E3 2017 had some cool titles shown off in-between the larger showcases. Some conferences even hid juicy tidbits betwixt the giant reveals.
Most of us have been pretty content with 2017’s E3 offerings. Yet the question remains: did you see it all? Every bit of it? If you watched only the big, show-offy press conferences, there’s a good chance you missed something from the pre-shows. You also may not have noticed a few small (yet important) phrases. Lucky for you, I kept my eyes peeled. Here are some of the exciting games and info that could have flown under your radar.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting some interesting new updates.
Possibly the most exciting update coming to PUBG is the inclusion of climbing and vaulting mechanics. This will open many new movement and cover techniques for the players of this multiplayer battle royale. However, the developers have also announced that a “zombie mode” is headed to the game at some point in the future. There’s no definitive release timeline on these, so stick around for more info!
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom releases for PS4 on November 10, 2017.
If you haven’t heard of the first Ni no Kuni on PS3, I don’t blame you. It was a pretty big JRPG at the time, but didn’t gain a lot of mainstream attention. Despite this, the game was beloved by fans and critics, and thus, a sequel was born. It seems that Ni no Kuni II doesn’t relate back to the first much, so if you want to jump right in, it’s possible. Still, the original was so good that I heartily recommend you try it. The release date was announced very early in the day on June 12.
In a way, Bethesda is trying their hand at paid mods again.
Though the presentation used an odd word choice, Bethesda’s Creation Club is the company’s latest foray into the mod market. Their initial attempt didn’t go so well, for multiple reasons. However, Creation Club partners community creators with Bethesda developers, and will ensure that all mods will play nicely with each other. The new content will go through testing and quality assurance before it’s ever up for sale. Let’s hope things end on a lighter note this time around.
Knack 2 is releasing on September 5, 2017 for $39.99 / £29.99 on PS4.
The original Knack was a PS4 launch title, and has become something of a meme. Aside from some bugs and crashes, it honestly wasn’t that bad; the internet just loves to blow things out of proportion. Knack 2, however, genuinely looks like it could be some fun. Knack 2 has the same price as the initial releases of Ratchet and Clank and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. These little details were slipped into Sony’s Pre-Show, before their E3 2017 Media Showcase.
All DLC for Star Wars Battlefront II will be free for all players, on all platforms.
This info wasn’t hidden per se, but it was easily missed if you looked away to check Twitter. Near the end of EA’s Battlefront II showcase, the company announced that all of the sequel’s DLC will be free. John Boyega helped deliver the news, by announcing that his character, Finn, would be part of the title’s first content pack.
Superhot is coming to PS4 and PSVR later this summer.
Superhot was a fantastic indie FPS released in 2016, where time only moved when you moved. It was an odd combination of first-person shooter and puzzle game, and I absolutely adored it. The original version can be found on Steam and Xbox One, while its VR counterpart (an entirely new experience) was playable only on PC. Both are now headed to the PlayStation ecosystem, as announced toward the end of Sony’s E3 2017 Pre-Show.
Microsoft’s Avatars on Xbox One and Windows 10 are getting an overhaul.
Announced sometime on June 14, Microsoft is updating their Avatar system. In general, the quirky computer people will be much more customizable. All in all, the company hopes that your new avatar will truly reflect…well, you. In an effort to let you feel at home, Microsoft is making the new Avatars pretty gender fluid, and removing all gender-based barriers on clothing.
Undertale is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
I thought Undertale was overrated for the longest time. A friend finally convinced me to play it and…I was wrong. Undertale is fantastic, and Sony revealed at the end of their E3 Pre-Show that it’s headed to your TV/portable screen. For the love of God, play Undertale. Digital or physical, I don’t care. Just play it.
Not all of Microsoft’s “exclusives” are necessarily exclusive…
Tacoma is the next game from Gone Home developer Fullbright. It was shown off during Microsoft’s conference as an “Xbox One Console Launch Exclusive” and counted toward the 22 exclusives shown during the briefing. Put simply, this means that, in the console space, Tacoma will initially launch only on Xbox One. It launches the same exact day on PC, as computers don’t count as consoles in these deals. The game could come to PS4 and Switch later on, but it will not launch there. It’s not clear why this was so poorly articulated during the show, but any other games marked as a “Console Launch Exclusive” are essentially timed exclusives. All “Console Exclusives” are allowed to launch day-one on Steam, but will never make it to other consoles.
…And technically, Microsoft’s true exclusives still provide some options for playability.
The Xbox One X looks powerful and fantastic, and is definitely one of the strongest consoles ever created. The games Microsoft brought to the table were nothing to scoff at either. But, let’s say you want to play Forza Motorsport 7, yet don’t have enough money for an Xbox One X or a One S. You’re in luck: all Xbox One games are playable on a PC, thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere. It’s not a perfect solution (especially if you don’t have a high-end computer), but it will manage until you can save up enough for the real deal.
Metroid: Samus Returns is a Metroid 2 remake headed to the Nintendo 3DS on September 15, 2017.
Nintendo recently cracked down on a fan project named Another Metroid 2 Remake, which seemed a little strange. Sure, Nintendo is overly protective of their IP, but they usually have reason to be (ie. Project M was shut down a year after Super Smash. Bros for 3DS and Wii U released). In this case, it turns out that Nintendo had a Metroid 2 re-imagining of its own in the works. The company announced three of our most-wanted games in their main conference, then kept adding to the excitement during their Treehouse segment.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is a 3DS remake launching on October 6, 2017
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was a phenomenal title for the Game Boy Advance. It was a delightful RPG starring the world’s favorite plumber brothers, and has had multiple sequels. I never expected it to get the remake treatment, but am so so so happy that it did. The remake, also announced in Nintendo’s Treehouse stream, has updated graphics and additional modes.
Kingdom Hearts III has a new trailer, with yet another one dropping on July 15, 2017.
It’s unlikely that we’ll hear anything definitive on Kingdom Hearts III‘s release anytime soon, but these trailers are gorgeous. They give just enough bread crumbs about the title’s story, while leaving us begging for more. Mark your calendars: the next trailer hits on July 15.
I think this panda dabbed.
Around the 1:45 mark, it definitely looks like a panda dabs in Ubisoft’s dance number for Just Dance 2018.