Words by Cole Manalac
The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is a premier conference where all major game companies in the industry gather to unveil their latest creations and consoles. It’s also used to market or demonstrate games that have been hyped for the past years. With notable companies being Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Bethesda, etc.
With the E3 conference of all significant companies finishing and the event finally beginning to settle down, it’s an opportune time for us to take a seat and look at all the games that have been announced for a release in the near future. The next few years have never been better for gamers, both casual and hardcore. Here, we’ll be checking out the most breathtaking and exciting games that have caught our attention.
12. Persona 5: Royale – (JP) October 31, 2019 / (WEST) Spring 2020
The Persona series is no stranger to having a second version. With Persona 5 achieving massive success internationally and the previous two games in the modern Persona trilogy getting a second version (Persona 3: FES and Persona 4 Golden), it was almost inevitable that there would be another game of the same vein. Boasting more content and a revamped storyline, hopefully, the game gives us surprises so good that we’ll never see it coming.
11. Cyberpunk 2077 – April 16, 2020
Announced in 2012, Cyberpunk was THE game to look out for. Made by the developers of the Witcher Series, CD Projekt Red, the game has been on the wishlist for many people since its announcement. With Keanu Reeves at the helm in its story mode, alongside the track record of CD Projekt Red, this game won’t see to disappoint.
10. Avengers by Square Enix – May 15, 2020
Though we don’t know much about this game, there are theories that it seems to be in the same universe as Spider-man for the PS4. Starring an all-star ensemble of voice actors, like Laura Bailey, Nolan North, and Troy Baker; the hopes for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ game has never been higher.
9. Fire Emblem: Three Houses – July 26, 2019
The newest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise has generated positive responses with its announcement. Boasting a tremendous graphical upgrade as compared to the 3DS and a free-roam mode that seems to place you in the hub of the game, Fire Emblem has never been bigger. Pair that with the decision of pairing with one of the Three Houses in the realm, the stakes are high, and you are in charge of changing fate.
8. Super Mario Maker 2 – June 28, 2019
It’s a me, Mario! The beloved Mario Maker game for the Wii U and 3DS is getting a sequel on the Switch! With more mechanics added onto the level maker, a multiplayer game mode and a story mode where you build a castle, Mario Maker has never been more ambitious. The memories you make on this game will never fade, and making your own fun has never been easier.
7. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – March 20, 2020
Following the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf in 2013, the most that people have gotten out of the franchise was a Mario Party-styled game and a house designing game. Almost nine years after that, Animal Crossing Switch was teased alongside numerous other games. Slated initially with a 2019 release date, the game had to be delayed so that Nintendo wouldn’t burn their workers out, which is an amazingly respectable thing for such a big game company to do. Make sure to save those bells for the Nooks!
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – October 29, 2019
The newest announcement and addition to the Call of Duty family was a fantastic surprise to fans of the original Modern Warfare trilogy. With this being a reboot of the trilogy, the game looks to be more gritty and intense. Despite that, the game seems almost to be a love letter to the fans who have been devoted to the series for so long.
5. Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Fall 2019
Not so much a mansion anymore, Luigi and friends have been invited to a hotel. Much to Luigi’s dismay, his friends had been kidnapped, and the hotel was haunted. The game seems to be leaning back to its origins with the original Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube, meaning that the mission-structured system of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon seems to be gone! Hopefully, more undead hijinx will ensue, and of course, Luigi will be the one to save Mario once again.
4. Pokemon Sword and Shield – November 15, 2019
Despite recent announcements that Mega Evolutions and the National Pokedex won’t be available in the game, the two new entries to the long-standing franchise have (slightly) made up for it by boasting their new ‘Dynamax’ mechanic. With the new region heavily based on the United Kingdom, the games have attracted many people just by having a sheep as a Pokemon. It might sound ridiculous, but it worked since I want it. The jump from the 3DS to the Switch may bring good tidings to the series.
3. Final Fantasy 7 Remake – March 3, 2020
Announced in 2015, the FF7 remake had been heavily anticipated ever since rumors arose around 2005-2007. Initially, the game was getting a remaster, but that proved to be false as the team literally rebuilt the system of the game. Boasting a fully voice acted cast, Final Fantasy 7 Remake wishes to uphold the game many gamers in the 90s hold close dearly to their heart.
2. Death Stranding – November 8, 2019
Ever since legendary video game director Hideo Kojima left Konami, his studio, Koijima Productions led an ambitious project to rival his original plan, P.T Silent Hill. It even has Norman Reedus in it! As a highly anticipated game, we can only hope the hype was worth it.
1. Breath of the Wild sequel – TBA
A surprise announcement, but a welcome one to be sure! Nintendo has stated that the game will be taking a darker direction, mirroring that of Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess. With a fantastic teaser trailer, our wallets are ready to pay for this!
Any games you’re excited for? Comment down below!