Here is a nifty site which hosts all the streams so you can watch it at your leisure. Haven’t used it before, so I’ll give it a try this year. Might work well for those sessions which happen very late/early (like Sony).
This table shows the number of games shown at each conference, the number of titles that had a release date of either 2017 or 2018, and the percentage of the games the teams showed that had to come out within a year.
This graph shows the ratio of games shown and their proposed release dates.
It was interesting to see that Microsoft showed the most games with proposed release dates of 2017. So let’s see how close they came to actually release during their intended time…
Ouch…only EA and Bethesda stuck to their release schedules and only showed games that came out within the same year since the last E3.
So this paints a much less bad picture. It looks like all the conference members released the games they said they would be released within that year. Though the data does have some anomalies. Like Crackdown 3, that was pushed out, but Microsoft released a different game in 2017 that balances their numbers.
What will E3 2018 have on offer? Will we see basically the same structure and numbers? Not long now until we find out.
Personally, I thought the EA presentation was underwhelming. I sort of give them a little leeway because they have such a large variety of genre and products to showcase, and such a wide range of gamer types to satisfy, that it can’t be easy to please all of them with everything. The market for games like Unravel Two and Sea of Solitude is very different from the Madden and NBA crowd.
That said, they do tend to shoot themselves in the foot a bit every now and then. Bringing the “I’m chasing that cash” Madden-bro on was stupidly awkward - pro-gamers generally don’t make for pro presenters! And the 10 minutes of shoutcasting a mobile game? Seriously EA!
I also think it’s telling that, imo, the two best presentations came from the leads of the indie studios (under the EA Originals banner) making Unravel Two and Sea of Solitude. Maybe that’s just my bias for those sort of games showing though.
The Anthem segment was okay. It’s looking more like a game I’d enjoy now that I know I can solo it and focus on story, rather than be constantly embarrassed online by my pathetic multiplayer abilities. (Also, it may just be my imagination, but the narrator in the new cinematic trailer sounds very much like our Charlize?)
The frequent mention of “no lootboxes” by various presenters throughout the conference was amusing They know they screwed up.
I am avoiding the internet until I can watch everything. The premier pass from origin is goddamn brilliant. it’s way to redeem themselves a little. If this is as robust as Xbox game pass, I am very happy. I like a lot of ea games, but I don’t always want to pay for them since its EA. But if I can try them, hell yes I will.
Also for me, the biggest moment from the EA conference probably doesn’t matter to any of you. Madden 19 is coming back to pc. The last one was 2009 I think. Madden on pc is just infinitely better than on console. So I am excited as fuck.
So I watched the conference live, and I have to say I was really disappointed. The show felt very amateurish for some reason. It felt like they did not rehearse everything beforehand.
BF5 didn’t show all that much, but it’s kinda intriguing to me. I liked Battlefield 1, and I’m feeling like I would enjoy this one as well.
It was really interesting to see that they are releasing Unravel 2 like right after they announce it. I think that was rather cool. You see the game and you can immediately get it.
I really felt for the Battlefront guy. When he came out, it looked like he went to war. You can clearly see and hear from what he announced that the release of Battlefront 2 really made a huge impact in not just their team, but the entire company.
Anthem looks absolutely stunning. I think it will be fun if they pull off what they showed. The gameplay looked really impressive. But this is the EA Destiny game. So I’m not really expecting a strong storyline like what Bioware is known for.
Overall the conference was kinda meh. I’d give it a 4/10.
I’ve created a YouTube playlist and been adding just the launch, reveal and teaser trailers to it to avoid having to scan through hours of presentation footage to find something. (Click the hamburger menu on the top left and scroll through the list to find what you want). Will keep adding to it as more become available.
What an absolute bumper show by Microsoft! So many awesome premiers. EA should be ashamed of their pitiful show when compared to what Microsoft delivered. The only thing absent from the show was Age of Empires 4, but seeing as the focus was on XBOX it wouldn’t have suited the show… Still hoping for some news soon.
Okay, that was a pretty damn impressive presentation. No frills, no fuss. Just tons of previews, trailers and info. The handful of personal presentations by developers were all brief enough not to be boring, and some were even pretty damn interesting. Some really excellent trailers too!
XBox leveraging their new and existing assets and MS integrating a lot of gaming environment in cloud and Windows environments. They know Sony probably still hold the advantage on consoles, and I think they’re focused on expanding their audience with a large and very varied roster of new games and genres. And they did it very well here. EA should be hanging their heads in shame.
Pretty much the same approach taken as last year. 18 minutes long. Just 3 or 4 games revealed. And a whole bunch of unapologetic smack talk. This is top quality shit-posting made real. This is not something that can be summarized in bullet point form. It needs to be seen, to be experienced
(But it definitely should not be seen and experienced at work or in public without headphones - VERY NSFW!!)
(Will replace this with official video once that is out in case this one gets removed)