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After our earlier piece about the games you might have missed, we thought we’d take a look at some of the other games now the dust has settled. 

E3 2018 had some big hitters, including The Last of Us 2 and Fallout 76, but what have we learnt since their announcements?  

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

EA’s monopoly over the Star Wars gaming franchise might bother many, but that hasn’t stopped them. Announced at E3 was Respawn’s new Star Wars title: Jedi Fallen Order. 

Though no gameplay footage was shown, we do have a few details. It will be set during the ‘dark ages’ when the Jedi are being hunted between Episodes 3 and 4. We don’t know much about the protagonist, but it’s assumed they’ll be a surviving Padawan, since EA have confirmed that you’ll be playing as a Jedi.  

It’s being slated for a holiday 2019 release, which will probably mean near Christmas next year. More details will drop between now and then so hopefully this will be the single-player game the fans have been looking for. 

Release Date: Holiday 2019 

Platforms: Likely Xbox One, PS4 and Windows 

No footage was shown for Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. 

Anthem

Anthem is EA’s hopes for the next big MMORPG. Developed together with BioWare, this game has been a long time coming, with an initial release date of 2018; though this has now been pushed back to 2019. 

If you haven’t already heard about Anthem, it’s a third-person shooter set in a sci-fi world. EA is taking an interesting decision with Anthem and has decided to try and have a mix of both single-player and multi-player gameplay. The intention is that the world will be shared, but the base, where you’ll customise your character and take a break, will be single-player. 

Quite a few features and details were announced: 

  • It will merge story with the open-world elements  
  • The suits are called Javelin’s 
  • There are 4 suits (classes) available and they each have different abilities 
  • You can change suits at any point  
  • There will be no lootboxes available. While microtransactions will be present, they will have no effect on gameplay, it will only give cosmetic changes 
  • The game can be played solo 

Release Date: February 22nd 2019 

Platforms:  

You can watch Anthem’s E3 2018 trailer and gameplay demo below:

Fallout 76

We were teased earlier this year by Bethesda for their new game Fallout 76. Speculation ran wild and rumours popped up theorising that this newest Fallout addition would be an online first-person shooter. It turns out those rumours were true. This has elicited mixed reactions from fans of the Fallout series but it’s likely to be a popular game nonetheless. 

So what do we know so far?  

  • There will be a beta version of the game available to those who pre-order it, releasing on Xbox One first, and then followed by PS4 and PC.  
  • It will be a survival game, though you will not lose your progress when your character dies 
  • You can play it solo or online 
  • You will be able to build structures, like you could in Fallout 4 
  • Both PVP and PVE will feature 
  • There will be nukes and a lot of new enemy creatures  

In regards to the actual story, this is a prequel to all other main Fallout games, and is set in West Virginia in the year 2077. 

As with all Fallout games, this iteration could be lore-heavy and it will be fascinating to see what the world was like 84 years before any other vault-dwellers returned to the surface. 

Release Date: 14th November 2018 

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and Windows 

You can watch Fallout 76’s E3 2018 trailer below:

Starfield/Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda’s conference was a little bit underwhelming this year, with very few new titles revealed, and many games just receiving ports to new platforms. Then just as the conference was coming to a close, they announced two amazing bits of news: 

  1. A new RPG, the first for Bethesda in 25 years 
  1. A new Elder Scrolls RPG 

The new RPG will be called Starfield and will be set in space. That’s pretty much all we know at the moment, but Todd Howard (director and executive producer at Bethesda) did confirm that the game is out of pre-production and in a playable state. We wouldn’t expect to see it at any time soon, especially as the studio will be focusing on Fallout 76 until its release in November.  

Details about Elder Scrolls VI were also very thin on the ground. The teaser trailer didn’t show much other than some stunning shots over some mountains and the Elder Scrolls title card. Of course, this hasn’t stopped fans from speculating as to where the next game will be set; with many putting forward the idea of Dagger Fall or High Rock. Again, it’s unlikely we’ll get the next Elder Scrolls title anytime soon as the announcement didn’t even give a sub-title, and Starfield will be released first. 

Release Date: Unknown 

Platforms: Unknown 

You can watch both Starfield’s and Elder Scrolls VI’s E3 2018 teaser trailers below: 

Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III has taken a very, very, very long time to get here. Kingdom Hearts II came out all the way back 2006…that’s now 12 years ago. Of course, there’s been a multitude of spin-offs (Birth By Sleep, Dream Drop Distance and 358/2 Days being just some of the examples) but this is this the game that will wrap up Sora’s journey.  

For those who may not be familiar with Kingdom Hearts, this series was the brain child of both Square Enix and Disney. This JRPG primarily follows the story of spiky-haired protagonist Sora, and his adventures through various Disney settings (with Final Fantasy characters), as he tries to restore balance to the worlds. There’s a lot more to it than this but Kingdom Hearts lore is heavy, and with so many titles now in the series, the plot is a little convoluted. 

We know the game will be split into three sections, with approximately three worlds in each. We also now know the following new Disney worlds will be added to this instalment: 

  • Tangled 
  • Monsters Inc. 
  • Toy Story 
  • Frozen 
  • Big Hero 6 

It’s also been confirmed that the game will be cross-platform, the first time one of the core games will not be an exclusive to a Sony console. 

This game has been such a long time coming we could talk about it forever but we’ll end this piece with giving fans the glorious news that a release date has finally been confirmed. 

Release Date: 29th January 2019 

Platforms: Xbox One and PS4 

You can watch Kingdom Hearts III’s E3 2018 trailer below:

The Last of Us 2

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us was a fantastic game. Aside from its realistic graphics and interesting premise, its story grabbed gamers and many became deeply invested in the moving tale of Joel and Ellie.  

It’s hard to believe that the original came out in 2013 but we are finally going to find out about what’s happened to these characters since we last left them after that tense ending.  

The gameplay trailer shown during E3 2018 had a great contrast between a care-free dance, shared between Ellie and her girlfriend, and then the violence Ellie is capable of as she attacks her enemies. There was also a little bit of nice foreshadowing as Dina tells Ellie that “they should be terrified of you”, both before and after the scene changes. Whilst Dina only means the boys jealous of them at the dance, we, as the viewers, know that those who Ellie meets in the wilderness should also be terrified.  

The gameplay trailer should not be missed so make sure to watch it. Sadly, no release date has been confirmed, but it’s good to know that the game is nearing completion. 

Release Date: Likely 2019 

Platforms: PS4 

You can watch The Last of Us 2’s E3 2018 gameplay demo below:

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Ubisoft is gearing up to add another game into its popular franchise. Assassin’s Creed has definitely had its ups and downs but with so many games in this series (20 in total, if you include the mobile games too) they were bound to have some flops. 

After the disappointing Syndicate, Ubisoft took some time out before coming back with Assassin’s Creed Origins last year, which was much more positively received. This newest instalment promises to take us to Greece, around 431 BC. Players will play as a mercenary, fighting both Athenians and Spartans, and can probably expect to meet historical figures like Socrates and Hippocrates.  

In amongst the dramatic cinematic trailer, we did enjoy seeing a ‘300 style kick’. 

And finally, for the first time in the main series, you’ll be able to choose to play through the game as either a male or a female! 

Release Date: 5th October 2018 

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and Windows 

You can watch Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s E3 2018 trailer below:

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