PREDICTION: Everything will be ported to the Switch
June 7, 2019 10:37 AM   Subscribe

What to expect from E3 2019 [The Verge] “For fans looking to hear about the future of games, E3 has always been an exciting week. This year, though, there’s a big cloud hanging over the show. Two of the biggest names in the industry aren’t holding their usual press conferences; mega publisher Electronic Arts will instead be live streaming news and announcements over the course of a weekend; and Sony isn’t just forgoing a keynote, it’s skipping E3 altogether. [...] It has left some to ponder — and not for the first time — whether E3 is even relevant any more. Should you still be excited?”

• The story of the first E3: How the 1995 inaugural happened, and how it almost didn’t [Polygon]
“It was a pivotal moment in gaming history, set between an era dominated by the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis and the world of the PlayStation and the Nintendo 64. New games, new technologies, and new ideas were everywhere. It was also an era of experimentation: of the 32X, 3D0, Neo-Geo CD, Virtual Boy, and Atari Jaguar. Like all E3s, it was a show about the games that would define the year ahead. Visitors were treated to the likes of Chrono Trigger, Descent, Donkey Kong Land, Earthbound, Killer Instinct, Panzer Dragoon, Rayman, Resident Evil, Ridge Racer, Vectorman, Virtua Fighter, and Wing Commander 3. The games industry attracted celebrities too. Michael Jackson was at the Sony party. Seal sang at the Nintendo party. Steven Spielberg and Sylvester Stallone showed up.”
• The E3 2019 Press Conference Schedule [Kotaku]
“It is nearly time for E3, the annual convention where companies from around the world unite to show trailers for video games that don’t actually exist yet. Are you ready? I’m ready. The show runs from June 11 through June 13, but the fun starts well before then. Beginning on Sunday, June 9, some of the biggest video game publishers will hold press conferences to announce news, show videos, and demonstrate how hip they are by dabbing on stage. Two big companies are skipping their traditional press conferences this year: EA and Sony. Everyone else is back for another year of Video Game Christmas. Here’s the schedule (which we’ll update in the days leading up to E3 if anything changes or we learn more).”
• What to expect at E3 2019 [Engadget]
“With Sony sitting this round out, the other two members of gaming's Big 3 -- Nintendo and Microsoft -- are likely to enjoy a lion's share of the public's attention this year. Nintendo will hold its Direct event on Tuesday morning. We're not expecting news on Super Mario Maker 2 or Pokemon Sword and Shield, as both titles will have had their own Direct events prior to the start of the show, but we are hoping for word on the new Fire Emblem game, Animal Crossing, the Link's Awakening reboot, Luigi's Mansion 3 and Town. Any news on Bayonetta 3 or Super Metroid 4 would be welcome as well. For its part, Microsoft is likely to spill the beans on Gears 5, which is slated for release later this year. We're also hoping for news on the company's flagship FPS franchise with Halo Infinite. Surprisingly, there's a strong chance that we might not see a new Forza in 2019, breaking a nearly-decade long streak. But could we see a proper reveal of xCloud, Microsoft's answer to Google's Stadia game streaming service, instead?”
• E3 2019 predictions: what we expect from the big show [PC Gamer]
“We're edging close to E3, and we already know quite a bit about what will be there. We're getting new looks at Cyberpunk 2077 and Jedi: Fallen Order, our first look at the Avengers game, probably a bunch of announcements at Microsoft's press conference—as well as a bit of Halo Infinite, surely—and a couple of surprises from Ubisoft along with more about Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. E3 is also a carnival of surprises, though, and every year we do our best to guess at what the major publishers have in their back pockets. Based on the rumors we've heard and our own wild speculation, here's what we think might happen this year.”
• Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy XVI
• AMD jumps on the ray tracing bandwagon
• Bethesda announces The Elder Scrolls 6 again
• Lots of ludicrous teasers for games that aren't coming out for years
• 2016-2017 influences show up in full
• THQ Nordic announces 80 games in rapid-fire succession
• Microsoft brings Xbox emulation to PC
• I’m gonna have to go to the bathroom right when the FromSoftware game trailer begins
posted by Fizz (89 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
This weekend is like my very own Super Bowl of video game content. I'm so pumped for all the trailers, rumors, surprise releases, and memes.
posted by Fizz at 10:39 AM on June 7 [5 favorites]


i just need more death stranding content
posted by poffin boffin at 10:55 AM on June 7 [5 favorites]


I really hope Fallen Order doesn't suck.
posted by tobascodagama at 10:59 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


I really hope Fallen Order doesn't suck.

