E3 2018 Review - Part 2

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After covering the big three publishers (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo) in part 1 of our 2-part E3 2018 series, this article is focused on a few other trending game publishers that have been taking the industry by storm (Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Bethesda Softworks).

Check out the press conferences and exclusive gameplay trailers that these game publishers shared during this year’s 3-day Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3):

Electronic Arts (EA)

Instead of capitalizing on loot boxes, EA is making a valiant effort to integrate a functioning battle-royale mode in Battlefield V and take a step towards ending the pay-to-win cycle that is plaguing the gaming industry. The inclusion of the battle-royale mode was most likely made due to the insane popularity of battle-royale exclusive games such as Fortnite and PUBG. Battlefield V’s release date of October 19th is exactly 1 week after its main competition Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. We are all waiting on bated breath to see if the inclusion of the popular battle-royale mode will catapult the Battlefield series to turn Call of Duty players onto the Battlefield franchise.

EA also has big plans to hit mobile devices hard with the development of Command & Conquer: Rivals: a simplified 1v1 combat game built for small-scale, on-the-go real-time strategy (RTS) play (phew…say that 3 times fast). C&C: Rivals features two factions and RTS gameplay balancing unit placement and resource management. All you need to do is connect via Wi-Fi to instantly play against both friends and strangers straight from your iOS or Android mobile device:

Battlefield V

Expected release date: October 19, 2018
Developer: EA DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Series: Battlefield
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Command & Conquer: Rivals

Expected release date:
Developer: EA Redwood Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Series: Command & Conquer
Platforms: Android and iOS mobile

Ubisoft

Ubisoft had originally slated the first rendition of The Division to be released in late 2014 after being teased earlier that year at E3 2014. Unfortunately, development delays caused the game to be delayed not once but twice in two years. Now that Ubisoft is dialed in with their fan’s desire for the franchise, we hope that The Division 2 won’t see the same delays.

Another game series that is getting a reboot is Trials. This challenging, hybrid racing/platforming game series, has caused gamers to rage quit since it was originally released as a browser game back in 2000. Trials Rising has upped the ante on past iterations by allowing gamers to compete across a plethora of iconic, real-world locations such as The Eiffel Tower or the Great Wall of China.

Trials Rising

Expected release date: February 2019
Developer: RedLynx & Ubisoft Kiev
Publisher: Ubisoft
Series: Trials
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

The Division 2

Expected release date: March 15, 2019
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Series: Tom Clancy's
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Bethesda Softworks

Just like Maryland is known for crab cakes and football, Bethesda Softworks is known for Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Bethesda is also known for making incredibly immersive and massive open world maps. Case in point, the Elder Scolls V: Skyrim Special Edition clocks in at 14.79 mile² of available open world map (12th all-time largest for a console game). Fallout 76’s map is said to be more than 4 times the size of the 3.82 mile² Fallout 4 map. That’s enormous.

Now, Fallout 76 is different from the rest of the Fallout series as it’s a prequel. This gives fans more context into the geopolitical conflict that led to the apocalypse which makes for a more interesting gameplay experience. See for yourself what Bethesda shared during its E3 Press Conference in relation to their two most popular franchises:

Fallout 76

Expected release date: November 14, 2018
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Series: Fallout
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Elder Scrolls VI

Expected release date: TBD
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Series: The Elder Scrolls
Platforms: TBD

Well, that’s all folks! Tons of excitement was circulating before, during and after E3 2018. Now that it’s over, it’s time to start the countdown to E3 2019!

Which one of the gameplay trailers featured at E3 2018 did you enjoy the most? Let us know!