E3 2017 is now in full swing, which can mean only one thing – games are being announced and release dates are being clarified as we speak. What are the best new games of E3 2017? That’s where this post comes in. We’ve gathered up all the new games that were announced in various press conferences over the past few days and have brought them to you, right here. These are the best new games of E3 2017 and where you can pre-order them.
What’s new at E3 2017?
All the major players – Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft and Bethesda – all hosted their own press conferences with a slew of new games and fancy new tech shown off at each. The most talked-about unveiling of E3 2017 prior to the show opening officially was, of course, Microsoft’s brand new, ultra-powerful console, Project Scorpio. Microsoft wasted no time at all in announcing this new console as the upcoming Xbox One X, which is due for worldwide release on November 7th.
As for the rest of the games you should look out for, we’ll break them down by the press conferences they were announced or shown off at. That begins with the EA Play show that kicked off on Saturday.
EA Play Conference – E3 2017
The Electronic Arts Play show consisted mostly of sports-based games. Specifically, the kind of sports games that you’d expect EA to talk about year after year – FIFA, Madden, and NBA were all present and accounted for. Most notably, Madden 18 is following in FIFA 17’s footsteps and introducing a fully scripted and acted story mode, putting players in the role of a star on the rise, with the ability to make decisions throughout the story that will affect the ending. Of course, FIFA 18 sees the continuation of last year’s story mode, quite directly this time as players will continue the story of Alex Hunter on their journey through stardom in their now-successful career. NBA Live 18 features a similar single player mode, though with more focus on street basketball and the ability to create your character in exactly your own way.
Madden 18 – Out August 18th, 2017
FIFA 18 – Out September 29th, 2017
Xbox One – In the UK: Amazon UK | In the US: GameStop US
PS4 – In the UK: Amazon UK | In the US: GameStop US
PC – in the UK: Amazon UK | In the US: GameStop US
Nintendo Switch – In the UK: Amazon UK | In the US: GameStop US
Afte the sports onslaught, EA still had time to discuss two of its biggest titles that are due out by the end of the year – Star Wars Battlefront II and Need For Speed Payback.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Out November 17th, 2017
Need For Speed Payback – Out November 10th, 2017
Last but not least, a brand new IP from Electronic Arts was announced. From the creators of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, Anthem is an online-focused interplanetary first-person shooter that combines elements of action and role-playing games and pairs them with an always-online gameplay, similar to Destiny. Oh, and it’s drop-dead gorgeous to look at, too. Not much else is known about this one just yet, but expect it to be released in 2018.
Anthem – Out 2018
Xbox One – In the UK: GAME | In the US: Coming soon
Microsoft Conference – E3 2017
Next up was one of the biggest and most anticipated press conferences of the year – the Xbox One E3 briefing, which delivered on previous promises of an official unveiling for Project Scorpio. After the initial announcement that Project Scorpio is now known as the Xbox One X, due for release worldwide on November 7th, 2017 and costing $499/£449, there was also more than a handful of brand new games announced.
Xbox One X – Out November 7th, 2017
The first game to be shown running in 4K at 60 fps on Microsoft’s brand new baby? That would be Forza Motorsport 7, of course, making its worldwide debut. The game promises to showcase the very best that the Xbox One X has to offer in terms of graphical fidelity and uncompromising processing power. It’s due for release alongside just ahead of the brand new console, landing on shelves on October 3rd, 2017.
Forza Motorsport 7 – Out October 3rd, 2017
Next came one of the very few game announcements to not be leaked days or weeks prior to the show itself, the third installment of the much-lauded Metro franchise – Metro Exodus, which is due out before the end of the year and featuring enhanced graphics and better load times when played on an Xbox One X console.
Metro Exodus – Out 2017
After that, we got our very first glimpse at Ubisoft’s return to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, this time taking the setting all the way back to its very beginning in ancient Egypt, with Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – Out October 17th, 2017
After this came an absolute deluge of indie titles headed to Xbox One via digital stores. This included, but wasn’t limited to, titles like Cuphead, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Super Lucky’s Tale, among many others, before rounding the night out with a pair of fresh looks at already announced and highly anticipated titles – Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 (which, incidentally, now stars Terry Crews).
Sea of Thieves – Out 2017
Crackdown 3 – Out November 7th, 2017
Bethesda Conference – E3 2017
Moving on from Microsoft’s jam-packed presentation, a matter of hours later found us waiting for Bethesda to take the stage and show off their wares for the months ahead. It’s worth noting that every single game Bethesda unveiled or showed off during their conference is due for release before the end of 2017, making it a rather remarkable night for games that won’t make you wait years to get your hands on them. Bethesda began the night by showing off a couple of its upcoming VR variations on existing titles – namely, Fallout 4 VR and Doom VFR, both of which will work with HTC Vive headsets.
