Biggest Games Of E3 2019: Borderlands 3, Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, More
By Matt Espineli on May 31, 2019 at 11:00AM PDT
If you’ve been reading articles on GameSpot the past couple weeks, there’s a solid chance you know that E3 2019 is fast approaching. Functioning as the games industry’s Super Bowl, there’s a lot of excitement brewing for what’s ahead. After all, the show is literally where the biggest publishers and dozens of more developers reveal the latest games they’ve been working on.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the next game from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets. The concept is ambitious--you play as hominids through different periods of ancestral time.
Animal Crossing (2019)
Animal Crossing fans have been waiting for a new mainline entry into the series since New Leaf, and back in September, they finally got a glimmer of hope they'd receive one in 2019. Animal Crossing is coming to the Switch sometime this year, but since Nintendo hasn't narrowed down that release date at all, we're expecting it'll be one of the Switch games the company shows off at E3. All we've seen so far is an extremely brief teaser trailer featuring Tom Nook talking about making sure everyone has a "nice, new place to come home to."
Apex Legend stormed onto the battle royale scene in February and made a huge impact, briefly taking the spotlight away from the ever-present juggernaut, Fortnite. After the initial excitement, though, Apex slowed after a somewhat lackluster first three-month content season and some technical issues that developer Respawn is still working on fixing. All that said, Apex's debut demonstrated what a solidly built, polished contender the battle royale shooter scene it is, and it shouldn't be written off anytime soon.
All the info we have about Astral Chain came from a Nintendo Direct back in February. The new title from Platinum Games has you inhabiting a pair of special forces soldiers who partner with a living, robotic weapon called Legion for combat and solving puzzles. From the looks of things, Astral Chain will feature some fast-paced combat and take you through a futuristic, sci-fi city.
Apart from thousands of years of very vague history setting up the story of Babylon's fall, we know little else. The game is published by Square Enix and its due out in 2019, so expect more info to drop at E3--specifically, one assumes, a look at what kind of game Platinum is actually making.
Yup, Battletoads is coming back. First announced in a trailer at Xbox's E3 2018 press conference, the infamously hard side-scrolling beat-'em-up is supposed to hit Xbox One and PC sometime in 2019. There's not much to go on other than that. The trailer noted the game includes three-player couch co-op and 4K 2.5D hand-drawn graphics--so at the very least, it should look pretty. It also included a little cheeky humor to remind us of the Battletoads spirit, including a shot of a Battletoads speeder bikes smashed up next to one of those pink walls from the infamously hard Turbo Tunnel level.
latinum Games has more Bayonetta on the way, and it's coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. It's also another Platinum Games title we know very little about. A teaser trailer first popped for Bayonetta 3 at the 2017 Game Awards, but there's been radio silence ever since. It was originally slated for a 2019 release, but Nintendo has since shifted Bayonetta 3's release date to "TBA." Regardless, with Nintendo's big focus on the Switch at E3 this year, it seems very likely we'll get another big look at Bayonetta in the days to come.
Beyond Good And Evil 2
We still haven't gotten our hands on Beyond Good and Evil 2, but given how much we saw at E3 2018, it seems likely it'll finally be in a playable state this year. In general, though, Beyond Good and Evil 2 looks to be in pretty good shape, and to be enormous, giving players plenty of opportunities to fight baddies, travel the galaxy, interact with its various people, and get in plenty of space piracy.
Borderlands 3 – E3
Code Vein is a strange game, but it has still caught a lot of people's attention. It's a post-apocalyptic action-RPG starring a vampire who seems ripped straight from a '90s anime series and feels heavily inspired by FromSoftware's Souls games. Though others that are heavily inspired by the Souls games tend to emphasize isolation, the undead protagonist of Code Vein is partnered up with an AI ally, letting you team up to overcome the various monsters and demons that lurk about in the ruins of the old world. You'll also use a variety of over-the-top weapons and vampiric abilities to slay your enemies, eventually coming to blows with the game's challenging bosses.
Control was one of the surprise announcements at E3 2018. As Remedy's first game after the ambitious multimedia project that was Quantum Break, it was exciting to see the studio return to developing a more straightforward experience. Of course, Control is also impressive looking because its world is anything but straightforward, calling to mind bits and pieces from Remedy's previous supernatural-tinged games.
