Devolver Digital vs. ESA

Just a quick post for today. Devolver Digital put on a bizarre press conference late Sunday night, after Bethesda. I had no idea that there was additional tension between the publisher of the bizarre (and good) and the ESA. From Dual Shockers:

Apparently, Texas-based Devolver Digital — who is known for publishing an array of some of the best and some of the weirdest indies in the industry — lost a whopping $100,000 after the City of Los Angeles prevented it from using a parking lot it had rented to expand its E3 presence.

So what went down? Well, it all started with Devolver renting out the aforementioned lot in order to double its presence (which it decided to do because for the first time ever E3 was allowing the public — 15,000 people of the public — to attend the show). For those who aren’t familiar with what the indie publisher does each year at E3: it rents out of a parking lot at Hooters across the street from E3, where it showcases a variety of games, has free food and drinks..it’s essentially E3’s own festival.

Devolver Digital rented out an additional parking lot next to this Hooters, which the ESA usually reserves for E3. With the doors opened to the general public this year, the company decided to add the space. But the City of LA denied them use for anything but a parking lot this year, which co-founder Mike Wilson alledges was done at the behest of ESA.

One of the stranger stories to come out of the show this year.

Return of Samus E3 2017

I was very excited to see a reimagining of Metroid II Return of Samus at E3 2017. As you can see from the video, it’s been slightly rebranded as “Samus Returns.” Besides Metroid Prime, Return of Samus is perhaps my favorite of the entire series. Yes, I know, Super Metroid annually appears on all the “Best of” lists. But the old Gameboy cart has a special place for me.

I’ll have a more complete breakdown of this year’s E3 in a couple of days, but for now, here’s the Gameplay reveal from this past Tuesday during the Nintendo Treehouse.

E3 2017 Coliseum Day 2 panels

Sorry for not posting this again yesterday, I was preoccupied with the Nintendo E3 Treehouse. The panels are in progress and you can watch them on YouTube, Twitch, and FB Live.

Here’s the link to the YouTube stream:

I’m going to check some of the panels later on if they’re available on replay. I am interested, of course, in Hideo Kojima’s talk which should begin at 6:15 PM EST.

Some other news of note, particularly Steam Direct launching yesterday (June 13) I’ll dig into that some time next week.

Nintendo E3 2017 Spotlight Highlights

Nintendo presented its E3 2017 Spotlight today. It was a 25 minute long pretaped presentation with Reggie Fils-Aime. The games showcased are listed below.

Link to the Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2mZS_p4A7Y

Games

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Kirby
  • Poken Tournament Deluxe
  • Pokemon RPG
  • Metroid Prime 4
  • Yoshi
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Breath of the Wild DLC – The Master Trials
  • Breath of the Wild DLC – The Champions’ Ballad
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Rocket League
  • Super Mario Odysessy

Sony E3 2017 Conference Highlights

Sony E3 2017 Conference highlights are below. These are the games that were shown during the media show.

Games

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
  • Days Gone
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
  • Call of Duty WW2
  • God of War
  • Detroit Become Human
  • Destiny 2
  • Spider-Man

PlayStation VR

  • Elder Scrolls Skyrim VR
  • Starchild
  • Inpatient
  • Moss

Bethesda E3 2017 Highlights

Bethesda held its E3 2017 Press conference. Below are highlights from the briefing.

Games

  • The Elder Scrolls Legends – Heroes of Skyrim (June 29, 2017)
  • Fallout 4 VR (2017)
  • Doom VFR (2017)
  • Quake Champions (2017)
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (September 15, 2017)
  • The Evil Within 2 (October 13, 2017)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (October 27, 2017)

Announcements

  • Creation Club, for Fallout4 and Skyrim. Custom content, made by Bethesda Studios and outside creators, downloadable for credits.
  • Quake World Champions with 1 million USD prize pool at Quakecon, August 26th in Dallas Texas.

Microsoft E3 2017 Briefing

Microsoft E3 2017 Briefing today, the company unveiled the name, release date and pricing of the Xbox One X – formerly known as Project Scorpio. It will release on November 7, 2017 at $499.

Launch Exclusives

  • Metro: Exodus
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Player Unknown Battlegrounds
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • The Darwin Project
  • The Black Desert
  • The Last Night
  • Tacoma
  • Ashen

Console Exclusives

  • Forza Motorsports 7
  • State of Decay 2
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Super Lucky’s Tale (November 7)
  • Cuphead (September 29)
  • Crackdown 3 (November 7)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Anthem (2018)

Releases

  • Dragonball Z Figthers
  • The Last Night
  • Code Vein (2018)
  • The Artful Escape
  • Life is Strange
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (October 10)
  • Osiris New Dawn
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet
  • Unruly Heroes
  • Path of Exile
  • Battlerite
  • Surviving Mars
  • Fable Fortune
  • Observer
  • Robocraft Infinity
  • Dunk Lords
  • Minion Masters
  • Brawlout
  • Ooblets
  • Dark and Light
  • Strange Brigade
  • RiverBond
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Shift
  • Conan Exiles

 

EA Play 2017

At the EA Play press conference earlier today, the company presented seven games and one DLC, including new IPs A Way Out and Anthem. A Battlefront 2 multiplayer gameplay demonstration lasted over 15 minutes.

Games:

Madden 18

Developed by EA Tiburon and coming out August 25. Tom Brady is the cover athlete and the game uses the Frostbite Engine. There’s a new story mode called Longshot.

Battlefield One DLC – In the Name of the Tsar

Developed by DICE and coming out in September. The DLC will move the fighting to the Eastern Front, feature new units and vehicles, and six maps.

FIFA 18

Developed by EA Sports and will drop September 29. The cover athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo. This game will continue Journey mode, the single player mode that centers around pc Alex Hunter.

Need for Speed Payback

Developed by Ghost Games, set for release on November 10. This installment features three player characters with different attributes, Tyler, Mac, and Jesse as they try to take down The House cartel.

A Way Out

Developed by Hazelight and due out in 2018. An EA Originals title, this game is two player co-op game that features split screen gameplay prominently.

Anthem

Developed by Bioware. This is a brand new IP. More information will be available at the Microsoft Press conference.

NBA Live 18

Developed by EA Sports and due out in late 2017. This has a new mode called “The One” and features two career paths, the Street and the League.

Battlefront 2

Developed by DICE and due out November 17. The sequel to the 2015 game has a new single player campaign, class system, and free DLC.