Next, Bethesda finally showed off gameplay footage of the upcoming Nintendo Switch version of its long-standing classic Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, showcasing that not only will Switch owners be treated to the original Skyrim game in its entirety but motion controls are now in effect as well as amiibo support. The amiibo support specifically unlocks even more hidden Nintendo goodies, allowing players to wield iconic Zelda weaponry (such as the Master Sword) and don Link’s Breath of the Wild-era blue tunic, among other still unknown treats.
Elder Scrolls Online V: Skyrim
After this, the company moved on to the Dishonored franchise. Specifically, a brand new, stand-alone title set as a side story to the recently released Dishonored 2. This new story, entitled ‘Death of the Outsider’ puts players in the role of Billie Lurk, established villain of the series who sets out to rescue her old mentor Doud (portrayed once more by Michael Madsen), before the two embark upon a quest for revenge in which they seek to kill a godlike creature – The Outsider himself. The game is due for release this September on all formats.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Finally, to end the show, Bethesda took the stage one more time to announce not one but two brand new full-length titles. Both sequels, the pair of announcements sees a couple of titles due for release within a matter of weeks of each other with some seriously different stylistic choices between them. The first of which was The Evil Within II, which received a full five-minute trailer, sees horror legend, Shinji Mikami, returning to direct the follow-up to the creepathon from a few years ago. Then, Machine Games returns with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which received an incredibly cinematic and suitably ludicrous eight-minute trailer to introduce itself to the world. Both titles are due out in October 2017.
The Evil Within II – Out October 13th, 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Out October 27th, 2017
Ubisoft Conference – E3 2017
Monday brought us to Ubisoft’s neck of the woods. Traditionally, this is a conference with more off-beat wackiness than most of the other pressers put together and while this year definitely had its stand-out moments of weird, Ubi’s 2017 effort was an much more stable and put-together conference, intent on showcasing a slew of new and upcoming titles in their best light.
Kicking things off, the company announced (officially, this time) the existence of its co-produced Nintendo Switch title – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle which, to the surprise of almost everyone watching, actually looks pretty fantastic. Think of the game as a top-down strategy game, built very heavily on the influence of the XCOM series, but filled with colourful and familiar characters from both the Mushroom Kingdom and wherever exactly the Rabbids are supposed to be from. It’s due out August 29th, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Out August 29th, 2017
After spending a good twenty minutes showing off the fantastic looking Nintendo crossover title, we got our first extended look at the first Assassin’s Creed game since 2015, Assassin’s Creed Origins. As we mentioned earlier in this post, this is the first game in the series to be set as early as Ancient Egypt and puts players in the era of the beginning of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
With that look, Ubi moved swiftly on to a trailer for the recently delayed South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which promises to be bigger, bolder and more offensive than ever before. The game is currently due out this October on PC and consoles (minus the Switch).
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Out October 17th, 2017
Next, Ubi took a brief stop to have a chat with Elijah Wood and a few of his friends who are apparently creating a VR experience under the name of Transference. Absolutely no idea what’s going on with that one at this point but it’s got Frodo in it, so that’s cool. Shortly after the VR excursion, a brand new game was shown off in all its piratey goodness. Skull and Bones may lack some originality in the naming department but it certainly looks like its shaping up to be a very large-scale action adventure that puts players in the role of a pirate on their quest to become Captain of their own ship and sailing the seven seas for gold and glory. The game is due out by the end of next year. Pre-orders will follow later in the year.
Oh, then Just Dance 2018 showed up. This time it’s on Nintendo Switch, too, in addition to every other console in the known universe.
Just Dance 2018 – Out October 27, 2018
After announcing a brand new (and seemingly Toys-to-Life) game known as Starlink Battle for Atlas, which involves clicking little toy spaceships onto your controller and customising them in real life, Ubi announced a brand new expansion to last year’s snowy sports sim Steep, due this December. Neat.
After all of that excitement, we made it to Far Cry 5, which got its own lengthy trailer and a brief look at some gameplay, which involved co-op battles, enemy outposts and a very good dog named Boomer.
