A lot happened overnight. Get caught up on all the news, trailers, and opinion from Microsoft, Sony, EA and Ubisoft after a spectacular day in video games.
Below you’ll find a curated list of the best content from our E3 coverage so far. Click through to see all the hottest trailers and get all the goss, as well as find exhaustive links to further coverage.
The biggest talking point of the show so far is, without a doubt, Sony’s press conference. Every year armchair commentators declare such-and-such company the winner or loser, and we normally think that’s pretty silly – but there’s no denying Sony stormed it in in Los Angeles last night with a low price point, consumer-friendly DRM policy, and loads of interesting games on show.
- Sony E3 conference – full report
- PS4 will cost $399 when it launches this holiday season
- Here’s what the PlayStation 4 looks like
- PlayStation 4 will not require always-on Internet, has no restrictions on used games
- PlayStation Plus subscription required for PlayStation 4 multiplayer
- The Order: 1886 announced for PS4 from Sony Santa Monica and Ready At Dawn
- Debut live gameplay footage for Bungie’s Destiny
- Final Fantasy Versus 13 is now Final Fantasy 15, headed to PS3 and PS4 – gorgeous new trailer
- Kingdom Hearts 3 announced, trailered
There really is so much more to explore, so hit up the full conference report for everything. We’ll farewell Sony with a tech demo for the PlayStation 4 from Quantic Dream, showing off the console’s grunt in the hands of a master developer.
Of course, the Japanese Giant couldn’t have triumphed if it hadn’t had Microsoft to react against, as Rob argued in his analysis of the two shows. The Redmond contingent brought its A-game, but it didn’t matter; the anti-DRM feeling was running too strong. Still, there’s plenty of good games to pick through.
- Microsoft E3 conference – full report
- Kiler Instinct announced for Xbox One
- Insomniac announces a new shooter called Sunset Overdrive which changes every day
- Deadly Premonition creator Hidetaka Swery’s new game is an episodic murder mystery called D4
- Microsoft is making a game where you make games and share them with other people – Project Spark
- Black Tusk is working on … something. Here’s a trailer for it.
- A new Witcher 3 trailer – oh and it does Kinect and SmartGlass, too
- A Dark Souls 2 trailer is news enough on its own
- Metal Gear Solid 5 coming to Xbox One – new trailer
- Panzer Dragoon successor Crimson Dragon is now an Xbox One title
- Crytek’s one-time Kinect title Ryse is now headed to Xbox One, and looks kind of special
Microsoft showed one other first-party goodie – a new Halo game from 343 Industries for Xbox One. It hasn’t been given a title, but we’re calling it Halo 5 because, well. Look at it.
On the third-party front, EA had quite a good show. It’s deeply in bed with Microsoft this year – much to the delight and horror of cynics everywhere – but the reveal of a new Mirror’s Edge game and Star Wars: Battlefront went a long way towards calming the unquiet mob.
- EA E3 conference – full report
- Star Wars: Battlefront is in the works at Battlefield developer DICE
- New Mirror’s Edge inbound – reboots existing story
- A better look at Respawn’s first game Titanfall
- Battlefield 4 64-player multiplayer and commander mode demonstrated
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare really is a third-person shooter
- NBA Live 14 confirmed for next-gen, new dribble mechanics trailered
- UFC is going to pretty brutal, apparently
EA brought a trailer for Dragon Age: 3 Inquisition, too, but gave little information about the BioWare RPG beyond saying it is set in an open world and won’t be out till 2014.
Ubisoft was in good form, too – it repeated last year’s strategy of throwing game after game at the screen, offering action-packed and humorous trailers and barely pausing for thought.
- Ubisoft E3 conference – full report
- The Crew: open, persistent world multiplayer racing
- The Division: post-apocalyptic, tactical multiplayer third-person shooter
- Rocksmith 2014 Edition due in October
- Not one but two Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag trailers
Although it leaked earlier in the week, the Watch Dogs trailer was very well received.
Nintendo broadcast its special E3 2013 edition of Nintendo Direct, together with a barrage of new announcements, trailers and screens, and by far the biggest announcement was Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS starring Capcom legend Mega Man. We’ve got 91 gameplay screens here.
- Nintendo’s E3 2013 conference – full report
- Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS revealed, coming 2014, features Mega Man
- Monolithsoft’s Wii U project ‘X’ out 2014, inspired by Xenoblade
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze confirmed for Wii U
- Bayonetta 2 gets new Wii U trailer, launches 2014
- The Wonderful 101 hits Wii U August 23rd, E3 trailer and screens inside
- Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD out October, bottle messaging confirmed
- Nintendo lists incoming third-partyand indie releases for 2013
- Pokemon X & Y out October 12, new screens, trailer & art inside
- Wii Party U and Wii Fit U out winter 2013
- Mario Kart 8 coming to Wii U Spring 2014
- Super Mario 3D World out December on Wii U, screens and trailer inside
Here’s the Blue Bomber in action:
This is only the beginning, of course; the deluge of trailers and assets has barely begun, and news is likely to come hurtling out of the show proper with explosive force. Adjust your safety goggles and do not look away. Do not sleep. Do not eat. Do not get out of your chair. Only consume video games news here on VG247*.
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