Yesterday was the final day of E3 2016, and the event venue is in clean-up mode. Previous Electronic Entertainment Expos packed so much information into such a short span of time that there was always plenty to talk about for days after the conclusion. This year’s E3 was no different.
Just as an example, Bethesda held a day-one conference where it revealed five upcoming titles and six add-ons to existing games. Plus it announced other projects as well such as a port of the mobile game Fallout Shelter to PC, updates and premium DLC packs for Doom, mod support on consoles, and VR ports of both Fallout 4 and Doom.
While not all developers had an E3 2016 line up this large, there were still 76-plus (total exhibitors TBA) other developers at the expo showing what they had in the works. Huge industry names showed off triple-A properties. Small indie developers exhibited new productions that had lower budgets, yet looked promising and fun. Then there were several companies with various hardware to show.
Square Enix debuted Final Fantasy XV, Deus Ex GO, Dragon Quest Builders, and others. Ubisoft Entertainment presented Watchdogs 2, For Honor, Steep, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and Trials of the Blood Dragon. Plus it gave attendees a sneak peek at the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie. And Konagi — okay, well, Konami only had Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 to present. The point is that some great triple-A titles were shown, and we will be getting more information on them in the coming months.
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However, E3 2016 was not just about big brands. There were small indie developers such as Telltale Games blowing the lid off its new Batman episodic adventure, and giving viewers a quick look at the third season of its Walking Dead property. Dontnod Entertainment unveiled a new episodic adventure as well, titled Vampyr. Playdead revealed a new title called Inside that looks to be the spiritual successor to its popular platform/puzzler, Limbo. And Red Barrels announced that it is finishing work on Outlast II, due out this fall.
While games get all the attention, E3 is not just about the games. Various hardware and accessory producers attend E3 to show what they have coming up as well. Virtual reality systems, gaming accessories, and high-end gaming computers, all made a showing.
Virtual reality had a huge presence at the event. Alienware, a company that produces top-of-the-line gaming PCs, had various high-powered gaming PCs on display, but its “Backpack PC” for VR stole the show. Oculus, HTC, PlayStation, and others also showed what they had lined up in their VR divisions.
While VR seemed to outshow most of the other hardware categories, companies like Logitech were there to exhibit their peripherals. Logitech’s big announcement was for its Flight System G940, which is a set of PC peripherals used to control aircraft in flight simulator games and looks to be the most advanced flight simulator controls to date.
Other notable mentions at E3 2016 include:
- LucidSound’s LS40 and LS20 gaming headsets
- Razor’s Glove One VR gaming glove with haptic feedback
- Turtle Beach’s Stream Mic for gamers who like to stream their games online
- Turtle Beach’s Stealth 350VR virtual reality gaming headset
- Plantronics’ Rig 800 series of wireless gaming headsets with 24 hours of battery life
The 2016 E3 may be over, but coverage of everything shown has only just begun. As all of the new games, products, and accessories draw closer to their scheduled release date, we will be seeing new trailers, interviews, updates, speculation, and spoilers coming regularly.
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