It's EA. I wouldn't hold my breath.
posted by Fizz at 11:00 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


And THQ Nordic can go to the dumpster. Where they belong.
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:00 AM on June 7 [13 favorites]


I mean who knows, we might get a miracle but considering EA's track record, I expect something along the lines of Battlefront in all of its loot-box-y glory.
posted by Fizz at 11:01 AM on June 7


Perhaps we'll see something at E3 to verify or add to this recent discovery:

Sources: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft First-Person Shooter To Focus On Diablo 4 And Overwatch 2

Article by Jason Schreier (most recent previously)
posted by Groundhog Week at 11:12 AM on June 7


If they would port Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Portal and Portal 2 to Switch, I'd be a super-happy guy.

If they bundle Wii Sports and Sports Resort and Portal 1 and 2 together (i.e. two bundles), I'be be ecstatic.

If they provide a bundle for the Switch with Portal 1, Portal 2 and either Portal 0 or 3, well, not sure how to describe my joy.
posted by MrGuilt at 11:13 AM on June 7 [3 favorites]


Fizz's E3 Predictions:
• Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch (Sadly nothing about Metroid 4)
• Animal Crossing announced and release date
• Switch Pro (unlikely but still hoping)
• Halo (TV Series and Halo: Reach Remastered gameplay/footage)
• Xbox Next Gen Console Announcement
• Marvel's Avengers video-game footage
• Cyberpunk 2077 (more footage and release date)
• New Splinter Cell game
• New Middle-Earth video game
posted by Fizz at 11:19 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Frankly, all I want from E3 is Spelunky 2 and UFO 50.


I have no idea if either game is even there, but a man can dream
posted by namewithoutwords at 11:26 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


And THQ Nordic can go to the dumpster. Where they belong.

At the start of the year, I'd have told you there are exactly two AAA franchises I'm still interested in, both because they're exactly the kind of over-the-top stupid I enjoy: Darksiders and Borderlands. Upon review of the past six months I would prefer less stupid from both of those franchises, please.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 11:27 AM on June 7 [3 favorites]


Halo (TV Series

america's next top spartan
posted by poffin boffin at 11:28 AM on June 7 [3 favorites]


announce a date for beyond good and evil 2 you cowards
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:29 AM on June 7 [2 favorites]


I'd be happy if they announced a genre.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 11:30 AM on June 7


I used to crash the Summer CES (in Chicago) and it was awesome. It seemed stupid at the time to abandon that show and go it alone, but SCES died a mere 4 years later.
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:34 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


• Switch Pro (unlikely but still hoping)

Really? The Wall Street Journal has had that rumor for a while, and they are pretty good about rumors.
posted by zabuni at 11:35 AM on June 7


@zabuni, I have a feeling they'll announce later in the year closer to autumn/winter.
posted by Fizz at 11:37 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Oh, I almost forget, we'll definitely see more gameplay of Wolfenstein: Young Blood and I'm fucking pumped about that.
posted by Fizz at 11:45 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Also: Borderlands2 bridge DLC release
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 11:54 AM on June 7


This is the first time in like....15 years I think...that I've owned a current generation console (switch) for E3. I'm excited to see what comes out from Nintendo!
posted by lazaruslong at 12:01 PM on June 7


SURPRISE: SHENMUE III IS LAUNCHING TUESDAY, SHENMUE IV'S COMING NOVEMBER 19TH, THE LIVE ACTION TELEVSION SERIES SHENMUE: JOURNEY TO THE WEST WHERE SHENMUE TEAMS UP WITH THE MONKEY KING HAS ALREADY BEEN ORDERED TO SIX SEASONS AND A MOVEI BY AMAZOON

AND SHENMUE IS NEXT SMASH DLC
posted by Caduceus at 12:05 PM on June 7 [5 favorites]


