E3 2017 draws to a close, and with it end the incredible announcements from top gaming companies such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Though this year may not have been as exciting as previous years, some great announcements were made that fulfilled the wants and desires of many a video game fan.
In no particular order, here’s the list of announcements we’re most excited for:
1. Kirby for Nintendo Switch
We just can’t get enough of Kirby, and apparently Nintendo can’t either! Our favorite little pink blob returns, starring in his own game for the Nintendo Switch. Kirby (working title) features improved graphics and a buddy system returning to the game where Kirby can befriend his enemies such as Sir Kibble, Poppy Bros. Jr. and of course, Waddle Dee. Another fun mechanic has been introduced where Kirby can combine his copy abilities with those of his friends, to create new abilities such as a Fire Sword or a Chilly Stone.
2. Metroid Prime 4
Much to the chagrin of those joking about its return, Nintendo has confirmed a return of beloved and beautiful bounty hunter Samus Aran. Though the trailer isn’t much to look at, it confirms that the game is in development for the Nintendo Switch. Perhaps the most surprising part of the announcement (outside of the announcement itself), is the confirmation that Retro Studios will not be returning to work on this game. Nintendo designer and producer Kensuke Tanabe is leading the project with a “talented new development team.” Fans that promised pizza and money in return for a Metroid Prime 4 announcement sure seem to be in trouble now.
3. Core Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch
Many of the most exciting announcements at E3 were hints towards upcoming titles. The Pokemon Direct from last week was a bit of a disappointment for hardcore fans who were expecting a release of Pokemon Sun & Moon for the Nintendo Switch or remakes for fan-favorite region Sinnoh. However, Tsunekazu Ishihara from The Pokemon Company confirmed that Game Freak has begun development on a core RPG Pokemon title for the Nintendo Switch. Any announcement that confirms more Pokemon is a great announcement in our book!
4. New amiibo!
Whether you collect Amiibo for fun or use them in your games, the announcement of more Amiibo is always a good thing (or a bad thing for your wallet!). Nintendo has confirmed numerous new Amiibo for many different titles. The confirmed Amiibo are
- Koopa Troopa, Goomba, Wedding Mario, Wedding Peach, Wedding Bowser (Super Mario Odyssey)
- Urbosa, Revali, Daruk, Mipha (Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
- Chrom, Tiki (Fire Emblem Warriors)
- Samus Aran, Metroid (Metroid: Return of Samus)
5. Monster Hunter
Capcom surprised us with not one, but two Monster Hunter announcements during this year’s E3. Monster Hunter World for PS4 and Xbox One shows us a deviation from the usual structure of the Monster Hunter series, with a larger focus on story and exploration, as well as both single-player and online cooperative gameplay. While the game will still be in the classic Monster Hunter world, the world has been expanded upon, and players will be able to find new monsters and new gear for their Hunter. Capcom also discussed Monster Hunter XX, the first Monster Hunter title for the NIntendo Switch. Unfortunately, Capcom has also confirmed that there are currently no plans to localize MHXX in the United States. For now, fans of the series will have to get their fill of the action on PS4 and Xbox One.
6. Amazing Spider-Man
The Spider-Man hype is revived with the soon-to-premiere Spider-Man Homecoming movie and of course, the announcement of the new Amazing Spider-Man game for PS4. To be released in 2018, the game will be the first of its kind to feature Miles Morales, a character that fans have long been demanding to see more present in Spider-Man content. The demo has also shown us that famed villain Wilson Fisk, or Kingpin, will be present in the game, as well as a gang known as the Demons. We may also be seeing appearances by Mister Negative, or Martin Li, and Wraith, or Capt. Watanabe.
7. Pokken Tournament DX
While not technically an E3 announcement, Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch was announced during a Pokemon Direct prior to E3. However, more Pokken content was shown at E3, including our new roster of characters, new features, and more details about how the game will run. The game was confirmed to run at 60 FPS whether the Switch is docked or taken on the go, and team battles have been added as a feature. These 3v3 battles will not be 3v3 players, but you will able to use a team to fight your way to the top. Online Ranked matches have also been added. Pokken Tournament DX is not simply the previous game with some extra characters, but a game with added depth that is sure to make it funner and better on the competitive front.
8. Shadow of the Colossus Remaster
Shadow of the Colossus – another fan favorite – was confirmed to be receiving a PS4 remaster by Sony. The game will be released in 2018, and Bluepoint Games will be returning to work on the PS4 remaster, just as they remastered the game for PS3. Fans of the series are excited to experience the rich story and grand battles with improved graphics on a more current console.
9. Beyond Good & Evil 2
Seeing as the first Beyond Good & Evil game was released 14 years ago, it’s no wonder that the announcement of its sequel at E3 was a huge shock to fans of the original game. Ubisoft confirmed that the sequel will be a ‘sci-fi space opera’, where players will meet a colorful cast of characters and travel to beautiful locations in space as they continue to experience what it was that made the first Beyond Good & Evil so great. The game is still heavily in development, but the dev team has invited fans to come and become a part of the process. Many have been praising the trailer’s graphics and character design, so we expect greatness from this sequel whenever it arrives.
10. So Much DLC
Finishing a game is always sad, but the announcement of new DLC for these games brings back our desire to play and explore the new content. E3 2017 was chock full of announcements of additional DLC content for numerous games, including newer titles such as Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn. This DLC content adds new areas, quests, and armor depending on the title, and will definitely add more hours of fun. Below is a list of announced DLC campaigns and release dates if available.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- The Master Trials – June 30th
- The Champion’s Ballad – Holiday 2017
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- The Frozen Wilds – January 2018
- Elder Scrolls Online
- Horns of the Reach – August 2017
- Clockwork City – 2017
- Dishonored 2
- Death of the Outsider – September 15th
- XCOM 2
- War of the Chosen – August 30th
As an honorable mention, we were finally shown more content for the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III. The premiere was not at E3 itself, but rather at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour concert in Los Angeles during the week of E3. For fans that weren’t able to see it at the concert, Square Enix also posted a video of a Japanese version of the trailer and confirmed that another trailer will be shown at D23 Expo on July 15th. The trailer showed us combat reminiscent of the Dissidia series, and showed us plenty of Olympus, now confirmed to be in the game. We can’t wait to see what else Square Enix has in store for us!Tweet