E3 2017: Exciting new games that are headed your way
It is that time of the year again when game developers introduce their upcoming gaming titles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. The three-day event (13-15 June) will open for public at Los Angeles Convention Centre, California, on Tuesday, but a few games such as FIFA 18 and Need for Speed Payback have already been announced. Among hardware announcements this year, Microsoft’s new console called the Xbox One X and Intel’s new family of high-end chipsets under the X series are notable.
Nintendo’s new hand-held gaming console Switch will be getting some new titles as well.
If you have been planning on upgrading from Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3, now is the time as there are hardly any titles being released for these two consoles.
Here are some of the games which have been announced so far.
Expected on Xbox One, Sony PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch
The upcoming title to EA Sports’ FIFA series will be known as the FIFA 18. The story mode which was added to the series last year will be revived too and will be called Journey: Alex Hunter Returns. The game is based on the same Frostbite game engine used in last year’s game. EA Sports has improved player controls, crowd variations, and player likeness to their real-life counterparts. Real Madrid striker Christiano Ronaldo will be on the cover this time. The game will be available on 29 September 2017.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Expected on Xbox One X, Xbox One, PS4, PC
The next game in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Series is set in ancient Egypt, while the storyline revolves around the origins of the Assassins brotherhood. Gamers can now earn game XPs/points by defeating the enemy. It is an open world game, and allows players to locate assassination targets, use the ancient art of archery where five arrows can be fired simultaneously, as showed in the game’s demo video released by Ubisoft. The game will be available in the market on 27 October 2017 and will support 4K games.
Forza Motorsport 7
Expected on Xbox One X, Xbox One,PC
Developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft, the next iteration in the popular auto racing series will be launched in the market on 3 October 2017 at $59 (approximately Rs3,800). The game is based on the ForzaTech game engine and supports gaming in true 4K resolution and refresh rate of 60 fps.It will include over 700 unique cars, 200 challenges and 30 unique racing destinations.
Wolfenstein 2: Colossus
Expected on Xbox One, PS4, PC
Bethesda Game Studios is working on the sequel to the Wolfenstein and it will be known as Wolfenstein 2: Colossus. Set in the 1960s in an alternate reality where United States is controlled by the Nazis, the game is a first-person shooter game, where players get to control the key figures of the resistance movement and shoot down as many Nazis as possible. The game will be releasing on 27 October 2017 at $59 (approximately Rs3,800) and can be pre-ordered for the same day delivery as the day of release.
Age of Empires
Expected on PC
Microsoft is working on a remastered version of their classic strategy game Age of Empires to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The game will have a new audio track and improved graphics with the option to play it in even 4K resolution. A multiplayer mode will also be included with Xbox Live support.
The game is likely to be released by the end of the year.
Need for Speed Payback
Expected on Xbox One, PS4 PC
EA Sports will be updating the NFS franchise this year as well. The game will be called Need for Speed Payback and it will be available in the market on 10 November 2017 at a starting price of Rs3,499. Users can pre-order it for access to the game three days before launch.The game missions and stunts looks clearly inspired by the Fast and Furious movies.
Expected on PS4
Sony has got a Spider-Man game slated for next year. A PS4 exclusive, the game will be released on 29 December 2018 at $59 (approximately Rs3,800) and will be known as Spider-Man. Users can pre-order it right away. Developed by Insomniac Games, the Spider-Man is a third-person action-adventure game with improved graphics, new storyline, and plenty of web-slinging action and parlour-based stunts.
Expected on Xbox One X, Xbox One, PS4, PC
Developed by BioWare and published by EA Sports, Anthem is one of the first games to be announced on Microsoft’s new Xbox One X gaming console. This is a sci-fi game which supports multi-player gaming allowing up to four players to join forces to explore new planets and hunt down aliens. It also supports 4K resolution. The game is expected in September 2018.