AND AFTER THAT DUKE NUKEMS
posted by Caduceus at 12:06 PM on June 7


actually the only reason not to put the Shenmue guy in Smash is that his name's Ryo Hazuki and there's already Ryu from Street Fighter in there, that might make them hesitate
posted by Caduceus at 12:08 PM on June 7


• E3 2019 predictions: what we expect from the big show
• Bethesda announces The Elder Scrolls 6 again another Skyrim re-release
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 12:30 PM on June 7 [3 favorites]


Here’s my pony request: Terraria for the Switch. My son is desperate for this. He loves, loves, loves Terraria, but is currently limited to playing an expired build on his iPad.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 12:32 PM on June 7 [2 favorites]


I'm looking forward to tuning in for just long enough to see the next 30 seconds of Elder Scrolls 6 footage.
posted by sfenders at 12:34 PM on June 7 [2 favorites]


his name's Ryo Hazuki and there's already Ryu

I mean, Ultimate already has Lucas/Lucario/Lucina, Peach/Pichu/Pikachu, Sheik/Shulk/Snake, Mario/Wario, Fox/Wolf, 2 Kings and 2 Kongs, 3 different Links and 3 Miis, 3 Samuses, 2 Pits, 2 Bowsers, half a dozen Princesses. If anything, Ryu/Ryo/Roy/ROB fits right in.
posted by oulipian at 12:40 PM on June 7 [2 favorites]


SUPER pumped for the Kentucky Route Zero Act V Part I teaser trailer
posted by phooky at 12:40 PM on June 7 [6 favorites]


I was hoping for a release of Sable, but it looks like it has been pushed to 2020.
posted by gwint at 12:46 PM on June 7


Personally, I'm not clicking on anything from The Verge or Polygon until the Vox Media strike is over.
posted by zamboni at 12:48 PM on June 7 [7 favorites]


I absolutely remember Zoop, from Viacom.
posted by griphus at 12:49 PM on June 7


Personally, I'm not clicking on anything from The Verge or Polygon until the Vox Media strike is over.
posted by zamboni at 12:48 PM on June 7 [+] [!]


Good news! It was a walkout and they're working today.

"Simone de Rochefort
@doomquasar

·
2h
To be clear: clicking Polygon stuff, watching Polygon videos, etc. *DOES NOT* mean you're crossing a picket line today! Please enjoy our stuff. We'll let you know if that changes."

(emphasis mine) I would imagine that goes for the Verge too, but if their writers say otherwise I'm totally down for staying away.

Also, I super appreciate the sentiment and I was right there with you today.
posted by gc at 12:56 PM on June 7 [7 favorites]


Super Monkey Ball Switch remaster, please.
posted by parm at 12:57 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


I will be honest: I am mostly excited for this E3 because my wife will be there giving a ton of interviews. When she last attended in 2011 it was as “fetcher of sandwiches”, and now she’s repping one of the AAA marquee titles as a dev-side producer. I’ve always been proud of her but this year marks a huge and much-deserved milestone, by any standard.

For myself, I’m mostly just hoping for a tentative release date on Cyberpunk 2077. I’m still not entirely convinced the game they’ve shown is possible, but if it actually exists as described then it’s going to make Skyrim look like small beer.
posted by Ryvar at 1:09 PM on June 7 [19 favorites]


Dragon's Dogma 2 would be great, but I know that's not going to happen. A bit of a teaser from Guerrilla for the next HZD would be nice (though that'll be Sony so not at E3).

I just kicked off up Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider last night having bought it last autumn... I've been rationing myself. So so happy to play as a queer woman of colour. I was hoping that would be the case and I'm thrtilled. Arkane makes no bones about it.

But I don't know what I'll play once I'm done. Before I finally started, I'd resorted to just flying randomly in No Man's Sky and that is getting pretty tired.

Borderlands Handsom Collection is free on PS+ this month so I may take a swing at that, but having watched a playthrough already I'm not sure it won't just annoy me with it's caustic arrogance even though you can play as a woman character. And, of course, the endgame reveals are super disturbing.

