Joysticks Required: Publisher Media Briefing E3 Highlights

When it comes to console gaming at E3 we've highlighted what Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft showcased at their respective media briefings. Now let's take a look a what major publishers showed of during their own briefings.


Bethesda kicked off the publishers briefing Sunday evening with their first E3 showcase.
Not game-specific related, but Bethesda announced the creation of a their digital platform, Bethesda,net. It will expand how gamers create and share content regardless of gaming platform. will include game news, forums, videos, articles, and new features as it relates to all Bethesda games.

We haven't seen a Doom installment in 11 years, and Sunday Bethesda showed off a gameplay trailer of the reboot describing it as "taking first person shooter to a whole new level."
Stranded on a massive UAC research facility on Mars, your goal is to wipe out demons that were brought from hell. And kill them you will. Not only does the trailer show some bad-ass gun slinging, but precise hand-to-hand combat including literally ripping a demons leg off and beating him with it.
The multiplayer for Doom looks to be arena-style with various maps including research facilities and even Hell itself.
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In addition to multiplayer, the Doom SnapMap was announced. A feature that gives every player, no matter the console, the ability to create their own Doom maps completely from scratch and be able to scare them via the digital platform.
Doom will be out Spring 2016 on PS4, Xbox One & PC.

Next we see a sequel of it's namesake from Arkane Studios, Dishonored 2. The trailer show classic steam-punk style first person shooter much like the original, but enhanced. Leaping from building to building and switching back and forth between first and third person view, originally we're not quite sure who we're following. It then becomes clear you are Emily Kaldwin, the rightful heir to the Isles and kidnapped in the first Dishonored game. The empire of the Isles is in jeopardy once again, when an unwisely usurper seizes the throne. This time, you have a choice to play as either Corvo Attano, the royal protector, or Emily Kaldwin. 
With obvious sub-human powers and badass weaponry, Dishonored 2 looks to be able to live up to it's name.

No release date was announced but it will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Along with a the sequel, Arkane Studios also announced a next-gen version of the original dubbed Dishonored: Definitive Edition, including all downloadable content. It will be available this August

Towards the end of their briefing, Global Vice President of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines playfully announced their showcase would be ending, however the audience reminds him of one slight game he forgot to discuss..
The gaming world already exploded when the Fallout 4 announcement and trailer was publicly released just days before E3. Bethesda took a large amount of time to talk about this latest addition to the Fallout series. The beginning of the game seems to take place before the bombs fell, during a time where there was major threat of nuclear war.
In the long gameplay footage, they show that the character you choose is customizable in practically every way shape and form. You chose every interaction and responses as well. You'll explore the massively detailed ruins of downtown Boston as you emerge 200 years later as the sole survivor of the nuclear attack. You'll also be fully wielded with 50 base weapon options, over 700 modification abilities for those weapons and the ability to mod your own armor.

The Pip-Boy is an integral part of the Fallout experience. Bethesda announced that an actual wearable Pip-Boy has been made and will be included in the collectors edition of Fallout 4.
It will be fully operational as a second screen companion and you can even put your phone in it and run it from the app available. The real Pip-Boy will be fully functional by the same code used in that of the Pip-Boy in the game which will allow you to be able to use it no matter the platform.
Fallout 4 will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC November 10, 2015.


A new Mirrors Edge title was announced by EA dubbed Catalyst. An action adventure where we will see the origin story of the female protagonist, Faith. The in-engine trailer shows the first person experience lacks guns but makes up for it in efficiency, recognition of the environment and martial arts combat. You're surrounded by a city run by corporations where citizens have virtually no freedom or privacy. The last hope in saving the city from itself, is you.
Mirrors Edge: Catalyst will be released February 23, 2016 to PS4, Xbox One and PC February 23, 2016.

It's been two months since Star Wars Battlefront was originally announced and not only game fans but Star Wars fans in general have been begging for more. Being described as a game that will immerse you in an authentic visually stunning universe, Star Wars Battlefront recreates locations and props from the original trilogy movies. The pre-alpha gameplay shows various characters being played in the series including Luke Skywalker. Players will have the ability to play in classic Star Wars battle scenes in either single or multiplayer modes that can reach as large as 40 players, or as intimate as 8.
Star Wars Battlefront comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC November 17, 2015.

