The dust has settled on another E3 2018 with the usual high-profile announcements, secretive demos and awkward musical segments all on display over the week-long event. Below are some of the most exciting E3 2018 game stories – titles that gave us intriguing glimpses into their plot, characters or settings:
Insomniac Games has done a pretty good job so far of showcasing their take on the web-crawler with big-action set pieces and small nuggets of information. We’ve seen that Mr. Negative plays an important role in the game and has a personal connection to Peter and that Miles Morales exists in this universe alongside Parker. This year’s E3 demo shown at Sony’s press conference showed Spider-Man visiting The Raft – a high security prison for super villains.
Predictably things take a turn for the worst as Electro lets the inmates loose and other members of the Sinister Six – including Rhino, Scorpion and Vulture combine to take down Spidey. It’s cool to see some of Spider-Man’s iconic villains in such a cinematic way but the most intriguing turn is that none of these villains appear to be working for Mr. Negative directly but another mysterious character. Could this be Green Goblin, one of Peter’s greatest enemies or someone else entirely?
The cinematic flair on show is truly impressive but the fact that we are seeing Peter as an older Spider-Man where all his villains could potentially be in play suggests this could be an intense adventure for New York’s superhero with lots of possibilities. The writing leans into Peter’s quips and jokes even when the stakes are high which is great to see too. With Rocksteady Studios‘ newest project still unannounced Spider-Man will be the focus of superhero and Marvel fans alike later this year.
Release date: September 7, 2018
The Last of Us Part II
How do you follow up one of the greatest gaming stories written so far? The demo shown for this highly anticipated sequel demonstrates the shift in focus from the first game with Ellie being front and centre in the demo’s story. The absence of Joel in the trailer and the fact he’s not playable says a lot about the direction of this game. If the gameplay shown below is any indication, things have taken a very dark turn for the Ellie we saw in the last game who shows an intense brutality in her fighting.
The sudden shift in tone from Ellie’s kiss to her killing a man in a brutal manner shows that in some ways there’s much more light in Ellie’s world now – with new friends and a group to stay safe with but that not everything is right with the world from the fact she’s on her own in the second half of the demo to the undertones of strain in her relationship with Joel hinted at here. Since this is an older, wiser Ellie – has she realised the sacrifice Joel made at the end of the first game? Or did she perhaps know all along?
Combined with the previous demo there’s more time dedicated to new characters who we know will play an important part in Joel and Ellie’s story for the sequel. Given the storytelling quality in developer Naughty Dog’s previous efforts, The Last of Us Part II is rightfully at the top of a lot of E3 lists.
Release date: ?
This indie title wasn’t on display at any of the conferences but has an intriguing premise – you play as Lina, a taxi driver in the futuristic, neon-soaked city of Los Ojos. As the last human driver in a world full of automation, you must uncover the mystery of your missing friend while satisfying your passengers to earn cash and a star rating. Part visual novel, part choice-based adventure, Neo Cab is being developed by a small indie developer named Chance Agency.
The art and style of Neo Cab looks great and the idea of a noir mystery wrapped in a taxi-based visual novel is certainly an interesting idea and one worth keeping an eye on.
Release date: Early stages of development
Kingdom Hearts III
The long awaited conclusion of Sora, Riku and Kairi’s story is finally on the horizon and the game looks to delve further into the Disney universe with new worlds such as Tangled, Frozen, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story. Being able to explore these faithfully created worlds with your favourite Disney characters has always been a big draw for people but the hardcore fans will be keen to see how the Keyblade/Xehanort saga wraps up and any hints to where the franchise could be headed in the future.
Visually, Kingdom Hearts 3 is striking and the detail in some of the Disney characters is especially impressive. It seems that the various spiralling threads from previous spin-offs will be drawn together at last in this game with characters like Roxas, Aqua and more set to return in some way. The lore and plot of Kingdom Hearts is often complex and hard to follow but it will be a satisfying return to Sora’s story if Square Enix manages to offer a satisfying conclusion to a tale that has ultimately been ongoing in some form since 2002.
Release date: January 29, 2019
Polish developer CD Projekt RED has begun to reveal some details about it’s next RPG, the futuristic Cyberpunk 2077. The trailer below gives a glimpse of the world which looks rich with detail and very vibrant. The game seems to draw a lot of inspiration from the world of Blade Runner and the behind closed doors demo has shown press how choices and first-person shooter gameplay fit into this world.
Augmentation, AI, robotics, class struggles and drugs are all glimpsed within Night City and the developer has also promised branching dialogue and multiple endings. After the excellent The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt many gamers are eagerly anticipating what looks to be another breathtaking RPG.
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Those are 5 exciting E3 2018 game stories to look forward to in the next few years.
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