The doors of the Los Angeles Convention Center are yet to open, but the press conferences always mark the start of E3 anyway. It's a shame, then, that Sunday's round of presentations fell flat – with both EA Games and Bethesda struggling to string together any meaningful reveals. Both pressers really disappointed, with the latter being a particular bummer given just how emphatically the publisher burst onto the media briefing scene in 2015.
All's not lost, of course: Ubisoft and Sony will attempt to pick up the slack later today – while Microsoft and Nintendo also have their own shindigs planned. But we are starting to wonder whether the success of the current round of consoles has taken the big third-party publishers by surprise; it's frankly unforgivable that Mass Effect Andromeda – a title first announced in 2013 – only managed to muster a behind-the-scenes clip.
To be fair to EA, both Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 look spectacular – the only downside being that they're due out within days of each other. And to Bethesda's credit, Dishonored 2 is looking tidy, too – even if it didn't demo particularly well in the presser setting. But coming into these conferences we were expecting much, much more from both publishers; a Skyrim remaster is fine and dandy, but where was the rumoured Wolfenstein?
We can't remember the last time that an E3 got off to such an unimpressive start, and we hope that things pick up soon. The good news is that Sony's conference is practically on military enforced lockdown, which could mean that the manufacturer's got nothing to leak – or that some serious surprises await in just a few hours. Will it fall upon the Japanese giant to rescue this annual event again? Yes, maybe.
What do you think of the E3 2016 press conferences so far? Were you disappointed with EA and Bethesda's dismal showings, or are we exaggerating? Temper your hype dramatically in the comments section below.
Last years for Sony was incredible and will be hard to top (I don't think anyone ever will) so I'm interested in seeing what Microsoft are going to do (it helps that it's on at a reasonable time too)
I made a joke about this last night, but it really would be something if Zelda U became one of the better parts of E3. The game was shown in 2014, was supposed to release last year, and now it's releasing on a dead console, but it still might be one of the better moments.
Oh well, last year Nintendo had a great start on Sunday with its huge gaming event, then it crashed and burned and burned. Never really know how E3 is going to go, that's part of the fun of live events, not knowing.
Sony better unleash a hailstorm of surprises, a new Wildarms game, Dark Cloud 3 (It's me, what do you expect?) and many other things
EA had some great games, but honestly who wants to see behind the scenes and cinematics? If they had more game play from ME:Andromeda and Star Wars ( even early footage ), they would have been much better.
Sony's conference leaked a bit yesterday, someone said that the new God of War would be announced with Kratos being in it (but maybe not being protagonist) and that The Last of Us 2 would not be announced
I'm not going to get ahead of my self with predictions and the like. I'll just watch it as it goes, keeping my expectations low.
It will definitely be hard for Sony to top the previous show they did.
Between leaks and companies no longer saving things for E3, no real shock there isn't much in the way of amazing surprises. Not sure how many we'll see the entire week from all publishers.
@AFCC Well, that's not really a leak is it. "The Last of Us 2 will not be announced." Duh.
New star wars looks interesting, love a proper story driven game, last decent game was knights of old republic. Battlefront is pants , disappointing there's hardly any gameplay been showing
Despite the joy I found in the skyrim remaster, I am still speechless that bioware even bothered showing up with that type of video. Last year? Sure it's completely understandable, but this year? What's the point. It completely threw the ea presser off track for me after a great titanfall 2 showing, and thankfully we were treated to a few full multiplayer battlefield 1 matches that just looks so incredibly good which lessened the sting. That 20 minutes on Fifa regardless of how fun it is would have been much better served even having the guy from the dishonored 2 showing come out and tell us about mass effect without showing anything at all and just talking against the mass effect soundtrack. I do think though that Microsoft has something big up its sleeve (outside of the slim x1) so I hope Sony is prepared to land a couple swings as well.
I know Titanfall and Battlefield will be releasing very close together but they are quite different and therefore likely to target different audiences. Obviously in terms of 'genre' they are similar but after that, the similarities end.
