E3 2018 showcased far fewer block-busting games and announcements than previous years. Most developers and publishers decided to focus more on displaying gameplay of previously announced games. Despite this, there were some large reveals that got gamers excited for the future. Here are five of the biggest surprises that occurred at this year’s E3.
Fox McCloud Appears in Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Ubisoft is no stranger to partnering with Nintendo to work on unique collaborations of games. Recently, the companies came together to create the surprisingly successful Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Now the two have decided to shock Nintendo fans again with another unexpected partnership – by adding Fox McCloud into Starlink: Battle for Atlas. During their conference, Ubisoft announced that the titular Star Fox character, along with his famed Arwing ship, will be playable within the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Players will also be able to purchase a starter pack featuring physical versions of Fox and his ship at launch. Though this wasn’t the alleged Star Fox: Grand Prix that has been recently rumored, it’s still nice to see the franchise to some capacity.
Kingdom Hearts III – Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean Worlds Revealed
One of the most exciting aspects of the Kingdom Hearts franchise revolves around the possible Disney-inspired worlds that could be included within the games. Kingdom Hearts III is no exception, with films such as Toy Story and Tangled being new inspirations for unique worlds. Square Enix decided to continue this streak at E3 by surprising fans with multiple trailers that revealed both Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean worlds within the upcoming sequel. To say that players were excited about the new world reveals would be an understatement. It seems that Square Enix continues to prove that Kingdom Hearts III is there most ambitious installment yet.
Resident Evil 2 Remake Gets a New Take on Gameplay
The previously announced remake of the beloved 1998 survival horror game Resident Evil 2 made a surprise appearance at this year’s Sony E3 press conference. It was shown that the game would be a complete overhaul of the original, with the transition to a more third-person shooter style of gameplay and beautiful new cinematic cut scenes. The segment ended with an announced release date of January 25, 2019, where players will be able to make their long-awaited return to Raccoon City.
Cyberpunk 2077 is First-Person
CD Projekt Red first introduced the world to Cyberpunk 2077 four years ago, but went into hiding shortly thereafter. However, the game made an unexpected showing at the end of Microsoft’s E3 conference. A trailer revealed the stunning visuals of the game, while a gameplay demo displayed that it would surprisingly play as a first-person RPG. Many expected the game to be similar to The Witcher series, which contained a third-person style. Regardless, players will gain the opportunity to judge the game’s quality when the demo becomes public.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Will Have All Returning Fighters
Though many fans expected a large-scale presentation of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch, few predicted what actually occurred. Nintendo decided to throw a curveball by bringing back every character to ever appear within the series in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game truly feels like the culmination of the franchise by bringing both old and new features. Not only will it feature all its returning fighters, but new characters like Splatoon’s Inkling and Metroid’s Ridley will also make an appearance. Hopefully Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will live up to its moniker when it releases on December 7, 2018.
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