Latest news from E3 2015



The 20th year of E3 has started with a bang, with the biggest names in gaming announcing title after title, as well as some interesting developments in next-gen gaming.

The latest announcements from E3 promise mind-blowing graphics and enhanced storytelling, with a number of the guys announcing seque...

The 20th year of E3 has started with a bang, with the biggest names in gaming announcing title after title, as well as some interesting developments in next-gen gaming.

The latest announcements from E3 promise mind-blowing graphics and enhanced storytelling, with a number of the guys announcing sequels (or prequels!) to some of our favourite titles, as well as some slick looking new IPs.

Here’s a quick update on the latest goodies to come out of E3 2015…

EA

Mass Effect 4

Release: TBC (holidays, 2016), Platform: Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Not too much was revealed about EA’s latest title in the Mass Effect series. We do know that it will be called Mass Effect: Andromeda and that it will be “very much a new adventure”, with players being able to play as both human male and female characters.

The story will take place far away and a long time after the events of the original trilogy and players will be given new worlds to explore in an all-new galaxy, Andromeda, with an improved, faster Mako to call upon.

“Through it all, you will have a new team of adventurers to work with, learn from, fight alongside of, and fall in love with.” (BioWare Blog) We can’t wait to hear more!

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Release: February 23, 2016, Platform: Xbox One, PS4, and PC

The prequel to the original, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will let you experience Faith’s origin story and has been dubbed “the future of first person action adventure games” letting you free-roam completely - there will be no levels or loading screens.

ME Catalyst looks incredible – chock-full of action, unbelievably beautiful and accompanied by a truly compelling story that promises to keep you hooked throughout – good luck putting that controller down.

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Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Release: October 23, 2015, Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Assassin’s Creed is coming to London in AC: Syndicate. Set in an almost Dickensian industrial revolution-era London, it stars siblings Jacob and Evie Frye as the male and female protagonists.

Sony announced that Syndicate will get exclusive downloadable content on the PS4 with The Dreadful Crimes, in which players have to solve crimes inspired by “the world's most famous detective novelist” – who that quite is wasn’t revealed but it sounded very much like it could be none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More will be revealed in the coming months.

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For Honor

Release: TBC, Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Rather excitingly, E3 has been littered with new IPs this year. For Honor is one of Ubisoft's new offerings and it looks pretty interesting.

In a nutshell it’s a 4-on-4 multiplayer battlefield RPG where you can play as a Knight, a Samurai or a Viking. It sounds a bit random in theory, and totally historically inaccurate, but the gameplay trailer shown at E3 makes it look so good that it might just work.

For Honor features what's called the "Art of Battle system," giving players more control over their character's weapon. In terms of controls, your sword is moved with the right stick and the character with the left – a new concept that could be confusing to some RPG players but could Ubisoft be onto something here? Getting hands-on with this game is a must.

Microsoft

We covered some of the biggest reveals from Xbox at E3 in a round up article earlier - read more here.

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Release: TBC (holidays, 2015)

But quite possibly the most exciting news to come out of the Xbox camp (and potentially the whole of E3) is backwards compatibility on the Xbox One! YES! Xbox… thank you, thank you, thank you!

Xbox One backward compatibility is available now for preview members and over 100 select Xbox 360 games will be playable by everyone by this holiday season.

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HoloLens

Release: TBC, Platform: Xbox One and PC

During Microsoft's E3 press conference, Mojang took the stage to demo a specially built version of Minecraft that will be playable on their augmented reality headset, HoloLens. Put simply, HoloLens + Minecraft = awesomeness.

Through the HoloLens headset, players will be able to transform any flat surface into a playable Minecraft world.

Microsoft also announced that HoloLens owners and non-HoloLens owners alike will still be able to inhabit the same worlds, due to cross-compatibility. More news will follow during MineCon 2015 in July.

Watch the E3 Minecraft demo below:

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What do you think is the best announcement from E3 2015 so far? Tell us in the comments below...