This was quite the week for pre-E3 leaks and first announcements. I’m starting to wonder what surprises we will actually see during the conferences. Between all the conferences and show room coverage throughout the week of E3 I know we will still get some great surprises and first looks. For now, let’s cover what we DO know:
1. Bethesda Announces “Fallout 76”: This was not a leak but rather a deliberate move by Bethesda as they trolled fans on their Twitch channel with a TV showing the “Please Stand By” message, found in other Fallout games, while a Vault Boy bobble head giving a thumbs up stood in the foreground. This teaser aired for nearly 24 hours, including overnight where they turned off the lights but left the TV on and turned the bobble head on its side, before showing the official trailer for the game the following day. It’s clear Bethesda had a lot of fun with the announcement though fans were left a little confused afterward. You can view the trailer here. Most of the confusion and negative reaction came due to the fact that the trailer gave very little context to what the game was about and leaving the expectation that we’d have to wait until E3 to learn anything else.
Since the trailer aired, new reports have emerged detailing the game as an online survival RPG with base building mechanics similar to that of Fallout 4. Unlike the most recent Fallout games that take place several hundred years after the nuclear war, Fallout 76 begins just 25 years after the war, before civilization had a chance to rebuild. This new game will put us in the shoes of the first vault citizens to step back out into the world and begin the process of rebuilding. There will be a story and quests that can be followed but the specifics of that have yet to be detailed. Bethesda’s E3 conference is just over a week away where we are bound to see more of this and more so we won’t have to wait long.
2. Nintendo’s Big Pokemon Announcement: Earlier this week, Nintendo and Pokemon Company had a press briefing on all the upcoming Pokemon news. The main point of this event was to showcase the “Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” and “Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!” games coming to Nintendo Switch this year on Nov 16th. You can view the trailer here. They are a sort of remake/spinoff of the first generation game “Pokemon Yellow” with catching mechanics borrowed from the hit mobile game, “Pokemon Go.” It looks to be a bit more of a casual experience than mainline Pokemon games but will likely serve as a bridge to get the Pokemon Go fan base playing the new games on Nintendo Switch. Those looking for a more traditional, core Pokemon experience will have to wait until the second half of 2019.This news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Last year, there had been a Pokemon themed Nintendo Direct prior to the E3 event to announce “Pokemon: Ultra Sun” and “Pokemon: Ultra Moon,” then during Nintendo’s E3 digital presentation they had announced a Pokemon game would be coming to Switch in 2018 or later. Nintendo also likes to have a theme to their show floor presence which had been centered around “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” in 2016 and “Super Mario Odyssey” in 2017. Pokemon’s console debut makes perfect sense as it is consistently one of Nintendo’s best selling franchises. A case could have been made that the new Super Smash Bros. game would be the theme of the show and while it’s also a big franchise for Nintendo, it is not as widely recognizable as Pokemon. We’ll find out more during E3’s coverage.
Image via Pokemon.com
3. Nintendo Leaks Again: Once again, in atypical fashion, Nintendo seems to have more information from their E3 presence leaked. The following photo showed up on 4chan which immediately means this should be taken with a grain of salt, however this image shows some already confirmed games along with some pretty safe bets.
Image via 4chan
This is not an all inclusive look into what we can expect to see in Nintendo’s digital event but is what’s expected to be playable at the show for those in attendance. Surprisingly, Super Smash Bros. is not part of this list as Nintendo has already set the expectation that it will be playable on the show floor. We’ll know about these titles and more of Nintendo’s first party lineup in less than two weeks!
4. Assassin’s Creed Next Installment: Following some rumors, leaks and a picture of a keychain, likely to be packaged as preorder bonus or with a special edition of the game, Ubisoft confirmed the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed series will be titled Odyssey. Ubisoft have gotten in front of the rumors by releasing an incredibly short teaser for the game and confirmed that it is a sequel to last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins and will take place in Greece. All we know now is that the release is expected by the end of their fiscal year which concludes on March 31, 2019. The trailer only shows one man kicking another off a cliff in the style of the movie “300” then showing the game’s title with a line saying “See you at E3.”
These last few weeks have been littered with leaks and announcements leading up to E3. With only one week left until the official conferences begin and the show floor reveals after that it’s hard to tell if we’ll continue seeing the deluge of news or if we’ll enter the calm before the storm. Either way, I’ll be here to cover whatever comes up so be sure to check back in for news and reactions throughout E3.