E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, started in 1995 and has been occurring annually ever since. At show, the biggest names in the industry let the press, fans, and anyone interested know about their upcoming projects. This year's show was like many of the others in the past, with big announcements and big news regarding upcoming releases. The one major difference was Sony's absence. For the first time in the event's history, the console giant steered clear. Fortunately, the other publishers picked up the slack, and there was no shortage of excitement.
There were too many new games to count, and several long-awaited titles finally got release dates, making those dreams come ever closer to tangible realities. The next ten entries will showcase ten games from the show, separated by release windows. Five of them are confirmed to come out this year, while others require a little more patience. Fortunately, many of the ones releasing after 2019 are still only a little further round the corner. A couple, however, don't even have release windows
10 Coming In 2019: Shenmue III
Yu Suzuki's ambitious Shenmue games garnered a loyal cult following in the late 90's and early 2000's. Like many cult classics, the following never got big enough to warrant continuing the series. In 2015, the impossible came true, and Shenmue III was officially announced, along with a Kickstarter campaign that closed with over six million dollars raised. After this enthusiastic announcement, the game went quiet, only periodically popping up to confirm its existence. An August release date was set, but that was recently pushed back until November. Attendees were finally able to play it at the show this year.
9 Have To Wait A Little Longer: Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077 long before The Witcher 3 came out, and its initial CG trailer piqued interest in 2013. Those patiently waiting had to endure five years of almost complete silence until Microsoft closed out their E3 2018 press conference with a surprise trailer that showed Night City and its varied inhabitants.
This year, Keanu Reeves was announced as a part of the cast, and the actor came on stage to divulge the April 2020 release date.
8 Coming In 2019: Gears 5
After Gears of War: Judgement, fans of the series were unsure if the once beloved Microsoft Property would ever regain its glory. With Gears of War 4, developer The Coalition aimed to return the series to an honorable state, reminding people what made the sci-fi war franchise so special. Gears 5, releasing on September 10th, wants to push the series forward while still bringing with it everything people loved about Gears of War. Rod Fergusson, who worked on the first trilogy, is overseeing the production, meaning it's in capable hands.
7 Have To Wait A Little Longer: Elden Ring
Tell people FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin are teaming up to make a game, and you've already sold them. The announcement leaked ahead of Microsoft's press conference, lessening the impact of the reveal, but fans of either the author or the studio are still head over heels excited for it. Unfortunately, no word on when people should expect it come out.
6 Coming In 2019: Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Wolfenstein: The New Order and its sequel, The New Colossus, blew away people's expectations, delivering heart pounding fire fights along with a somber story, recalling dark alternate history novels like Man in the High Castle. Youngblood is the series' first foray into co-op, having players take the reigns of BJ Blazkowiczs' twin daughters,and is introducing several other elements to shake up the core game play. Despite the changes, one can still expect plenty of glorious Nazi killing.
5 Have To Wait A Little Longer: Final Fantasy VII
After a surprise reveal in 2015, the Final Fantasy VII remake is finally coming soon. However, the product releasing in March won't tell the whole story. Don't get confused, though; there is more than a full game's worth of content, it just only takes place during the Midgar chapter. Even after 2020, fans will wait a long time to see this new take on an old favorite reach its conclusion.
4 Coming In 2019: Doom Eternal
Doom 3 is not a bad game, but it hardly felt like it belonged to the series. 2016's Doom brought the series back to its roots, while still making it feel fresh. Doom Eternal is doubling down on the commitment to the classic Doom carnage. Many reboots of classics will embrace modern conventions to varying degrees of success, but Doom knows what people want and how to give it to them. Impressions from the E3 show floor are confident that FPS fans will be happy come November 22nd.
3 Have To Wait A Little Longer: Breath Of The Wild 2
Nintendo closed out their direct with a massive surprise. A short one minute teaser confirmed that the sequel to Breath of the Wild is in development.
The trailer was extremely cryptic, but announcing the sequel to one of the decade's best games is all Nintendo needed to do to make people go wild.
2 Coming In 2019: Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Nintendo gave no release window for Breath of the Wild 2, since they probably have no idea when its coming out either. Thankfully, that game isn't the only thing Zelda fans have to look forward to. A remake of the Game Boy classic, Link's Awakening is coming to the Nintendo Switch in a few short months. Impressions from the show floor relay that this remake is bringing the unique spirit of the quirky spin off with it to the modern console.
1 Have To Wait A Little Longer: Halo: Infinite
Without Halo, it is difficult to say if the XBOX would have succeeded the way it did. The series isn't the titan that it once was, but that could change with Halo: Infinite ushering in the next generation of Microsoft.
They are aiming to launch the game side by side with Project Scarlett, letting gamers see the console's innovations through the eyes of Master Chief. Save for any potential delays, the game will be on store shelves by holiday 2020.