Got the need? The Need for Speed? In it's 21st year, a new Need for Speed game is on the way. The initial basic trailer shown at first shows insane graphics and detail. The physical based rendering in the game will make you question what is real and what is actual game play. We can see this in the later gameplay trailer as it's consistently jumping back and forth between actual video footage with actors and the gameplay. The theme of the game is said to be inspired by other games in the series and hugely open world with extreme customization to your cars. A new kind of narrative will be introduced with 5 overlapping story lines as well.
Need for Speed comes out November 3, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

A cute little playful puzzle indie game featured in Unravel follows the character Yarny made completely of yarn that unravels as you moves. The game is explained to as a huge metaphor for life and how you live. The yarn represents love and the bonds we make. It unravels because of the distance between you and the ones you love. 
The trailer shows Yarny navigating through constant obstacles that he must overcome. Players have to be creative to find the proper path through these obstacles with help from the material Yarny is actually made out of. Roping himself across a gap, and even tying himself to a leaf made into a kite to fly away.
No release date, but it looks to already be available on pre-order for PC and will be in development for PS4 and Xbox One.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 was mildly announced during Microsoft's conference but EA dug more into detail during their time on the stage. Much like it's previous namesake, it's a team shooter that "doesn't take itself too seriously". In GW2 the plants are actually the ones that are on the attack. You'll be joined by 6 new character classes from the past, the present and the future.
The live gameplay mode shows a 4 player zombie co-op mode in the classic arena-style game battling waves and waves of different plant enemies.
Single play is also available, playing every map versus an AI or a friend on a local split-screen.
Players that own and play the original Garden Warfare 2 will have the ability to transfer their characters to GW2 as well

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC Spring 2016.

Brazillian soccer player Pele made a special appearance for a minor Q&A and to promote FIFA16.
The scenes from the latest FIFA title shows extensive additions to show true realistic soccer mechanics. Motion capturing technology was used to keep everything in the game as close to an actual soccer game as possible. For the first time in FIFA game history you will now have the ability to play women's teams.
FIFA16 is now available for pre-order and will be released to Xbox One, PS4 and PC September 22, 2015.


After South Park creators finished up South Park: The Stick of Truth they said they would never create a video game ever again. Well they were wrong. The new addition to the South Park gaming franchise is titled South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Shown off by Matt Stone and Trey Parker it's said to continue the story from The Stick of Truth. The gameplay will be slightly different, this time playing as superheroes and focusing more on your characters back story. 
No release date announced but it will be on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

With an unexpected and slightly awkward impromptu Jason Derulo concert right there on stage, we see a little bit more from Just Dance 2016. A major change is that console dancers of the game won't need a camera hooked up to their console such as the Xbox Kinect or PlayStation camera. Somehow there will be a way to actually use your smart phone in it as a motion controller.
The new Just Dance title will be out October on Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 consoles and also on WiiU, Xbox One and PS4. Next-gen consoles will also get the Just Dance Unlimited streaming service subscription option. It'll bring new songs and classic songs from previous Just Dance titles.

Announced at last years E3 we see more from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Patriots successor, Rainbow Six Seige. The theatrical trailer shown is so life-like with real life actress Angela Bassett as Six, the leader of Rainbow Six, the anti-terrorism unit. Ubisoft also announced Terrohunt would be back in Seige. It will be playable solo or with up to 4 friends versus the AI. The live demo gameplay shows a team of 5 maneuvering as quiet and tactically as possible to disarm a terrorist bomb threat.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC October 13 with beta beginning on September 24.

Of course there will be another Assassin's Creed title. We've known for a while now but most footage has been hush hush until E3. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate with be the ninth major game in the series set in the time of the Industrial Revolution following two twins, Jacob and Evie Frye as they fight against the Templars. As we see in the E3 trailer, the game will keep it's third person perspective with complete open world gameplay and precision combat only an Assassin's Creed game could bring you. This time you are not completely alone. You have a street gang of "The Rooks" with you. The game completely encapsulates the feel of the Industrial Revolution with gadgets and new guns to assist you on your journey throughout London.

In classic Assassin's Creed fashion, Syndicate will be available October 23 on Xbox One and PS4 and will be released on PC sometime during Quarter 4 or 5, 2015.

As the conference was wrapping up, Ubisoft announced they had been working on a new project, in secret. We see in the trailer shown that it will be a tenth installment to the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series, Wildlands. The game is set in Bolivia, which in the game, is the largest supplier of drugs like cocaine in the world. The U.S. Army dispatches a special operations unit called the Ghosts to destroy all drug cartels. This will be the first in the Ghost Recon series to feature an open world environment. No release date, just this super sneak peak, but the game will supposedly be released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Square Enix

Square Enix begins their first game preview with a bang. Literally. The Just Cause 3 trailer shown is not necessarily a trailer, but an explosive, destructive intense experience. 

The looks like the true definition of an open world game with 400 square miles from sky to sea. Rico Rodriguez returns to Medeci to liberate it from it's dictatorship rule. Square Enix makes a point to point out the grapple hook feature has been improved and a wing suit has been added to the many gadgets provided in the game.
Just Cause 3 will be out December 1 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Kingdom Hearts series Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto was a huge tease as fans were begging for more information on not only Kingdom Hearts 3, but the Final Fantasy VII remake which was first announced during Sony's press conference. Nothing else from the remake, other than the fact that they're doing it. They did however announce that the PC version of the original would be available on PlayStation 4 sometime this winter and that they are working on making a mobile version as well.

