Top Takeaways from E3 2019

By Nick Licouris

One of the biggest annual video gaming expos, E3, occurred earlier this month in Los Angeles. I had the pleasure to experience it firsthand along with 66,100 other gaming enthusiasts. There were two show floors at the iconic Los Angeles Convention Center and I explored both of them. They were packed with elaborate booths, hands-on demos for the to-be-released games, video presentations and much more. It is an experience like none other to be so connected with the predominant leaders of the video game and publishing industry. Here are a few companies that stood out:

Xbox & Project Scarlett:
With Sony skipping E3 this year, all eyes were on Microsoft to make a big splash. They delivered with the unveiling of their upcoming next-gen console, Project Scarlett, which is set to launch Fall 2020 in time for the holiday season. There was not a lot of concrete information released about the console, but we do know it will be four times as powerful as the Xbox One X and it will also have 8k support, 120fps frame rate, backward compatibility for the last 3 generations of Xbox consoles and ray tracing. The big surprise they made was the console will be released alongside Halo: Infinite, a long-awaited game by many die hard fans.

EA & Respawn Entertainment:
Who doesn’t like Star Wars? The creators of Apex Legends and Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment, will be releasing a new single-player action adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on November 15, 2019. EA is hopeful this will restore some faith in their lackluster attempts to recreate the beloved Star Wars brand. From what we saw from the presentation there should be plenty of epic battles including lightsaber combat. EA did not stop there. Their biggest surprise game so far this year, Apex Legends, made some commotion with its Season 2 presentation that will launch in July. EA seemed to drop the ball the first season with a dismal amount of content, but will they be able to redeem themselves soon? Check out King’s Canyon in July.

Last year it was Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice that surprised everyone from FromSoftware. However, this year the company revealed a new IP they have been working on, Elden Ring. Elden Ring is a third-person action RPG set in a fantasy setting and said to be like Dark Souls. A highlight that sparked a lot of interest was the collaboration on Elden Ring between Miyazaki and the beloved writer of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin. You know you will be in for a thrill with Martin taking the lead.

Another successful E3 comes to a close with many new adventures awaiting gamers of all types. Until next year!

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