Ever since the fantastic gameplay reveal last year, CD Projekt Red's new open-world sci-fi action-RPG has become one of the most hotly anticipated games heading into E3 2019. Based on the well-loved tabletop RPG series, Cyberpunk 2077 puts a lot of emphasis on letting you create your character and forge a path that's all your own in the bustling setting of Night City.
Daemon x Machina
Coming from developer Marvelous, the same studio behind niche action games like Senran Kagura and Fate/Extra, Daemon X Machina is a noticeable shift from their more playful titles. Announced last year for the Nintendo Switch, this mech action game possesses similarities to From Software's classic Armored Core series, featuring a deep focus on customization, along with a plethora of weapons and abilities to wipe out the opposition. We don't get that many mech-oriented action games these days, so when Daemon x Machina was revealed, it instantly turned the heads of the most die0hard fans of the niche sub-genre.
Bethesda's reboot of Doom in 2016 hit like a hammer. The speed and ferocity of combat was almost perfectly in tune with the raucous metal soundtrack, just the way Doom-heads like it. It wasn't too surprising then when Bethesda announced that a follow-up was on the way. Doom Eternal is currently in development for almost every modern platform: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Stadia--making it one of the few games confirmed for Google's upcoming cloud-gaming service.
Untitled Dragon Age game
We've heard nothing official about BioWare's next Dragon Age game since an announcement trailer dropped during The Game Awards in December 2018. However, in January 2019, a new BioWare job listing suggested that the fourth Dragon Age game would have some sort of multiplayer. The announcement trailer also implies Dragon Age: Inquisition's Solas, aka The Dread Wolf, will play a major role in the fourth game's story.
Dragon Ball Z RPG
Arc System Works' success with Dragon Ball FighterZ has refreshed our taste for Akira Toriyama's classic anime universe. Though we've seen DBZ RPGs in the past, the upcoming game is the first in a long time that aims to retell the story from the anime that many fans already know and love, and in the form of what looks to be an open-world action-RPG.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders was an unusual game that turned out rather well, and back in 2016, we praised its mix of Dragon Quest charm and Minecraft-like construction, awarding the game an 8/10. The sequel is on the way to the US and Europe after releasing in Japan late last year, and there's a strong chance it will make an appearance during Square-Enix's press conference at E3 2019.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
Square Enix's critically acclaimed Dragon Quest XI is heading to Nintendo Switch sometime this year. As the "definitive" version of the game, the port is mostly the same as its PS4 and PC counterparts but includes some bonus extras, such as the option Japanese voice audio, an orchestrated version of the soundtrack, and the ability to switch to a 16-bit interface modeled after the visuals from the SNES era of Dragon Quest. Though, fans should recognize that last feature from the 3DS port of the game that never made it to the West.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Aside from Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy 7 remake is probably the most highly anticipated remake in a long time. However, it's going to look and play a whole lot different from the 1997 original. The game will follow a more modern design, featuring a third-person camera and real-time combat. Updated character designs ride a line between realistic and stylized art. Though, the most interesting detail about the remake is that it's going to be released as multiple games.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest in the long-beloved tactical-RPG series. You will assume the role of Byleth, a former mercenary, and professor at the Church of Seiros' Officer's Academy. While making decisions for yourself, you'll also follow the stories of three students and heirs to three rival nations: the Adrestian Empire, the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and the Leicester Alliance.
Aside from Halo: Infinite, Gears 5 might be the biggest upcoming game Microsoft has lined up. Not much is known about it other than its premise, which picks up directly after the events of the previous game. It focuses on Gears of War 4 supporting character now turned main protagonist, Kait Diaz, who is on a journey to uncover the origins of the Locust and her family. As a Gears game, expect tactical cover-based shooting, over-the-top setpieces, and a dash of melodrama.
What we do know is that Halo Infinite is being made with a new engine called Slipspace, which is capable of supporting numerous different modes on a technical level. Speaking of modes, Halo Infinite will see the return of local split-screen, a feature that many Halo die-hards have eagerly requested in a new game for years. Halo Infinite game director Chris Lee will appear at E3 2019 to talk about the game, or at least detail the new functionality that the Slipspace Engine offers to the franchise. But that's all that has been confirmed so far.
Judgment is the latest from Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. It's a spin-off of the series' universe that puts you in control of private detective Takayuki Yagami, who's hell-bent on solving the mystery of a serial murder case. While Judgement takes place in familiar locales from the Yakuza series, its story and gameplay are a bit different. As Yagami, you still beat up thugs in traditional over-the-top fashion, but you also investigate crime scenes and gather leads in your case.