012 – but only in Japan. Now the game is finally coming to North America thanks to a partnership with Xbox, with the release anticipated in spring of 2020. It’ll add another selection to the small group of MMOs available on a home console.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be at E3 2019, but the question is just how much of the games will be there? Just a week earlier, The Pokémon Company released a video presentation focused solely on the two games, but we’d like to see how they will interact with other Switch or mobile Pokémon games during the Nintendo Direct at E3.

Psychonauts 2

A trailer for the sequel to cult classic Psychonauts was shown after Microsoft announced its purchase of Double Fine Studios. The trailer showed a game that looks very much like the original, though with updated graphics and modern production values. Psychonauts 2 will appear on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox later this year.

Spiritfarer

One of the most unique games shown during the Xbox conference, Spiritfarer looks to be part adventure game, part building game, and part life simulator. With a theme of how we must let things we love go, it largely takes place on a floating home that can be expanded to suit your needs. It looks like a playable cartoon, complete with a charming lead character we can’t wait to learn more about.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

EA Play 2019 will be different than in years past, without a traditional press conference. However, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be given a 30-minute livestream segment on June 8. This will likely be the first time we see gameplay from the action-adventure game, developed by Titanfall and Apex Legends studio Respawn Entertainment. With EA having a bit of a critical meltdown over the last year, Fallen Order has to make a big splash.

Tales of Arise

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Leaked prior to its official announcement on Sunday, Tales of Arise is the latest game in Bandai Namco’s long-running role-playing series. They’ve never been particularly known for their visual fidelity, but Arise‘s engine manages to keep the classic JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) visuals while also making a game that looks stunning regardless of genre. With giant fiery dragons and magical abilities, it’s still very much a Tales game, but one that feels made for today.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

The first two Trine games were polished action-puzzler games with a charming atmosphere, but the franchise went off the rails with a third installment that introduced 3D gameplay. Developer Frozenbyte has realized the error of its ways and returned to 2D with Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, which stars three heroes on a magical adventure. It might not be the biggest game to appear at E3 2019, but the passion that goes into creating the Trine titles is undeniable.

Watch Dogs Legion

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Watch Dogs 2 was a huge step up from the original game, moving the setting to San Francisco and injecting plenty of humor into its hackers-versus-the-world story. For the third game, reports indicate it will be set in London, a location we’re excited to explore and exploit. With a unique spin on multiplayer and a nice blend of stealth and action, it’s one of Ubisoft’s best (and most underappreciated) franchises, and it deserves more attention than it has received so far. Ubisoft has also confirmed that the third game is called Watch Dogs Legion, and has heavily implied that rumors regarding controlling any character you encounter in the game are true. If that’s the case, it’s a massively ambitious spin on the series.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Cyberpilot

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Spin-off and sequel to Wolfenstein II, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is due to release this July. We saw more gameplay from it at Bethesda’s E3 Showcase and, as expected, it looks like a gory good time. The VR game Cyberpilot, meanwhile, puts you in the role of a hacker. A hacker of mechs, guns, and other things that can help the French Resistance mow down Nazis. Both games release on July 26.

Games we expect to see at E3 2019

Rainbow Six Quarantine

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Rainbow Six Siege is nearly four years old, and it appears Ubisoft is ready to move to the next entry in its tactical shooter franchise. The shooter is reportedly titled Rainbow Six Quarantine and is focused on cooperative shooting rather than competitive multiplayer. No footage of the title has been revealed thus far, but it was apparently made after the cancellation of a separate science-fiction game.

Ubisoft role-playing game

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Speaking of games we know almost nothing about, Ubisoft is also reportedly planning to unveil a small action-role-playing game at E3. According to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, the game’s art style is similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it’s code-named “Orpheus.” We’ll almost certainly hear more information on the title during Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference.

Roller Champions

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Ahead of Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, a roller derby game titled Roller Champions was allegedly leaked. It appears to be an action-packed multiplayer title, and though we weren’t exactly crossing our fingers for a roller-blade-focused game in 2019, we’re optimistic for its potential. After all, who thought of something like Splatoon before Nintendo announced it? The best game ideas are often the ones we didn’t even realize we wanted!

Animal Crossing

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Nintendo announced a new Animal Crossing game for Switch a few months ago, and that is all the company did. The franchise’s fans are insatiable, but information about connectivity with other players or the expanded customization options compared to New Leaf would be welcome. We’d be on the game getting bumped to 2020 given how little we know about it thus far, but Nintendo is full of surprises.

