Monday, 2 July 2018

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E3 2018: 5 reasons why the next decade of gaming is so exciting

There were as many promises as there were firm release dates at this year's E3, and while we're a ways from the next generation of consoles being released, the future of gaming is looking very bright indeed.

So with the dust beginning to settle on the big conferences and casting an eye beyond the solid releases coming out in the next year or so, I was thinking I could probably narrow it down to 5 reasons why I'm looking forward to being a gamer for the next decade or so...

These are the games that really made E3 for me, despite how little we saw of them...

Cyberpunk 2077



For years the Deus Ex series was one of my favourite game series and with the Mankind Divided saga cut short, rumour has it that Eidos Montreal have been re-assigned to work on an untitled Avengers initiative.

The only other series of games to come close to my love of all things augmentation would be CD Project Red's The Witcher series, particularly it's most recent installment. It is heartening to know then, that my new favourite developer/publisher will be tackling a property that embraces many elements of the late Deus Ex franchise and blessing it with their expertise in epic open world adventures.

If the E3 Trailer shown at the end of Microsoft's keynote this year is anything to go by, expect a spectacularly dense and colourful playground to indulge in.

Starfield



They might ship their games full of bugs, but you can't fault Bethesda for their ambition and this tease for their first original IP in 25 years seems like it's literally reaching for the stars.

I can't be the only one wondering what a Bethesda style RPG in space might look like. Is it even an RPG? We simply don't have enough to go on, though the design of the star-shaped construction we saw in the trailer looked like it might at least have one foot in reality. A slightly more stylized take on The Expanse perhaps? Who knows... it's exciting to know where Bethesda are boldly going though...

Elder Scrolls VI



...and beyond Starfield, of course there will be another Elder Scrolls game and again there's so little to go on and with this game being in 'pre-production' as Todd Howard calls it. It's safe to say we won't be seeing this game for the best part of a decade...

But with Skyrim available to play on everything but the kitchen sink right now, and a new mobile/VR game, Blades, coming out soon, the world isn't exactly in dire need of a another full scale Elder Scrolls game. Still, it's nice to know that work has begun on it in earnest.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 



Many prayers were answered at last year's E3 when the existence of this long-awaited sequel was teased with a CGI Trailer and almost the same thing happened again this year, albeit to a somewhat diminished reception. We did see some early gameplay though, the scale of which continues to impress.

Jedi: Fallen Order



Ironically the lowest key announcement of what is surely the most imminent of the games mentioned here, Jedi: Fallen Order is to be the title of Titanfall creator Respawn's Star Wars game, which is set to be with us by the end of 2019(!).

While I have no doubt in their ability to deliver a fantastic Star Wars action experience after enjoying the traversal and inventiveness of Titanfall 2's single player campaign, I worry that the experience might be a little slight given how long they have to make it! Fingers Crossed.

And those are my 5 top reasons to be excited about being a gamer for the next 10 years or so. If you'd like to hear about some of the games at E3 that will be with us far sooner, then check out the first part of our E3 coverage on this month's #NOTplaying Podcast!

Listen to "#181: E3 2018 - Part 1 inc. Fallout 76, Spider-man, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Cyberpunk 2077 & more!" on Spreaker.

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