E3 2019 Conference Recap


Scott McDanel

LOS ANGELES, CAThe 2019 E3 Conference saw various video game developers and publishers sharing new information about previously announced projects and reveals of new games and hardware coming to the industry. A recap of this year’s conference, as well as the mentioned live streams, are below.

  • Nintendo announced that Banjo-Kazooie, from Rare’s “Banjo-Kazooie” series, as well as “The Hero” from various Dragon Quest games will be joining the “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” roster as part of the Fighters Pass. “The Hero” is slated for a summer release while Banjo-Kazooie is scheduled for the fall.
  • Nintendo also announced that they are developing a sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” for Nintendo Switch.
  • “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” remaster features a new dungeon building system called “Chamber Dungeons.” This system lets players create their own challenging dungeons by collecting “Chambers.” The game is set to release September 20, 2019.
  • “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” sees players living on their own deserted island with total customization over the entire area of land. The game is set to release March 20, 2020.
  • A new trailer for “Luigi’s Mansion 3” sees Luigi and friends trapped inside a haunted hotel, where each floor is completely different. New elements were highlighted, such as a plunger that lets Luigi pull on objects with his vacuum, or “Gooigi,” a clone of Luigi reminiscent of the movie “Flubber.” The game is slated for a 2019 release.
  • Various new ports were announced for the Switch, which included CD Projekt Red’s ‘Witcher III: The Wild Hunt,” Sega’s “Alien: Isolation,” Capcom’s “Resident Evil 5” and “Resident Evil 6,” Toys for Bob’s “Spyro: Reignited Trilogy” and Microsoft’s “New Super Lucky’s Tale”
  • Suda51’s “No More Heroes 3” was revealed to be in development with a tentative release date in 2020.
  • Sega’s “Panzer Dragoon” is getting a remaster on Nintendo Switch. It is slated to release in the Winter.

  • Xbox Game Studios revealed their next-gen console: “Project Scarlett.” Phil Spencer, head of Xbox Game Studios, told viewers that the new console boasts 120 fps, low latency, and other features. “Project Scarlett” is releasing in 2020 with “Halo Infinite” as a launch title.
  • CD Projekt Red’s ‘Cyberpunk 2077″ showed off story elements and also revealed that it will include actor Keanu Reeves as the character “Johnny Silverhands.” The game will release April 25, 2020.
  • “Gears of War 5” will feature a T-800 Terminator and Sarah Connor from “Terminator: Dark Fate” as a pre-order bonus for the multiplayer modes. The game will release September 10, 2019
  • “Forza Horizon 4” recieved the unusual “LEGO Speed Champions” downloadable content. In this DLC, players are able to drive life-sized cars built out of LEGOs as well as drive on tracks made out of the colorful blocks. The DLC released after Xbox’s live stream.
  • “Elden Ring”, a new collaboration between “Dark Souls” creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and “Song of Fire and Ice” author George R. R. Martin, is said to be developer From Software’s largest game ever. No release date was confirmed.
  • Xbox Game Studios also announced that they have acquired “Psychonauts 2” developer Double Fine Productions.

  • Bethesda announced that the long-awaited NPCs as well as dialogue trees will be added to “Fallout 76” in the form of their Year 2 expansion “Wastelanders.” It is expected to release Fall 2019.
  • They also announced “Nuclear Winter,” a battle royale mode for “Fallout 76” that pits 52 players in an all-out brawl with guns, power-armor, mutants and nukes.
  • Bethesda also unveiled their new streaming technology “Orion” which will be implemented into services such as Google Stadia and Xbox’s Project xCloud to help make the games run better in a cloud server environment.
  • “Doom Eternal” was given a release date of November 22, 2019.
  • A Collector’s Edition of “Doom Eternal” was announced and will include a wearable replica of the Doom Slayer’s helmet.
  • “The Evil Within” developers Tango Gameworks announced their new game “Ghostwire Tokyo.”
  • “Dishonored” developers Arkane Studios announced “Deathloop” in which protagonists Colt and Juliana are tasked with killing each other in order to escape a “Groundhog Day”-esque time loop.