EA's, despite the lack of any 'real' or meaningful footage from a number of games, still revealed 'new' games. Obviously the annual sports had a showing and EA's biggest 2 were shown off. Mass Effect, in between bouts of 'behind the scenes', teased a number of things that Mass Effect fans (such as myself) will pick apart and analyse - the new Tempest (replacement to the Normandy), the return of the 'Mako', the interesting planets, the new citadel etc... Yes I would have wanted more - especially for a game out before the next E3 - or at least expected before then. The same approach was used to talk about their Star Wars licenced games too - a brief mention for each studio with a focus on developer interview over gameplay clips. Even though Amy Hennigs and Viscerals game has been in development a long time, we only got a tiny clip and the announcement we can't expect it before 2018 - Next up SW:BF2 in 2017 (probably Oct time) so EA have their annual FPS release.
Bethesdas though started off with Quake but MP and at the moment at least PC only game, After several pats on the back, they then went on to announce their next DLC releases for Doom and Fallout 4. We also had news that Fallout will be coming to VR - Vive though so not relevant again to console owners. Doom VR may come to PSVR and/or Oculus but they weren't specific. We had a Card game, news about ESO, Skyrim Remaster before announcing Prey. Prey (to me) certainly didn't live up to the concept and potential that the cancelled Prey 2 reveal showed but felt generic and as it I had seen it before. They then finished off with Dishonoured 2. The world looked good but the characters seemed somewhat separated from it - like the world was a canvas and these were performing in front of it but didn't look as good to me. The physics, blood etc seemed 'off'. I admit the game wasn't really on my list of anticipated games - maybe a little bias creeping in, but after seeing that, its dropped lower.
As a result E3 hasn't been a total disaster as EA at least had games vying for my money and 3 expected in the next year - 2 before November. Bethesda though had very little of interest to me and unlikely to get any of my money in the next year. Rumours of Wolfenstein and Evil Within didn't transpire so that compiled my disappointment about Bethesdas showing. EA's despite the lack of prolonged, meaningful content for a number of games I want as well as the 2018+ date for those Star Wars games, so far is the best of the pressers. If it remains that way then it will be a big disappointment. Owning an Xbox as well, I have hopes for MS's at 5pm, Ubisoft isn't one I have much expectation (which could work in its favour) and finally Sony's today (tomorrow morning) to finish off could still turn E3 2016 around - The opening day didn't set the bar high but lets hope Day 2 is a lot more memorable for the right reasons...
"But we are starting to wonder whether the success of the current round of consoles has taken the big third-party publishers by surprise" it's this kind of smart though/insight that makes me access Pushsquare (and Nintendolife) daily.
But yeah, last night was depressing, thank god it was Valentine's day on Brazil so I have fun with my girlfriend.
Just wanted to pop in from Nintendo Land to comment. It seems like this year is a case of expectations getting way out of hand. I kept an eye on Bethesda's stream, and was pretty disappointed too. I think the amount of leaks (largely for the big 3rd parties like EA and Bethesda) and the lack of leaks for Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft is impressive and, unfortunately, dampening the hype. However, gaming's 3rd parties are starting to look a little to much like Hollywood. Bigger budgets, but less risk. More remakes/remasters, sequels and less big name risk takers....I hate that direction Hollywood has gone down, and it scares and disappoints me that it appears to be video gaming is following Hollywood into that trap. Still, I'll keep one ear to Sony and Microsoft, see what comes of them (although as a Ninty fan...probably won't be much for me) Tomorrow starts Nintendo's show case...and if E3 really is in such a bad state...hell maybe they'll run away with the show they barely wanted to show up to in the first place!
well, it's because too many pre-E3 announcement & leaks... iI you count those, this year's E3 is just fine in term of announcement..
Underwelming indeed.. Really looking forward to the Ms press conference ( recore)
Snooze fest, there have been some nice stuff, Skyrim, Quake, more of Battlefield, a glimpse at the Fallout. Sony should be a little better. Not sure that Ubi has anything new and AAA to smack in my face.
Nether EA or Bethesda really do much for me anyway. For me I always feel E3 lives or dies by the big three. Maybe even two, now that Nintendo's relevence in today's market is under question.
I thought Bethesda's event was just fine. Even though it only got a trailer, I'm just happy knowing that a Prey revival is happening, and looks to be more of a survival horror title. Sure, I wish it was still going to be its original open-world concept, but I'm still okay with it. The Fallout 4 DLCs and Skyrim were also highlights, to me.
Don't worry Sony's already saved E3.
@get2sammyb hmmmm it was a leak about the conference schedule and what would be on it. Besides I've seen many many people waiting for Last of Us 2 (and Red Dead Redemption 2 LMAO) for this E3, even if it was obvious that they wouldn't appear
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