The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) for 2019 hit the ground running. Press conferences for the event began as early as June 8, unofficially starting with EA Play. Microsoft, Bethesda, Devolver Digital, and plenty of other game companies followed suit over the next few days. So, even though the main portion of E3 takes place on June 11-13, big news and hefty announcements for the future of gaming were released to the general public in the days beforehand.
As with any gaming expo, E3 functions mainly as a source of information for industry professionals. From publishers announcing game streaming services to the proclamation of official release dates for popular games, the E3 press conferences have been full of details for developers and gamers alike. Not all of this information was expected though. Quite a bit of information from top gaming companies was delightfully unexpected. Here are some of the biggest surprises from E3’s 2019 press conferences:
9. Keanu Reeves introduces “Cyberpunk 2077.”
Celebrities are no strangers to video games. Franchises like “Call of Duty” have used famous persons to promote their games before. Still, it was a shock to see Keanu Reeves appear from a cloud of smoke after the cinematic trailer for “Cyberpunk 2077.” With the famed actor’s assistance, developer CD Projekt revealed the release date for their sci-fi game to be April 16, 2020.
8. New Xbox console, Project Scarlett, announced.
Despite having fairly recently released their powerful gaming console, the Xbox One X, Microsoft is still looking forward. At the Xbox E3 2019 press conference, they announced the creation of another console called Project Scarlett. With a custom-designed AMD processor other upgrades, Project Scarlett looks to be the new beast on the console market. It releases during the holidays of 2020.
7. Halo Infinite release date and cinematic trailer given.
The “Halo” series is back to form with a whole new cinematic trailer for the upcoming “Halo Infinite.” Things have clearly gone sideways after the events of “Halo 5: Guardians,” and the Master Chief returns once again to pick up the pieces. “Halo Infinite” is set to launch alongside Microsoft’s new console, Project Scarlett.
6. Doom Eternal’s November release date announced.
Bethesda delighted fans by announcing an official release date for “Doom Eternal,” the sequel to the surprising success of “Doom” (2016). Bethesda also showcased more gameplay footage for “Doom Eternal” during their press conference. Avid gamers of the “Doom” series can pick up the game for themselves on November 22, 2019.
5. Bethesda’s Orion streaming service revealed.
Bethesda also jumped on the game streaming bandwagon with Orion. Orion is the new game streaming service Bethesda hopes to roll out. It’s clear Bethesda wishes to create a streaming service that is friendly to both developers and gamers. A demonstration using “Doom” (2016) was given during the conference, showcasing Orion’s potential as a viable service.
4. Jon Bernthal stars in the new “Ghost Recon” game.
Many gamers already knew that Ubisoft had a new “Ghost Recon” game in the works. However, it came as a pleasant surprise to see the new cinematic trailer for “Ghost Recon Breakpoint” at Ubisoft’s press conference. Not only did it give gamers a better look at the story, it revealed that the star of “The Punisher” and “The Walking Dead,” Jon Bernthal, would be making an appearance in the game.
3. Crystal Dynamics reveals “Marvel’s Avengers” trailer.
During the Square Enix press conference, developer Crystal Dynamics showed off their official reveal trailer for “Marvel’s Avengers.” The game is Crystal Dynamics' take on the popular super hero team, but it bears no narrative connection with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Crystal Dynamics’ history revamping the “Tomb Raider” series, it looks like the Avengers are in good hands.
2. “The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild” is getting a sequel.
“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” was a fantastic example of a “Zelda” game that released on the Nintendo Switch at the perfect time. When the console was looking for new content, “Breath of the Wild” supplied it. During Nintendo’s livestreamed press conference at E3 2019, news that “Breath of the Wild” would be getting a sequel astounded and pleased Nintendo fans everywhere.
1. Banjo-Kazooie appears in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.”
Despite having released months ago, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” still receives attention from its developer. Post-release content is a given, and at Nintendo’s E3 2019 press conference, several new fighters were revealed to gamers. The most notable fighter to finally make an appearance was Banjo-Kazooie, the titular character from the beloved action/adventure platformer.