For the first time in the tradeshow’s history, PlayStation will be lacking a presence at E3 2019. Throughout the 24 years that they’ve been presenting at the convention, they’ve taken to the stage to relay upcoming games and hardware to investors and customers. Due to Sony’s absence, the show will feel lonely without them. Yet the press conferences courtesy of Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Microsoft are sure to give enthusiasts something to look forward to.
We may have looked at Microsoft previously as fierce competitors to Sony, recently it seems that bridges are being built across the two companies. On top of this, last year’s presentation from Microsoft turned out to have a large number of reveals for upcoming third-party titles for PlayStation. Among Sekiro, were the likes of Devil May Cry 5, Jump Force, and The Division 2 being revealed to audiences for the first time. Considering this precedent, there will be more than a few PlayStation games shown off at this year’s conference (if not more due to their absence). Here are a few of the ones we’re most excited to see.
Control is an upcoming title coming by way of Remedy Entertainment. Remedy previously put themselves on the map for conceiving both the cerebral Alan Wake and the cinematically thrilling Quantum Break. With Control, it seems as if Remedy is aiming for the same experimental storytelling they’ve managed to eloquently craft prior. While mechanically being a third-person shooter, Control is unique in that you are only ever utilizing one gun. This gun (dubbed The Service Weapon) can morph and change itself into a pistol with pin-point accuracy or fire bullets with a shotgun-like spread. Among this unique gameplay choice, is a narrative that follows Jesse Faden as she explores The Oldest House. The Oldest House is the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control, a designated government agency which specializes in cases which break the laws of reality.
Considering Remedy’s previous involvement with Microsoft (as both Alan Wake and Quantum Break were exclusive for Microsoft platforms) we’re sure that we’ll see more of Remedy’s mysterious Control come June 9th.
4. The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds is exciting for fans of the Fallout franchise. Considering the negative reception of Fallout: 76 it’s refreshing that a new take on the RPG gameplay with a coat of sci-fi wit is coming from alums of the series. The development team, Obsidian, was largely recognized and praised for South Park: The Stick of Truth, Pillars of Eternity, and of course Fallout: New Vegas. Considering this RPG pedigree, the anticipation for The Outer Worlds is well-founded. The scope of The Outer Worlds is smaller than previous games Obsidian has worked on. However, that’s sure to contribute to a greater polish to the game’s overall experience. We’re bound to see more of the game since it was first revealed at Microsoft’s conference last year. Also, since Obsidian Entertainment has been purchased by Microsoft it would be largely in the company’s interests to highlight their upcoming title.
3. Borderlands 3
It’s been seven years since the previous numbered entry in the Borderlands franchise. With Borderlands 3, Gearbox is aiming to give previous fans of the series an experience that will be familiar. The sheer measure of content Borderlands 3 is setting itself to have is insurmountable. There’s a gun-count of one billion, more vault-hunters, and previous characters making their return (with even Rhys from Tales from the Borderlands set to appear). The CEO of Gearbox Randy Pitchford took to Twitter recently to relay E3 plans for the title.
His tweet confirms that the game will be available for attendees to play. Also, there will be new content showcased in the form of environments and characters. Among this, there are also some teased surprises in store. Among this, there’s sure to be some information for Vault Hunters that will trickle out of Microsoft’s conference in the next few weeks.
2. Dying Light 2
Dying Light was a surprising hit for Techland when it first launched on the PS4 system. This is thanks to their previous pedigree of open-world zombie action from their work on the Dead Island series. However, what set the game apart was a parkour system that made even traversing the world an engaging task. The innovations with the largely-ambitious Dying Light 2 include changes both in enemy variety and narrative. Non-infected bandits will plague the city throughout the day while the zombies will still be present when the moon rises. The story in Dying Light 2 will center on allowing the player to make meaningful choices that will have deliberate and apparent consequences.
Dying Light 2 was first revealed at Microsoft’s E3 conference in 2018. So it’s expected that we’ll see not only new gameplay from the title but more of this dynamic narrative in action during Microsoft’s conference.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of the current generation. The game comes by way of Polish studio CD Projekt Red who made a name for themselves with the Witcher trilogy. Taking on the neon cityscapes of a Cyberpunk dystopia has proved ambitious for the studio. Since 2013, they’ve been striving to create a mechanically sound first-person action game that fits within their open-world RPG gameplay pedigree. There are many facets of this ambition that also differentiate itself from The Witcher. There will be a largely customizable protagonist, a greater polish to animations, and an extensive quest system.
For attendees, the game won’t be playable at E3. However, a release date announcement has been teased by the studio leading up to the expo.
There’s sure to be some unannounced games for both platforms revealed at the conference also. Quite a few studios such as Rocksteady, Irrational Games, and Activision are rumored to have projects that will be revealed soon. We’ll keep you updated when information for those titles and the titles in this list releases.
Hey guys! I’m Daniel Thompson and I’ve been writing in the games industry for quite a few years. I have a deep love for the industry that’s rooted in the people behind the games that you enjoy.