The consensus for E3 2019 was that it was a bit of a stopgap. With details of Google Stadia appearing before E3, the next-generation of consoles looming on the horizon, and mainstays like EA, Sony and Activision either offering an understated or non-existent presence, it felt like companies were getting their ducks in a row for a stellar 2020.
Despite that, we saw plenty of new footage regarding existing projects, like DOOM: Eternal, Halo Infinite and Marvel’s Avengers, and we were also blessed with a wild Keanu Reeves, but we’re not concerned with that right now. We’re looking at the brand new announcements that have got us hyped over the past few days. Here’s 15 of the most exciting new games revealed at this year’s E3.
1. Elden Ring
Developer: FromSoftware Publisher: Bandai Namco Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: Unknown
The long-rumoured collaboration between acclaimed developers FromSoftware and “man looking for literally anything else to do than finish A Song Of Ice And Fire” George R. R. Martin, Elden Ring is set to be the Dark Souls developer’s biggest game to date. Not much else is known about the new action-RPG, but the debut trailer suggests we’re in for something special. If anything, we just appreciate how much of a procrastinator Big George really is. It’s admirable.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch Release Date: Unknown
While Nintendo have produced Zelda sequels in the past, Majora’s Mask being a prime example, it’s still a rare sight to see them return to an already established world, which is what makes the news of a Breath of the Wild sequel so interesting. With no further details announced about this darker sequel to one of 2017’s most beloved games, we’re chomping at the bit to know more.
3. Gods And Monsters
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia Release Date: February 25th 2020
Prior leaks might have lessened the impact of the next three titles on announcement, but we’re still excited about their release. Firstly, Gods and Monsters looks like an utterly charming RPG adventure with a beautiful art style. As a brave hero, you must take a journey through Ancient Greece, battling mythological beasts at every turn. With a February release date confirmed, Gods & Monsters is most certainly on our 2020 most wanted list.
4. Rainbow Six: Quarantine
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: Q1 2020
DOOM (2016) might hold the title for the most pure fun FPS engine ever, but when it comes to grounded, tactical play, Rainbow Six Siege has you covered, which is why we’re incredibly hyped for Quarantine. Essentially turning the popular limited time Outbreak mode from last year into its own game, Quarantine is a 3-player co-op experience coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC next year.
5. Watch Dogs Legion
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: March 6th 2020
Possibly the biggest pre-E3 leak that turned out to be true, Watch Dogs Legion presents a dystopian London post-Brexit, ruled by an authoritarian paramilitary force. It’s also (probably) apolitical, but there’s another story. DedSec have now gone from a hacktivist group to full blown revolutionaries, as you can recruit any NPC you can to the cause. You better believe we’re playing as parkour grannies when the game launches next year.
Suda51 is back once again with another Travis Touchdown adventure, as No More Heroes 3 will see the nerdy but lovable hero take up his Beam Katana once again to defend the Earth from a new invading force. No definite release date was given for this next bout of Grasshopper Manufacture silliness, but it will be launching on the NIntendo Switch in 2020.
Developer: People Can Fly Publisher: Square Enix Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: Summer 2020
While the announcement trailer and subsequent dev diary might not have revealed much in the way of details regarding Square Enix’s latest IP, Outriders is being developed by Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment developers People Can Fly, and that’s all I needed to hear to let my excitement build to uncontrollable levels. The fact it’s a three player adventure with drop-in, drop-out co-op is an added bonus.
8. Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Developer: Rebellion Publisher: Rebellion Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: 2020
While there are those out there who are disappointed that Rebellion’s new title wasn’t Judge Dredd related, the announcement of a new 4-player co-op zombie shooter is still cause for excitement. Zombie Army 4: Dead War will continue the world of Zombie Army Trilogy, which sees Hitler unleashing the power of the undead while practically shouting “you didn’t win!” at the allied forces. What a bastard.
9. Tales of Arise
Developer: Bandai Namco Publisher: Bandai Namco Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: 2020
Another game that unfortunately leaked just before the E3 reveal during Xbox’s Briefing, Tales of Arise is the latest in the long-running JRPG series which sees two characters from opposing planets join together to change the fate of their homeworlds and their own destiny. With a beautiful anime art style powered by Unreal Engine 4 and a more action-RPG focus to the combat, Arise could be the best in the series. Could be. We’ve got our fingers crossed.
10. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Developer: Mediatonic Publisher: Devolver Digital Platform(s): PS4 and PC Release Date: 2020
We’d be excited for a premise like Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout even if it wasn’t for Harry Belafonte’s Jump in the Line providing the soundtrack to the excellent trailer, but that happened, so we’re doubly excited. 100 players will compete in a saccharine sweet version of a Takeshi’s Castle-style obstacle course, with plenty of physics-based bedlam ensured. Is it a battle royale? Possibly, but it’ll definitely be one of the best ones.
After waiting ages for some “stuck in a time loop” games, two were showcased during E3 2019. While we’re excited by the potential of 12 Minutes, it was properly announced years ago, so let’s take a look at Deathloop. Revealed during Bethesda’s conference, Deathloop sees two world-class assassins locked in an endless time loop of death, each trying to one-up the other and break the endless cycle. The concept is cool enough alone, but the hyper-stylised trailer and aesthetic is the icing on the cake.
12. Blair Witch
Developer: Bloober Team Publisher: Microsoft Platform(s): PC, Xbox One Release Date: August 30th
Bloober Team are a set of capable hands when it comes to the horror genre, so it makes sense that they’d be the team responsible for adapting the horror franchise Blair Witch into a modern video game. Their interpretation seems to take inspiration from the film’s found footage origins, though the camera shown in the trailer also looks Outlast-esque. Either way, horror game fans should find plenty to love here.
13. Bleeding Edge
Developer: Ninja Theory Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Platform(s): PC, Xbox One Release Date: Unknown
“Melee combat Overwatch” is the kind of elevator pitch we can get behind, so it’s been no small wonder that we’re incredibly excited about the potential of Bleeding Edge, especially considering it’s being developed by combat design veterans Ninja Theory. With 4v4 multiplayer and multiple unique heroes with vibrant character designs, Bleeding Edge could be very special. We’re hoping to find out more during the game’s Technical Test at the end of the month, if we get accepted into it anyway. Please Ninja Theory, we really loved Hellblade. DmC: Devil May Cry wasn’t that bad either.
14. GhostWire: Tokyo
Developer: Tango Gameworks Publisher: Bethesda Platform(s): Unknown, potentially a next-gen title Release Date: Unknown
We’d love the idea of this game even if it wasn’t for Ikumi Nakamura being absolutely adorable on-stage (“SPOOK-EHHHH”), but GhostWire: Tokyo definitely has us intrigued from its opening trailer. A mass-disappearance event decimates Tokyo, and sees the Japanese capital besieged by a new kind of paranormal evil. You have to purge it. Hopefully, it also means we get to rescue that lost Shiba Inu from the trailer. That’s a good boy right there.
15. Chivalry 2
Developer: Torn Banner Studios Publisher: Tripwire Platform(s): PC (we’re hoping for a decent console port, but that’s another story) Release Date: 2020
You all might be too busy playing Mordhau to care about this one, but Chivalry 2 is coming, complete with improvements to customisation, match sizes and combat. It also means that we get more over-the-top knights screaming “FOR THE ORDER” at the top of their lungs as they charge into battle, which is a joy in and of itself. Being an Epic Games Store exclusive might irk some, but we’re just happy to see more medieval multiplayer combat.