We're finally shown more footage of Kingdom Hearts 3 including a very long gameplay trailer. The battle mechanics look to be the same as previous Kingdom Hearts console games as well as playing as Sora joined again by Goofy and Donald again. We also see two characters playing chess that could be younger versions of Master Xehanort and Eraqus in an intense metaphor for balancing light and dark. 
Not much discussion about the plot, but we know the events of KH3 will take place immediately after Dream Drop Distance. New worlds will also be introduced as Square Enix announced at least one new world, Tangled.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place in 2029, 2 years after the end of human revolution.
Adam Jensen is back as he joins Interpol in a special task force that is aimed at stopping terrorist attacks from around the world. However you're a double agent, believing that the Illuminati has created the task force to eliminate their own threats and serve their own interests. The story of this Deus Ex addition will change based on your actions throughout gameplay, which means the ending will be based on your choices throughout the game. The in game trailer proves that this will be filled with more weapon enhancements and augmentations to assist players. 
Out early 2016. on Xbox, PlayStation and PC, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is already available for pre-order. 

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E3 2015 was definitely one for the books. So many new innovations to the gaming industry, new game titles and series' coming to your console! This is definitely a wonderful time to be a gamer!

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Joysticks Required: Nintendo/WiiU E3 Digital Events Highlights

Nintendo began the press briefing on the official Day 1 of E3 2015 Tuesday with their Digital Event. Unlike the other conferences, Nintendo played an hour-ish long video showing off new additions to the WiiU and the 3DS
Instead of speeding through trailers and each game, Nintendo spent a lot of in time digging in depth to each game that was discussed.

Nothing hardware-wise. That probably comes as no surprise. They did, however, mention something about Nintendo NX and that more details would be coming 2016. 
As you'll see most of the titles announced are based off of Super Mario Bros., mainly because of it's 30th anniversary. There were numerous other titles announced for the 3DS but let's focus on the games announced for the WiiU.
They started with a very cute puppet-themed intro, followed by the world premiere of a new Star Fox Trailer including gameplay on the WiiU controller coming Holiday 2015. They then go into the developer story discussing more details of the creation of the game. 

Players will be fully immersed on the piloting aspect of the Star Fox Zero, being able to fully pilot your craft with the WiiU controller. This game will allow players to utilize the gamepad for cockpit view while showing a wider view on your TV. Hence the name, it will not be a sequel or a remake. Possibly a prequel? Star Fox Zero will be out sometime during the Holiday season this year.

To celebrate the Mario Bros. 30th anniversary, Nintendo is coming out with Super Mario Maker. The Mario addition allows you to create your own Super Mario Bros. levels on the WiiU using classic Mario scenes and characters. You will also have the ability to share the levels with players from all over the world.

Making your own Super Mario Bros. creation won't be a daunting task. Nintendo says they will provide a small design book with basic examples for reference. Nintendo went back and forth with mention this game and looking deeper into the development of it during their digital event. While it won't be released until September 11 of this year, certain Best Buy stores around the country will allow you to test out the game Wednesday, June 17 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time and Saturday, June 20 Noon - 5 p.m., a feature dubbed Mario Maker All Access.

An extension from Mario, Yoshi's Woolly World looks like a fun new playful addition to the WiiU collection.
The game plays entirely off the yarn theme. Yoshi himself is made of yarn and has the ability to transform himself entirely to completely daunting obstacles throughout each level. The world around Yoshi is made of yarn as well, giving the players the ability to even transform the world around you.
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Yoshi's Woolly World was described as being a very collectible game that will make everyone want to play all levels over and over again. The Yoshi-starred game will be released on the WiiU October 16, 2015.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, where classic Super Mario Bros. characters battle it out...on the tennis court. But it's not your typical tennis game. Obstacles and power-ups are involved to give you the upper hand against your foes. The trailer was very brief but we see some of that characters can turn into larger versions of themselves for super shots to improve their chances of winning the game. 
We haven't seen a Mario Tennis game since Mario Tennis Open on the 3DS in 2012. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will be on the WiiU sometime this holiday season.

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Joysticks Required: Sony/Playstation E3 Media Briefing Highlights

Sony closed the Monday E3 media briefing, showcasing their plans for what they would be highlighting at the expo the rest of the week.

Here's a look at some of the major announcements and showcases.