Divinity 2 might be a thing but I really don't like turn-based stuff, man I dunno. It's such a frigging dry spell right now. Sigh.
posted by seanmpuckett at 1:13 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


The new Fire Emblem already has a release date so I don't really need anything from E3 this year.
posted by tofu_crouton at 1:27 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Speaking of NMS, I think there's a good chance we'll finally find out what the mysterious "Third Pillar" for the Beyond update actually is.
posted by tobascodagama at 1:28 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Portal and Portal 2 to Switch

Is this a thing? Because if that were to happen it would be . . . well it would be hard to overstate my satisfaction.
posted by The Bellman at 1:41 PM on June 7 [4 favorites]


Overwatch 2? What a silly thought. Overwatch is an endless-patch-cycle game. You don't make a sequel to that, just like you don't make a World of Warcraft 2, or a League of Legends 2.
posted by I-Write-Essays at 1:51 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


his name's Ryo Hazuki and there's already Ryu

I mean, Ultimate already has Lucas/Lucario/Lucina, Peach/Pichu/Pikachu, Sheik/Shulk/Snake, Mario/Wario, Fox/Wolf, 2 Kings and 2 Kongs, 3 different Links and 3 Miis, 3 Samuses, 2 Pits, 2 Bowsers, half a dozen Princesses. If anything, Ryu/Ryo/Roy/ROB fits right in.


Hell, it launched with two Roys.
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:51 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Here’s my pony request: Terrariatris for the Switch.

Not "puyo" not "battle royale" - JUST GIVE ME TETRIS.
Look - I love Lumines and am glad it came over.
But just give me a good quality Tetris.

I love my switch but there are just too many games on my backlog on PC let alone switch. I'm focused on beating Witcher 3 now.

Christ Cyberpunk is gonna be insane... But I still have so many things to beat before I even think of buying that.

/r/games sure has a lot of Todd Howard hate. It's interesting to see the mass hating of Epic & Bethesda. Two companies I used to respect a lot, but I def feel their annoyance (if not their anger - why be angry about that, there's literal nazis in the streets to be worried about).

Honestly though I get really tired of the hype of multiplayer games. Especially when it's just competition for whatever streaming flavor of the month someone can be. I guess I'm more a solo gamer at heart, so I look forward to more from Ninty & Indie games than the big shooters and arenawhoozies.

Mostly I'm checked out of the "race".
posted by symbioid at 3:53 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Well shit I stand corrected.

I guess Shenmue in Smash isn't a joke prediction. I kinda expect that at some point.
posted by Caduceus at 5:07 PM on June 7


> Not "puyo" not "battle royale" - JUST GIVE ME TETRIS.

tetris 99 has something called “marathon mode,” which I think is just straight up ordinary single-player tetris.

(I say “I think” there because I’ve literally never clicked on it — every time I’ve considered it I’ve immediately thought “wait but I could play battle royale instead.”)
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 5:09 PM on June 7 [2 favorites]


I hope there's more information about Elder Scrolls 6; I'd really like to know more about the thing that will dominate every second of my free time for the next eight years todd plz release me from ur spell
posted by um at 6:10 PM on June 7 [3 favorites]


Overwatch 2? What a silly thought. Overwatch is an endless-patch-cycle game. You don't make a sequel to that, just like you don't make a World of Warcraft 2, or a League of Legends 2.

Read the article to find:

what we’ve heard about Overwatch 2 (or whatever it winds up being called) is that it’ll have a large PVE element. (A couple of Blizzard people have compared it to Left 4 Dead.)

So it isn't a replacement for OW, it's more like a massive pve dlc.
posted by Groundhog Week at 6:18 PM on June 7


Yeah Tetris 99 is a free download to play the online mode, and for ten bucks you can add just regular single-player Tetris to it
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:09 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Wake me up if 2K makes a XCOM 3 announcement. I want that deep, deep terror.
posted by GuyZero at 8:02 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I mean I know it's unlikely Nintendo will announce a new Switch for sale this very week and I still have like a half dozen 3DS games to plug my way through anyway and yet I'm still hoping for some sort of announcement. It's not like they're shy about handheld redesigns, and I'd be all over a clamshell switch even if it meant a second set of joycons for docked use.
posted by Kyol at 8:08 PM on June 7


I worked for a company that had a booth at E3 (in the basement, among the cd sleeve vendors and whatnot) (we produced and published user manuals and strategy guides), and even way back then everyone was talking about how irrelevant E3 had become.

