Biggest E3 2019 News So Far: Ten Great Things

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BY September 27, 2019

With the annual video game convention only about halfway over, the biggest E3 2019 news might not even have broken yet. Giants in the industry, like Nintendo, haven’t even held their press conferences for the year. Still, with only part of E3 2019 behind us, it’s a good time to look back at the biggest revelations from the event so far. From new games, celebrity cameos, dogs, and even new consoles, there’s plenty to learn about. If you are eager to see where the next year in gaming is going to take us, dive in below for the highlights. Also, be sure to check the front page often for in-depth looks at these forthcoming titles, services, and products.

Number One: Microsoft’s New Console Named “Project Scarlett”

While they didn’t offer much in the way of specifics, the biggest E3 2019 news so far is about the next Xbox console. Microsoft revealed a name, sort of. They didn’t tell us the official name of the new console, but they did reveal its code name is “Project Scarlett.” It will be a console optimized for gaming, including an AMD chip and boasting frame rates of 120 FPS. It will have a physical disk drive, despite the push towards digital gaming, and will be backwards-compatible with all Xbox games.

Number Two: Sony a No-Show, But Plenty of PS4 Games

It is no secret that Sony also plans to release a new console in the near future, so one of the biggest E3 2019 news items is what they aren’t saying. Sony doesn’t have a presence there this year, at least not exactly. Still, the PS4 had a good convention regardless because of the great new games announced for the console. Doom Eternal, the latest game in the Doom series, premiered a trailer that promises gory action and great graphics. Also, Final Fantasy VII, one of the most beloved in the franchise, is getting a new version exclusively for the PS4.

Number Three: Cyberpunk 2077 Starring Keanu Reeves

When Keanu Reeves shows up, it shouldn’t be a surprise that appearance is some of the biggest E3 2019 news. The John Wick star showed up to announce his role in the upcoming game from CD Projekt Red: Cyberpunk 2077. This game updates the beloved tabletop game from the 1980s, Cyberpunk 2020, with a story set more than a half-century after the events of that game. When he called the experience of the game “breathtaking,” a fan interrupted him to say that it was Reeves himself who was breathtaking. Not only did he get a cheer from the audience, but the developers gifted that fan with a $250 edition of the game.

Number Four: New Halo Game with New Xbox

While Keanu Reeves might have overshadowed this bit of the biggest E3 2019 news, Microsoft teased their newest console codenamed ‘Project Scarlett.’ Yet, the new console will be interesting for another reason. A new title, Halo Infinite, will continue the sage of Master Chief and bring back some beloved features lost in the previous game, Halo 5: Guardians. This marks the first time in nearly two decades that a new Xbox would ship with a new Halo title. Also, there’s a new series from Showtime on the horizon based on the game. This next year might just be the year of Halo!

Number Five: Elden Ring Gets the George R.R. Martin Treatment

A vague trailer showing a long-haired man blacksmithing and a quick shot of a knight were the introduction to the new game Elden Ring. FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki, of Dark Souls fame, partnered with George R.R. Martin to develop this new mythology. Announced during Microsoft’s pre-E3 panel, this game promises beautiful game cinematography. It will be available only for Windows and Xbox, published by Bandai Namco.

Number Six: Jedi Fallen Order Biggest E3 2019 News for Star Wars Fans

Since Starkiller hung up his dual-lightsabers, Star Wars fans clamored for a new game to take its place. Fans of the franchise have had Lego games, the MMORPG The Old Republic (the spiritual successor to KOTOR), and the new Battlefront series. Yet, Jedi Order marks a return to the third-persona adventure game area for Star Wars. Set in between the prequel and original trilogies, the game follows a young Jedi who survived Order 66 played by Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan. The gameplay footage also revealed a cameo from Rogue One’s Saw Guerra, as played by Forrest Whittaker.

Number Seven: Destroy All Humans Getting an Update

The 1950s alien invasion parody video game Destroy All Humans is one of the video game gems of the mid-oughts. It spawned three sequels and maintained a rabid fan base, even as its original studios and publisher went out of business. Yet, in recent years, THQ Nordic has introduced upgraded versions of the first two games for modern consoles. This year, they announced that a new version of the game, also titled Destroy All Humans, will be released in 2020.

Number Eight: Ikumi Nakumura Shines In Presentation

The biggest E3 2019 news out of Tango Gameworks is not their new horror, action-adventure game Ghostwire. Rather, Ikumi Nakumura, the young developer who introduced the game at the presentation captured the headlines. Speaking accented English, it was clear Nakumura was a little nervous. Yet, her charm, affability, and excitement for the game won the hearts of the crowd and the internet-at-large. She’s worked closely with Shinji Maikami, who founded the studio, and has an impressive résumé of titles including Okami, Bayonetta, and The Evil Within.

Number Nine: Netflix Announces Film Based on Division

Fans of Ubisoft’s The Division got some exciting news from streaming giant Netflix. Three years ago, a film based on the game was announced with Jake Gyllenhaal’s name attached. Since then, however, there hasn’t been much news. Finally, Netflix announced that they would be the new home for the feature film and franchise hopeful. Though, movies based on video games often struggle, as Gyllenhaal knows. He starred in 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time adaptation, which was both a critical and financial flop.

Number Ten: Ubisoft Brings a Very Good Boy Onstage

Not to be outdone by Microsoft, Ubisoft’s presentation also sought star power. So, they brought the Punisher himself, Jon Berenthal, out on stage. There to promote his role in the new Ghost Recon: Breakpoint game, he ended up being upstaged by someone supposed to be his best friend. Rescue pit bull Bam Bam joined Berenthal onstage, laying down like a good boy. Despite the cheers, flashes, and attention, Bam Bam seemed undisturbed by the cheering throngs of fans.

What were some of your favorite moments of E3 2019 so far? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share the article on social media so your friends can get in on the conversation.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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