The Most Anticipated Games from E3 2019
E3’2019 shows a great lot of titles to expect. Most major developers held their presentations there, with cinematic videos, trailers, gameplay demonstrations, and interviews. Here are ten of the titles we can’t wait to have on our devices, and our gamepads are already afraid of the working hours they will stand through after each premiere. So here they are.
Faster, louder, bloodier, more brutal. A classical 3D shooter will return again, as its reboot was praised three years ago, and this time ID Software explores new dimensions of hell. There’ll be more than just new monsters and new weapons; the new installments create the entire Doom universe, mystical and brutal. The first captions look gorgeous, with depth and detail high enough to admire. And yes, it’s 3D and FPS, following the classical transition. The rest is yet to be announced.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
The name is familiar, and there’s a reason for it: the latest innovations by Activision were not approved by longtime fans. So, to turn back to the classics, the publisher decided to reboot the most famous trilogy of the game. Modern Warfare isn’t a strict remaster; it’s rather a return to the era before zombies and Battle Passes, with pure war, no matter how dirty it gets. The details will be revealed a bit after the announcement, but before the release, scheduled on October 2019.
It seems that Microsoft finally realized that there’s no other Gears but Gears of War, so the name gets shortened, while everything else expands. This time the protagonists will be JD Fenix, his father Marcus Fenix, their friend Delmont Walker, and a Locust outcast Kait Diaz. The story will still be bound to Sera, but there’ll be more different terrains and biomes, from cold icy caves to jungles, and more enemies. And, of course, new weapons to use on them. Though there’s no more War in the name, there’s even more of it in the game.
Watch Dogs Legion
This installment of the cult franchise moves to post-Brexit London (the developers see no good in out-of-EU future, as London looks like a criminal underworld), but the idea remains the same. The hackers’ group DedSec resists the power and tries to rebuild the society, so it uses force, skills, and persuasion equally well. The digital London is populated with unique procedural bots, each with a unique appearance, voice and manners; so is your character. No given protagonist now; you decide who you are, who to invite and how to act. This freedom combines with brilliant visuals.
The whole series of Borderlands grows from just one phrase: Space, the final frontier. It’s a cosmic western with all the elements of the genre: gold rush, dog-eat-dog morals, predate local animals, a mysterious treasure, and it’s all set on the edge of Solar system. There are five planets to explore, several protagonists to select, and (the most impressive!) billions of possible weapons. Plus its unique visual style, thrashy and exaggerated, bloody and humorous, with some kind of Transmetropolitan approach.
This Xbox One exclusive is already a sure hit, though the trailer reveals little about the gameplay. We only can extrapolate that it will be an FPS again, continuing the story of Halo 5: Guardians. The protagonist will be Master Chief again, and we doubt they will drop Cortana, as these characters are too strongly adored. There will also be new unhuman enemies, as well as new weapons to put against them, but the story will follow the fourth installment. The release date is scheduled for 2020, so we’ll learn more about it soon.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
And this one is really a remake of a classical title that is still demanded by new generation console owners. The developers decided to make it a real topnotch quality game, even by standards of 2019, but preserve the original gameplay (except for turn-based combat system replaced by real-time action). And that’s the best they can do about it.
There’ little known about this game so far; its release is set almost in a year, and Sony PS4 owners will be the first to rate and test its beta version. Probably it will be an action RPG with a separate arc for each character, set in the Endgame world, but not exactly mirroring its narrative. And, knowing Marvel, we won’t be wrong to say it will be something grand.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
If the latest Star Wars movies were controversial, the latest game named Star Wars: Battlefront was no doubt a failure. To leave no chance of scandals with loot boxes and microtransactions, EA now acts radically and offers no multiplayer at all. It’s as a radical solution as using the Death Star to eliminate crimes and poverty on Alderaan.
The events in this single-player game take place right between the prequel and the original trilogy. Your character is one of the survivor Jedi, Cal Kestis, with only the Force to trust in this changing world. The trailer shows the protagonist, some unknown stormtroopers, cute robots, and holograms, and the soundtrack winks with some fragments of Luke’s theme and the Imperial March.
And here comes one of the most anticipated titles, produced by CD Projekt (the authors of The Witcher series) and featuring Keanu Reeves. This one is set in technological and immoral future, some urban version of Mad Max mixed with futurized GTA, and offers a combination of an RPG and an FPS. The graphics can be called not-so-realistic, but it’s rather a graphic novel style. Well, it may be just a beta, and the release will feature better visuals with the same cynical narrative; but the release date hasn’t been announced yet at all.
Thinking While Waiting
Well, the major publishers with their stands on E3 really have some blockbusters to present. And it’s even good that some of them aren’t scheduled, as it would be better to get a good thing later than satisfy your curiosity with a buggy demo. Xbox exclusives look very impressive, though Sony has something to reply. The real dark horse is Stadia that seems the most affordable option to try most of these titles when they are ready, but it’s still not announced. Well, probably a real gamer should now have two or three consoles, and also Chromecast and Apple TV, with compatible gamepads.