Evolution or Stagnation? E3 2018 Versus E3 2017

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E3 2018 Vs. E3 2017

It’s time for a throwback!

The world biggest gaming expo of the year has finally come to an end. What a journey it has been for E3 2018. Gamers were bombarded with tons of gameplay reveals, unexpected announcements and loads of teasers were rolled out in the event. But that’s all in a good way.

While we look forward to all the exciting upcoming games this year and beyond, let’s have a quick throwback on how this year’s E3 compared to last year’s show.


EA

The first Publisher to stood up on this year’s E3 is Electronic Arts (EA). EA did a straightforward way to begin this year. A compilation of teasers was first shown at the event followed by a 3D emergence of a gigantic creature from Anthem on screen. Highly anticipated games were unveiled, never before seen teasers disclosed, and a bunch of exciting news was uncovered. EA’s highlights of this year are:

  • Battlefield V – Multiplayer will add up Battle Royale Mode
  • Anthem – Story, Release Date, and Multiplayer Details
  • Unravel Two – Release Date
  • FIFA 19 – Release Date
  • Star Wars Battlefront II – Features

While at last year’s E3, we can say that they also did a good job. They also gave out a similar positive trend with loads of upcoming games and new announcements. But not as much as this year. Last year’s highlights were:

  • A Way Out – Splitscreen mode
  • Anthem – Teaser as their next project
  • Madden NFL 18 – First story mode

Microsoft

If we were to rate Microsoft’s Press Conference this year, it would be a perfect 10. Aside from the most awaited games, The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, surprised everyone in his one big revelation. And it is the five new Development Teams that will be joining the Microsoft Studios. The crowd goes wild as the name of each company were unveiled. And they are:

We’re definitely sure that you are all thrilled to see more great upcoming games from these impeccable developers. Microsoft beat its 2017 show with the 50 games revealed this year out of the 45 titles from last year. The publisher also announced over a dozen Exclusive games. Plus, they have also revealed some great news about the Xbox Game Pass.

This year’s highlights:

Last year’s highlights:

Bethesda

The number one ranked Publisher in the world never fails us every time they showed up at their E3 Press Conference. Since its establishment, Bethesda Game Studios has generally been involved in the production of RPGs. They are well-known for their famous works of big franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Wolfenstein. And here are the comparisons from this year to last year’s event.

E3 2018 highlights:

  • Rage 2 – The Comeback. Extended gameplay trailer
  • The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Relaunch of the digital card game. New features. Free game for PC, mobile, and tablet.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online Summerset – New DLCs announced. Wolfhunter & Murkmire.
  • The Elder Scrolls VI – In-development
  • Starfield – The long-rumored “Starfield” has been confirmed as an upcoming game
  • Prey – new modes

E3 2017 highlights:

  • Fallout 4 VR – Release date
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – Release date
  • The Evil Within 2 – Release date
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Square Enix

Many fans and spectators in the gaming community have eagerly been awaiting Square Enix’s presentation and announcements. Well, the hype certainly has built up after the first two days when Electronic ArtsMicrosoft, and Bethesda took the spotlight.

However, the Press Conference for Square Enix this year didn’t reveal anything unexpected. A handful of announcements and trailers that we already know, which gamers were quick to pick up on. The Publisher just rolled up a compilation of gameplay and teasers, and that’s it.

Some of the games that were revealed this year are as follows:

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Under the Moonlight
  • Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter World
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Babylon’s Fall

And these are from the E3 2017 Square Enix Press Con:

  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
  • Life is Strange
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Final Fantasy XII

Ubisoft

One of the most-loved Publisher in the industry did a good job on their E3 Press Conference this year. They did a full swing of interesting upcoming games from the highly anticipates series, unexpected news and more. And for you to grasp the difference between last year’s and the E3 2018 show, here’s the list for you.

E3 2018 highlights:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – The rumored game confirmation
  • Just Dance 2019 – A Sick opening show for the game reveal
  • Beyond Good and Evil 2 – New gameplay trailer and Pre-alpha footage
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – New upcoming documentary titled, Another Mindset – An Esports Documentary.
  • Tom Clancy’s the Division 2 – Release date

E3 2017 highlights:

  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Game reveal
  • Beyond Good and Evil – New trailer
  • Skulls and Bones – New multiplayer pirate game
  • Far Cry 5 – Game reveal

Sony

PS4 fans might have been disappointed with the line-up of games that were packed in Sony’s E3 Press Conference this year. In comparison to its 30 games last year, they only cater 12 this year. Actually, Sony made an advance announcement that this year’s show will be low-key. But it was still surprising to see the highlights of the Publisher for this year. See the comparison below.

E3 2018 highlights:

  • The Last of Us Part II – New gameplay trailer reveal
  • Ghost of Tsushima – New gameplay trailer reveal
  • Resident Evil 2 – Welcome back to Racoon City. Release date. New features
  • Trover Saves the Universe – New upcoming 3D Platformer
  • Death Stranding – New gameplay trailer reveal
  • Nioh 2 – Sequel to Nioh

E3 2017 highlights:

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – New gameplay Trailer
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn – New Ice Age with the Frozen Wilds DLC
  • Days Gone – Gameplay
  • Monster Hunter World – New Age for Capcom’s Megahit Series
  • Shadow of the Colossus – Ultra HD Remaster
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite  – New roster
  • Call of Duty: WW2 – New gameplay trailer
  • God of War – New Updates
  • Detroit: Become Human – New updates
  • Spider-Man: New gameplay trailer

Nintendo

Nintendo delivered a similarly remarkable exhibit. Just like their usual Nintendo Direct videos, they delivered to the Nintendo fans what they have been hyped the most. Its 2017 show revealed 13 games with 8 new announcements while this year, they lifted the game’s roster for 20 announced games. The games that were unveiled this year consists of 7 previously-unseen titles and 3 new ports for the Nintendo Switch.

E3 2018 highlights:

  • Daemon x Machima – New trailer
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country – New DLC
  • Poke Ball Plus – Nintendo’s special accessory
  • Super Mario Party – New Mario game
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses – New gameplay trailer
  • Fortnite – Launches on Nintendo Switch

E3 2017 highlights:

  • Super Mario Odyssey – New footage
  • Metroid Prime 4 – A Confirmed sequel to Metroid
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – A weird but interesting Mario game in a new direction
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Game announcement
  • Kirby for the Nintendo Switch – Kirby is back with a bunch of friends.
  • Rocket League – One of the demanded sports will come to life
  • Pokemon – Announcement of new Pokemon game-in-development
  • Tons of new Amiibos

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