E3 Round-Up: Gamer Conference Delivers for Most
June 16th- 18th saw the return of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, widely regarded as the key conference for game enthusiasts and developers alike, with leading industry players including hardware vendors such as Sony and Microsoft, and games companies like Ubisoft and EA in attendance.
The highlight of E3 is in seeing which pre-conference rumours truly have some fact to them, and no announcement was better received than Bethesda’s unveiling of Fallout 4, which has been the focus of fan-driven campaigns for several years. Bethesda were also lauded for announcing PC mod compatibility with Fallout 4 on the Xbox One console.
PlayStation Announces an Enviable Line-up
Even though in sales terms the PS4 leads Microsoft’s Xbox One, at times the PS4s games offering has appeared to be lacking. However this changed with major titles including The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4, and Assassins Creed: Syndicate announced at E3. It is worth noting however that with the delay to Unchartered 4 (due out in 2016) PlayStation will not have any exclusive titles launching over the ever important Christmas period.
Xbox Looks to the future: Offers consumers chance to revisit the past
Microsoft announced a few surprises, the most significant of which was that Xbox360 games will be made compatible on the Xbox One. We also saw several Xbox exclusive titles on display, including Halo 5: Guardians and a new game franchise: Recore.
Nintendo Surprise with Muppets Presentation
Nintendo provided a skit with executives Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata appearing as Muppets.
There was however disappointment at no further news on Nintendo’s rumoured next gen console- the NX.
Source: Nintendo Enthusiast
Drawing in consumer’s interest remains paramount for console and games developers as Juniper’s research PC & Console Games: Trends, Opportunities and Vendor Strategies 2014-2019 found that global revenues from PC and Console games will fall to $41bn by 2019. Events such as E3 offer an opportunity for those in the game industry to innovate and present their products in the best light possible.