The Ten Biggest Announcements From E3 2018

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Over the last few days, the biggest companies of the games industry have got together in LA to show what's ahead for the next few years. If you don't have a full day to catch up on all the conferences, here are the ten biggest announcements that came out of E3.

The Elder Scrolls VI

That's right, after seven years of simply porting Skyrim to every new system that came along (including Amazon's Alexa), Bethesda is finally ready to commit to a new Elder Scrolls game. We don't have much information on it yet, but at least we know it's finally coming!

Forza Horizon 4

After 2016's Forza Horizon 3, set in a geographically confused but still beautiful version of Australia, set the bar for racing games, Forza is back with a new game. This time we're going to the beautiful country lanes and lush fields of Britain, all in a shared online world.

Halo Infinite

This year's E3 also revealed the first main Halo game since Halo 5 back in 2015. Halo Infinite will continue the main storyline, though as with most newly announced games we don't have much detail on what the game will be about yet. Halo Infinite is expected to be a 2019 release.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Even though Ubisoft's latest Assassin's Creed epic was leaked before its reveal at E3, it's never really a surprise to know we're getting new games in the franchise. The next game is going to be set in Ancient Greece, and Ubisoft is looking to shake up the features of the popular game series even more in its next installment.

The Division 2 Release Date

After the first game's disappointing release, The Division 2 is looking to make up for all the flaws of the original and get it right from the beginning this time. Whether it works or not? Well, we'll see when it releases on March 15, 2019.

Ghost of Tsushima

While not a big name in games, Ghost of Tsushima is an interesting game to check out for those who are more interested in new, original titles. For once a game that's not a sequel, remake or reboot got to take the main stage at Sony's conference, and it was this gorgeous feudal samurai game.

Kingdom Hearts Release Date

Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced all the way back in 2013, if you can believe it. Since then updates have been on and off on the highly awaited sequel, until this year we finally got a release date: January 29, 2019. Mark your calendars, Kingdom Hearts fans.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Even though it was announced in a pretty low key way, this is big news for Star Wars fans. The franchise is getting its first single player Star Wars game since EA got the license. Fallen Order will be about a padawan who survived Order 66, and now is being hunted down by the Empire, in a setting that sits between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

New Xbox Consoles Are Coming

Again this was based off a throwaway remark at the end of Microsoft's conference, but it's confirmed that new Xbox consoles (note the plural) are in development. We don't have any information on what they might be like or what they'll be called, but Phil Spencer confirmed in an interview with Eurogamer that Xbox would continue its focus on providing backwards compatibility with old games.

Game Streaming Services Are The Next Big Thing

While not a single announcement, game streaming services were brought up multiple times across the various conferences. EA's Origin Access subscription service is being upgraded with a new 'premium' tier, which will allow subscribers access to games ahead of their mainstream release dates.

Meanwhile, Phil Spencer announced that his team were working on a solution for streaming games across multiple devices, PC, console and mobile. Of course PlayStation already has a decent platform with PlayStation Now, but this year there seemed to be a renewed focus on streaming. Is this going to be how we all play games in a few years?


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    Meanwhile, Phil Spencer...Sorry Phil, but I just can't read your name without picturing Phil Spector. But I doubt your hair is as good as his.

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