Every year during the summer, all the video game industry’s developers, producers, animators, and more come together to show off what they’ve been working on and what’s ahead for players. This year was no different, and lots of exciting new games debuted trailers and gameplay demonstrations. Here are the biggest ones fans are talking about:
The Last of Us Part II
When the first Last of Us came out in 2013, it became a huge hit and a classic nearly overnight. When a sequel was announced in 2016, everyone waited for updates with bated breath. We finally got to see more this June with a scene featuring a grown-up Ellie kissing another woman, who will most likely be a love interest. A flashback (or flash forward) revealed some brutal gameplay, where Ellie makes her way through a dilapidated mall and forest, using her weapons to take down hostiles. A previous interview with a developer states that while the first Last Of Us was about love, the second part is about hate. Does Joel, our hero from the first game die, and Ellie seeks revenge? We’ll have to wait for the game to come out later this year to find out.
Ghosts of Tsushima
Also by Sony, this open-world looks stunning and gory. Set during the Mongol invasion of Asia in the 13th century, a Japanese samurai sword-fights his way through the game environment. To protect his country, the samurai Jin Sakai will need to learn the way of the “Ghost,” thus the game’s title. Tsushima is the name of an island. Players will get to choose between aggressive, open combat or more stealthy forms of attack. There’s currently no release date.
Coming from legendary designer and producer Hideo Kojima, this bizarre game starring Norman Reedus has been a mystery for years. We finally got to see a bit more at e3, learning that actresses Lindsay Wagner and Lea Seydoux will also be in the game. As for gameplay, it appears that when the player dies, they are sent to another world. Upon returning, the original world does not reset, so every action has a consequence. The world is open and ready for the exploring. The plot is still mostly a mystery, but maybe a baby is involved? Check out the trailer to see for yourself.
Everyone loves superheroes and this game from Insomniac looks like a comic book fan’s dream. With smooth, lightning-fast web-slinging and gorgeous visuals, Spider-Man will encounter at least four of his main villains: Electro, Scorpion, Vulture, and Rhino. This is not the Peter Parker from the movies. Developers say he’s older and has spent eight years as Spider-Man, but we’re sure he’ll still be wise-cracking his way through the game, which comes out September 7th.
The Fallout franchise has taken place after nuclear war, and its latest entry goes back to the past. In this game, the world has recently experienced the ravages of nuclear war, and our characters emerge from their bunker as the first survivors. Developers say the environment is four times larger than Fallout 4, the most recent release, and everyone you interact with will be other players. The game is entirely online, so every other character you meet is a real person. The game comes out in early November.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
It’s been over ten years since the first Assassin’s Creed came out, and the franchise is looking to shake things up. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey takes us back to ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War between city-states Athens and Sparta. Players get to choose between a male or female mercenary and will have to decide to fight for Sparta or Athens. The game features branching storylines for the first time and the ability to choose a love interest of any gender.
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