Super Mario Maker 2

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We’ve already played Super Mario Maker 2 and love the new skins and features it’s bringing to the make-your-own-level formula, but there are still some unknowns in the upcoming Switch game. What is the final style going to be? Can we really not play online with friends? The game’s appearance at E3 2019 needs to answer some questions more than anything else, as it releases just a few weeks later.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Another game set to release a short time after E3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the first mainline Fire Emblem game to hit Nintendo Switch. We’ve learned plenty of details about the combat changes and characters, but we haven’t seen much of it in action. Expect some strategy gameplay and perhaps a new cinematic during the Nintendo Direct presentation.

Astral Chain

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Astral Chain was an unexpected surprise when it was announced during a previous Nintendo Direct presentation, and we’re dying to know more about the action game from PlatinumGames. Director by the lead designer of Nier: Automata and featuring a similar combat style, its police theme is starkly different from Automata, and its partner system puts a nice twist on the formula. It’s scheduled to launch this August, so we should get a nice chunk of gameplay.

Babylon’s Fall

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PlatinumGames seems to be working on 30 different titles at any one time, and one that was announced during Square Enix’s 2018 E3 press conference was Babylon’s Fall. We only got a cinematic trailer and only the slightest details on its future-meets-semi-medieval storyline, but as with any PlatinumGames title, we really need to see the swords swing before we can make up our minds. Square Enix needs to have gameplay prepared for this one.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Final Fantasy VII Remake still exists, as Sony and Square Enix showed during the most recent PlayStation State of Play presentation. We got a look at the combat and pre-rendered cutscenes during that presentation, but we need more concrete information on when and how the remake will release. Gorgeous trailers are only good if we can actually plan on playing the game ourselves.

Games we didn’t see (s0 far)

Starfield

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Announced with a mere logo at E3 2019, Bethesda’s upcoming science-fiction game Starfield will be absent from its E3 Showcase this year. We’ll have to keep wondering exactly what the hell the game actually is for at least another year, as it’s likely coming to next-generation systems.

The Elder Scrolls VI

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We got even less news about The Elder Scrolls VI from Bethesda’s E3 2018 Showcase, with the game’s full title not even being unveiled. The game will also be skipping E3 2019, and we’re willing to bet it will also be skipping the next few years of conferences. You’ll have to keep enjoying Skyrim on every imaginable platform for now.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

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Despite making significant progress — to the point of Ubisoft already showing off some gameplay — Beyond Good & Evil 2 will not make an appearance at E3 2019. The beta is still apparently planned for later this year, but we’re willing to bet that the game actually gets bumped into 2020 and has a flashy appearance at E3 2020.

Skull & Bones

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Another Ubisoft game that will be absent from its E3 press conference is Skull & Bones. Recently delayed into 2020, the pirate multiplayer game takes the naval combat of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and expands on it. Because of the online element, it’s better that it gets delayed than risk launching in an unstable state, even if that means it doesn’t appear at E3 this year.

Assassin’s Creed

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Ubisoft hasn’t outright denied that an Assassin’s Creed will be shown this year, but we’re putting it in this category because the company isn’t releasing a new game in 2019. In the past, Assassin’s Creed games have been announced in the same year they’re released, and we don’t see the next game being any different. For what’s it’s worth, however, it will likely feature Vikings.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding will release as a PlayStation 4 exclusive, at least at first, on November 8. Because Sony isn’t attending E3 2019, however, that means we won’t be hearing about the game during the show. Kojima Productions’ latest game is one of the weirdest pieces of media we’ve ever seen, involving adult umbilical cords, babies that can detect monsters, and beached whales. We have no idea what any of that means, and we won’t be finding out at E3.

The Last of Us: Part II

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Perhaps the most-anticipated game to not appear at E3 2019, Sony’s The Last of Us: Part II is a sequel to a game that arguably didn’t need one. However, Naughty Dog isn’t content to make a pure by-the-numbers follow-up, putting you in control of Ellie several years after the first game. It’s shaping up to be just as gruesome and emotional as its predecessor, but with fans’ expectations through the roof, Sony will need to make sure the game is basically perfect before it launches.

Ghost of Tsushima

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The third major game from Sony that will not be appearing at E3 2019, Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game set in feudal Japan. It sounds similar to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice or Nioh based on that description, but the game ditches the fantasy elements for a down-to-earth, Kurosawa-like take on the genre. Swords clash and characters fall to the ground with limited theatrics, and the game’s gorgeous environments are captivating, to say the least. It’s far different from Sucker Punch’s previous titles, and we look forward to learning more soon.

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