After one of the most incredible takeovers of downtown Los Angeles to date, E3 2019 has come to a close. The Trade Media team attended the premier gaming event, meeting with some of the industries best and brightest, and making sure to capture some of the show’s most remarkable activations. Read about our favorite moments below.
Joel – E3 2019 will go down as some what of an awkward event in the life cycle of games for me. We saw further details and first looks at a number of amazing titles including the likes of Cyberpunk 2077, DOOM Eternal, Deathloop, Watch Dogs Legion and Borderlands 3. The press conferences all seemingly impressed, with Bethesda’s my pick of the bunch – thanks to the marriage of fan service and the reveal of their new amazing middleware – Orion. The show was busy despite Sony’s absence and Xbox having their own space in the Microsoft theatre. So what was off?
With Microsoft’s confirmation that their next generation console will be arriving for Christmas 2020 – complete with a new Halo, it left us knowing that we have 18-months left in this console generation. You instantly realised that so many of these amazing titles we were seeing haven’t been dated, and we were left to wonder – will they pitch themselves as launch titles on a new generation, or launch for Q3 next year, re releasing 6 months later on next gen? In what has previously been described as ‘the harvesting period’ we will get the best games to ever come out on this generation, but what will be held back?
That said, March and April 2020 looks to be an amazing period for games!
Jordan – What is sure to be a landmark E3 for games streaming services, getting hands-on with a working demo was far and above the most impressive experience at this year’s show.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud has become the lucky service to enter critics hands first, safely separated from its final product thanks to its public project name. It held up incredibly for a first iteration, though Microsoft is sure to have learnt from the decades of failed prior attempts by similar services.
I can’t wait to see how these new services will impact the broader games industry, how publishers will take advantage of the opportunity to have consumers launch directly into their products. And how developers might create original, never before seen experiences using these new platforms.
Thanks to the combination of new hardware announcements, and confidence in the arrival of real-time game streaming, I can’t wait to see how the games industry landscape might look come 2020 and beyond.
– E3 2019 In Photos –