PlayStation 4 Hardware
Really the only hardware shown in the press briefing was Project Morpheus.
We all know the virtual reality headset battle is coming. Sony showed theirs off Monday evening with Project Morpheus. They showed that Morpheus was developed specifically for the PS4, meaning developers are working on creating this as a 360 degree gaming experience exclusively for PlayStation users.
Sony also shows off "Rigs", a 3v3 battle arena, described as being "esports, Morpheus style."
Not much else was mentioned about Morpheus other than fans would have the ability to try it out on the expo floor during the rest of E3.

PlayStation Games and Features
With a slight lack of any new major hardware announcements, PlayStation set their conference focus on featuring new PlayStation exclusive games and features. The conference sped through some games they probably should have spent more time on, but it was probably caused by the massive amount of game announcements in the first place.

PlayStation has delved into the music streaming business, partnering with Spotify, they've delved into the TV business with their flagship TV show Powers, and now they're reaching into the cable TV business with Playstation Vue. Vue will be the first paid TV service that allows subscribers to choose to subscribe to a specific channel without having to subscribe to an entire bundle. So far the only a la carte options are Showtime, Machinima, and Fox Soccer Channel. This is only the birth of PlayStation Vue. Hopefully more channels will jump on board in the future for a truly customized television experience.
So far Vue is in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. Monday Sony announced it would be reaching to Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

PlayStation's gaming lineup started with a bang. The Last Guardian. Finally. We've been waiting to see a glimpse of hope for this game for six years. Sony showed an EXTREMELY long (7-minutes to be exact) gameplay trailer for the Team ICO game.
The trailer shows a young boy exploring what looks like a ruined architecture area. He has some near death experiences while treading around, but is saved by a large...eagle-goat-dog looking creature.

Riddled with delays and complications, The Last Guardian will (hopefully) be released in 2016.

A new Destiny adventure arises. Destiny isn't PlayStation exclusive, neither will this expansion be. Destiny: The Taken King will, however come with new content, gears and maps that will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 users.

We next see a glimpse of a new release from Killzone developers, Guerrilla.
Horizon: Zero Dawn shows a somewhat futuristic post-apocalyptic world over thrown by AI machines. Humans are scarce and live in tribes. The gameplay shows a strong female protagonist as the main character, hunting machines around her area.
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Horizon: Zero Dawn will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4 sometime in 2016.

We haven't seen a Hitman game on console in three years. We also haven't seen a Hitman movie in eight years. A new movie is set to be in theaters August 21st.
What better way to bring the title to next-gen console gaming, then by simply calling it Hitman? PlayStation shows off a short, but classic, new Hitman trailer. The new installment will have gamers travel to exotic locations around the world as Agent 47. Said to be "the most ambitious Hitman ever created."
PlayStation 4 users that pre-order Hitman will have access to the exclusive beta. There will also be 6 contracts that are exclusive to PS4 players when the game launches. More from Hitman will be shown at the Square Enix press conference on Tuesday.
Hitman pre-orders have already begun, full release to PlayStation 4 is 12/8/15. Release to Xbox One and PC will be sometime in 2016.

Probably one of the most ambitious games we'll see at E3 is No Man's Sky. It's the open world of open world games. It looks too large to even comprehend.
The world (or gaming area for the sake of discussion) is described as a "universe size sand box, full of choices" and an infinite procedurally generated galaxy. We definitely see that in the live gameplay on stage.
It's not just cruising around, fighting in space. There's exploring different galaxies, survival, trading, traveling, and much more. To show us how huge the game they zoom out to show probably thousands among thousands of suns that have their own planets and their own systems. "Some of them have been visited, some of the haven't, some of them never will be."
No Man's Sky will be released sometime this year on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is set to be released November 16th and while Microsoft has held the exclusive DLC content in the past, it now comes exclusively to PlayStation 4. The trailer shows that the co-op play allows you to play with up to 4 friends on campaign mission. They also announce PlayStation 4 gamers will be the first to play map packs from this series of Call of Duty. PS4 users that pre-order the game will also have beta access to the multiplayer capabilities this August.

I think everyone by now can agree that the biggest announcement at Sony's PlayStation conference was the remake of Final Fantasy VII for next-gen consoles. Fans have been demanding this for so long and now it's coming and it will come first to PlayStation 4.

Nothing but a teaser trailer at the E3 Sony press conference to get everyone's minds blown.

It should probably come as no surprise that Sony closed out it's PlayStation press conference with a gameplay trailer of the upcoming Uncharted 4. This will be Naughty Dog's latest and long awaited addition to the Uncharted franchise. The gameplay trailer shows some very classic Uncharted themes. Brawling in the market streets with an attempt escape in a Jeep trying to outrun whoever is after Nathan Drake this time. Another game title that has been riddled with delays upon delays, but if this in fact the final Uncharted title Naughty Dog is determined to make it the best yet.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is set to be released March 2016.

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