(GOD Games was one of our bigger clients, to give you a better sense of how long ago this was.) (If user manuals, strategy guides, and cd sleeves didn’t do it for you.)
posted by notyou at 9:05 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Since this was discussed in thread earlier: Vox Media Union announces agreement with Vox after 29 hours of negotiating.
posted by gc at 9:38 PM on June 7


But will anyone be talking about ethics in games journalism?
posted by misterpatrick at 11:15 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]


I'm just hanging out on my sofa waiting for Miegakure.. any day now..
posted by thirdring at 12:30 AM on June 8


Wow, yikes, I knew Miegakure had been in development for a long time, but it hadn’t occurred to me that it was THAT long. Like, “looking forward to the Kinect!” long ago.
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:57 AM on June 8


I hope there's more information about Elder Scrolls 6; I'd really like to know more about the thing that will dominate every second of my free time for the next eight years todd plz release me from ur spell

Todd Howard has stated pretty clearly in pre-E3 interviews (because LOL that's a thing now) that they won't be showing much if anything about Starfield or TES6 this year, which is to say they're going back to their usual policy of only showing stuff that will be releasing in the same year.

I'm pretty sure the only reason we got those teasers for Starfield and TES6 last year is that they knew Fallout 76 would be really controversial (like ESO was before it) so they wanted to send a clear message that they're not abandoning single-player games to become a GaaS studio.
posted by tobascodagama at 5:42 AM on June 8


I NEED Animal Crossing info. That's the only thing I care about at E3.
posted by starlybri at 6:17 AM on June 8 [1 favorite]


Overwatch 2? What a silly thought. Overwatch is an endless-patch-cycle game. You don't make a sequel to that, just like you don't make a World of Warcraft 2, or a League of Legends 2.

Or Team Fortress.
posted by straight at 7:11 AM on June 8


Half Life 3 confirmed.
posted by loquacious at 7:29 AM on June 8 [2 favorites]


Someone said that splatoon 3 is being announced today???
posted by lazaruslong at 10:35 AM on June 8 [1 favorite]


and even way back then everyone was talking about how irrelevant E3 had become.

Every year people predict that this could be the last E3. I think it's only come close to happening once in that period (and that as I recall was from smaller developers threatening to boycott and start a new show). At this point E3 has had almost as many articles written about its imminent demise as has Saturday Night Live.
posted by dances with hamsters at 1:51 PM on June 8 [1 favorite]


Welp, Cyberpunk 2077 won E3 with that Keanu reveal, gg everyone
posted by adrianhon at 1:28 PM on June 9 [5 favorites]


Ninja Theory's Bleeding Edge looks like an interesting take on the Overwatch formula. I'm intrigued. And oddly enough, Gears of War 5 looks fun and like a return to old days of that franchise.
posted by Fizz at 1:58 PM on June 9


Wow, Phantasy Star Online 2. Wow.
posted by Fizz at 2:10 PM on June 9 [1 favorite]


Also, also, also, Halo Infinite and Project Scarlett. I have a feeling that Microsoft/Xbox is going to win the next console war. With all the quality of life improvements/backwards game compatibility and emphasis on cross-play, it makes sense to go that route.

While I appreciate Sony's Playstation, their closed model is feeling more and more outdated. What does everyone else think?
posted by Fizz at 2:45 PM on June 9


While I appreciate Sony's Playstation, their closed model is feeling more and more outdated. What does everyone else think?

