Tuesday kicked off this years 3 day long E3 event. With conferences from Microsoft, E.A., Ubisoft, and Sony, there was a lot of focus on software to start this years conferences.
Microsoft gave a 90 minute long presentation that started with some extensive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay, showing users how the game will run on Xbox One. Also featured were the release of several third party titles, as well as a new Tomb Raider game Rise of the Tomb, expected to be out in 2015, and Halo: Master Chief Collection that includes all four Halo titles plus the upcoming Halo movie. While on the topic of Halo games, the first trailer for Halo 5: Guardians was also shown. Shockingly there was no news on the Kinect, which originally was supposed to be a major focus of the Xbox One, and has now been removed all together from some of the lower priced bundles.
E.A. took the stage for the next 60 minutes announcing a closed Beta for Battlefield Hardline available Monday for PlayStation 4 and PC. The release of Sims 4 was also discussed, which is set for Sept. 2 this year, and Mirrors Edge scheduled for release in 2015. Other games that are a glimpse into the future of releases from this company were also mentioned.
Ubisoft eased anticipation of fans by finally showing them a glimpse of the gameplay from Far Cry 4 and then wowed Rainbow Six fans with the announcement of the long awaited release of Rainbow Six: Siege sometime next year. Then on a more family friendly level, they announced the release of Just Dance Now, which takes this franchise to new levels by allowing users to make their smartphone their controller and connect to any PC, tablet, or Smart TV to play.
Sony was up last in the lineup with the announcement of PS4 exclusive games, such as the newest addition to Little Big Planet, Little Big Planet 3, created by Sony studios Media Molecule and Sony’s Naughty Dog’s release of the fourth and maybe even last game in the line of Uncharted games, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Sony did briefly touch on some hardware topics, showing off the PlayStation TV. It was previously announced for Japanese release, becoming available to the rest of the world later in the year.