Far Cry 5 – Out February 27, 2018
Finally, as Ubisoft’s E3 2017 conference was coming to a close, there was of course one last announcement in store. Michel Ancel emerged onto the stage to introduce a game he’s been working on for close to fifteen years at this point, the long-awaited and much-demanded Beyond Good and Evil 2. The game finally emerged in the form of a CGI trailer and the promise of a release within the next few years. More details will emerge at a later date but in the meantime, pre-orders for the definitely real game are live now.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Then the internet got very excited. Bless.
PlayStation Conference – E3 2017
Closing out the night in terms of big-deal press conferences was Sony with the 2017 PlayStation briefing. Hopes were high for this one and, with the exception of some fairly high-profile titles that we saw more gameplay from, the internet felt decidedly underwhelmed by Sony’s offerings. That said, the show kicked off in style with a deeper look at the upcoming Uncharted side story, The Lost Legacy and a first-look at the first DLC pack for Horizon Zero Dawn, both of which were stunning in exactly the ways you would expect.
After this one-two punch of downloadable adventures, everything moved into decidedly darker territory with an in-depth look at gameplay from upcoming biker zombie action game Days Gone. That’s presumably due out by the end of the year but no firm release date was given.
Around now is when all viewers realised that this would be a startlingly break-neck-paced press conference, with video after video shown in quick succession and precious little explanation from Sony’s own Shawn Layden in between. Next up was a brand new announcement, Monster Hunter Worlds, which brings the beloved Monster Hunter franchise into the next generation early next year.
Monster Hunter Worlds
Of course, all previous announcements were made marginally less stunning once the next trick up Sony’s sleeve was unveiled – a full remake of PS2 classic Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4, with a fresh coat of paint and all. The brief trailer we were shown brought on a wave of nostalgia along with a slight melancholy about whether this would be one more PlayStation remake that we won’t see for years. Either way, it’s up for pre-order already.
Shadow of the Colossus (Remake)
From there, Sony sped through a series of trailers of known-quantity titles, giving viewers more information on some of the most anticipated games that have been previously announced at other shows. This included the upcoming series reboot of God of War, starring a bearded Kratos and his son battling the odds and gods.
God of War
Also on show was the newest narrative-driven adventure from Heavy Rain creator David Cage – Detroit: Become Human. The game tells the story of a series of oppressed, sentient androids who decide that the time has come for a robotic uprising. Some seriously interesting elements at play here, though perhaps nothing that unexpected given the Quantic Dream team developing the game.
Detroit: Become Human
Sony then almost halted the new games parade by reminding us that, hey Destiny 2 is coming later this year. Get hype and all that.
Destiny 2 – Out September 6th, 2017
With all of that out of the way, Sony closed the somewhat short-lived show with an extended look at gameplay from upcoming webslinger, Spider-Man. This one looks to have emulated the combat system from the Batman Arkham series of games which, to be fair, is a very smart move. Gameplay looks fluid, punchy and super fun. The game is due out on PS4 next year.
With that, Sony’s show came to a rather baffling close. We’ll have to wait until later in the year to see more from the likes of titles like The Last of Us Part 2. Our money is on Sony’s own trade show, PSX in December.
Nintendo Spotlight – E3 2017
Nintendo finished off the big shows of E3 2017 with a much more concise, focused and pre-recorded event. In the space of 25 minutes, Nintendo not only announced a set of new games but showed brand new trailers for already announced titles. Honestly, it was quite impressive just how much Ninty managed to pack into such a short space of time.
Firstly, a brand new Pokémon game (a full RPG one) is in development, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. No other news or pre-orders on that one but it’s good to hear about nonetheless. Next, Rocket League is coming to Switch as a downloadable title later this year, which is good news for any of the multiple million existing Rocket League fans out there.
After this, Nintendo showed trailers for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the first Switch entry into the franchise as well as Fire Emblem Warriors coming to 3DS. Also announced with brief trailers were new Yoshi and Kirby games, headed for Switch sometime in 2018. One of the biggest and most unexpected titles to see an announcement this year was Metroid Prime 4, which got a logo treatment and not much else.
To finish the show, Nintendo talked briefly about both upcoming Zelda downloadable content packs before closing the show with a real showstopper – Super Mario Odyssey. Overall, Nintendo’s E3 2017 showing was brief but effective, even if there isn’t a whole lot out there to actually pre-order just yet. Oh, and yes, they announced at least two sets of amiibo which will go up for pre-order later this year (including a rather striking white-suited Bowser).
Super Mario Odyssey – Out October 27th, 2017
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Fire Emblem Warriors
Of course, even now that the press conferences have finished, there is still several days worth of E3 madness to come and we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled from any and all new announcements that didn’t quite make it into the centre stage.