The PS5 will be just as capable of reverse compatibility as the next Xbox (which is completely unsurprising given that the PS4/PS5/XB1/Next Xbox are all basically very custom PCs running an x86-64 architecture under the hood.) Also, as a long-time FFXIV player, I have to always laugh at the talk about Microsoft being "open" to crossplay - for those who don't know, the reason that there is no XB1 FFXIV client is because Microsoft refused to allow full crossplay between platforms, which was a dealbreaker for SE, and a similar demand is why The Elder Scrolls Online is platform segregated.
posted by NoxAeternum at 2:52 PM on June 9


Just for me, I'm gonna wanna play the next Zero Dawn, so ps5 it's gonna be.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 2:54 PM on June 9 [1 favorite]


Also, the PSO2 announcement reminds me of the release of FFXI in the US alongside the PS2 HDD addon, especially given how long PSO2 has been running in Japan.
posted by NoxAeternum at 3:28 PM on June 9


Ok, who had "Commander Keen mobile game" on their bingo card?
posted by tobascodagama at 6:10 PM on June 9 [1 favorite]




Count me in so far on From's Elden Ring. Miyazaki's been pretty good so far, Sekiro aside, about permitting diverse representation in games and I don't see any reason why this one wouldn't. It's nice it'll sbe out for PS4. Probably next year tho.

Arkane's Death Loop is intriguing with its black protagonists, though I reflexively want to push back about the woman fighting for the status quo and the man for change (which feels very awkward given current events), but not knowing why there's a time loop makes that feeling rather tentative. If the game lets you choose and stick to a side on start, and thus has at least two different playthroughs (kinda like Nier) that would be cool, and cooler if there's more variations afterwards. I can totally see Arkane doing that. On the other hand if you have to flip back and forth I'll be more tepid about it.

Cyberpunk 2077's claimed avatar customizability given me some hope, though CD Projekt Red has been pretty shit about its treatment of women in games. If it's just going to be Geralt in optional drag with the same hot garbage patriarchal bullshit but instead of trees and dirt it's neon and glitter, hard pass.

Keen to see if/what Sony will reveal this summer. Keen especially on The Last of Us sequel (it's a bit of a shock to remember that TLOU was a 2013 PS3 title, the PS4 is a remaster, so that's six years). Also, what the hell is going on with Dragon Age, damn it. I have no hope that Square Enix will stop releasing Bro Quests, and it's so disappointing. But then they also released Nier: Automata which was amazing. So I dunno. And then there's the hazy promise of Beyond Good and Evil 2....

A promising start, I guess? With some hope for diversity and representation?
posted by seanmpuckett at 8:32 AM on June 10 [2 favorites]


But then they also released Nier: Automata which was amazing. So I dunno.

We've already been told that Nier: Automata will be the basis for the next 24 man raid series in FFXIV.
posted by NoxAeternum at 8:37 AM on June 10


Arkane's Death Loop is intriguing with its black protagonists, though I reflexively want to push back about the woman fighting for the status quo and the man for change (which feels very awkward given current events), but not knowing why there's a time loop makes that feeling rather tentative. If the game lets you choose and stick to a side on start, and thus has at least two different playthroughs (kinda like Nier) that would be cool, and cooler if there's more variations afterwards.

Yeah, I'm withholding that judgment until we hear more about what the story's like. It definitely looks like a game that's built around unfolding a mystery via multiple playthroughs, from the brief story trailer we saw.

Definitely intrigued by both that one and Ghostwire from the E3 presentation. As well as, like, Doom Eternal looks pretty good, especially if it involves the Doom Slayer fighting angels because -- *Doom Slayer throws my keyboard across the room because he's bored with my speculation and wants to get back to killing demons*
posted by tobascodagama at 8:42 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


actually the only reason not to put the Shenmue guy in Smash

I'm not up to date on the current Smash roster- are there any sailors in the game?
posted by Uncle Ira at 9:20 AM on June 10


King K. Rool should absolutely count.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:42 AM on June 10




I'm officially annoyed at the gaming "press" being awestruck by Scarlett being reverse compatible. Three of the four Xbox platforms are running on the same damn architecture (which also happens to be the architecture in your PC or Mac.) I would have found it to NOT be reverse compatible to be the more surprising takeaway, given that.
posted by NoxAeternum at 4:17 PM on June 10


I'm stoked that Larian is making Baldurs Gate III.
posted by Marticus at 5:47 PM on June 10 [1 favorite]


Holy shit! Final Fantasy VII: Remake looks amazeballs!!!
posted by Fizz at 6:09 PM on June 10 [3 favorites]


And finally a FFVIII remaster for those of you who haven't experienced Time Compression.
posted by Kyol at 8:55 PM on June 10 [2 favorites]


If anybody’s wondering why people online are freaking out over the FFVIII remaster (and why it’s going to cost more than the $15 you can buy every other “classic” game in the series for), it’s the one Final Fantasy that never gets ported to other platforms – supposedly Square lost the original PS1 source code and assets, making it much more difficult to do anything other than re-release the exact same discs from 1999. Looks like they finally decided to spend the money it takes to deal with that.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 7:14 AM on June 11 [3 favorites]


I've been waiting so long for Animal Crossing that having it delayed until next March actually sounds better than I was expecting from Nintendo by now. Yay, it'll happen at all!
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:41 AM on June 11


BREATH OF THE WILD 2, Y’ALL
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:03 PM on June 11 [2 favorites]


BREATH OF THE WILD 2, Y’ALL

It's underground so they better call it Depth of the Wild.

(this is also commentary on overall simplicity of most of the puzzles in BotW and how I hope there is more depth in that department in this sequel)
posted by Groundhog Week at 12:14 PM on June 11


Last time they used "if we have Princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do?" as an excuse to avoid having Zelda as a playable character. The trailer shows Link falling so I hope the answer to their question in BOTW 2 is "Get saved by Zelda, of course."
posted by Memo at 12:43 PM on June 11 [2 favorites]


Wild, completely premature guess: Link and Zelda are afflicted by some kind of joint curse that traps one of them at a time in a spirit form, and you have to trade off which one has physical substance in order to solve puzzles.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:49 PM on June 11


ahhhh BotW 2!!!!!!!!!
posted by lazaruslong at 12:57 PM on June 11


I've actually heard that Animal Crossing's delay is related in part to Nintendo's refusal to engage in Crunch®, which, if true, is certainly encouraging.
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:33 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]


E3 thoughts:
I'm still not thoroughly convinced by Cyberpunk, but I'm extending benefit of the doubt after TW3.

Square had a good showing although it trades heavily on nostalgia. I'm there for Trials of Mana and the FFVIII remake (though I wouldn't have minded some AI magic on the prerendered backgrounds). Official release of Seiken Densetsu 3 is good, 16-bit Dragon Quest 11 is excellent and FFVII is looking quite better than previously although I'm not down with the battle system.

Nintendo was the highlight for me. The Link's Awakening remake is right up my alley, same for the Crypt of the Necromancer/ Cadence of Hyrule crossover and a darker Breath of the Wild sequel in 1-2 years would be great. Also Luigi's Mansion 3, Fire Emblem and likely Astral Chain / Daemon X Machina should make for some good times.

Portable Witcher 3 and Ni No Kuni are also welcome.

My only complaint is that there is still no Spelunky port for the Switch.
posted by ersatz at 2:50 AM on June 12 [1 favorite]


Previously on Metafilter In 2016 I posted to the Blue asking "RIP E3?"

The General consensus then seemed to be that yes, E3 as it was originally conceived is a dead thing (communicating with large scale vendors such as Wallmart that this gaming thing exists and it needs retail space), but it's .. adapting?

It still gains a bazillion eyeballs for the large keynotes, and with games-as-prouducts rapidly morphing into games-as-a-service for so many consumers (resistance is futile at this point) E3 doesn't look like it's going away entirely.

This year Sony stated they wouldn't be appearing at their own dedicated E3 show/keynote, yet Sony games were announced aplenty, mostly to be released in 2020 - right about when the new PlayStation 5 (or whatever it gets eventually called) will probably be released.

Who knows maybe in a few years E3 will be an entirely digital / streaming / VR / event, but I don't think it will stop happening entirely for a while.
posted by Faintdreams at 8:06 AM on June 12


Also I am here for the FF VIII remake (I missed the original entirely), and also ALL THE NEW ANIMAL CROSSING PLEASE TO BE PUTTING IT IN MY FACE ASAP!!

I am now going to start saving for up for a Switch console. I only stared playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my 3DS last week. It's eating my life . . . in a good way?
posted by Faintdreams at 8:18 AM on June 12


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