Developers and content creaters showcase new products

By Thunderword Staff

Crawling its way out of the sludge and trying to shake of the stench of controversy this years Electronics Arts Expo needs to deliver big.

It's that time of year where major tech companies and game developers show off what they have in store for consumers.

This year will see a bit of a shake up as Sony will not be participating in this year's E3, opting instead to deliver their news at their own conference this February. Another major developer not showing up will be EA, who won't hold a presentation but still hold their play event for hands-on experience with their games.

Still, E3 will potentially be packed with big news and re- leases that will leave you excited for the future.

The schedule is already set and can be watched live on Twitch, YouTube, and Nintendo Direct. Find it listed below.

• EA Play: Kickoff Event Fri- day, June 7 9:30 a.m. / 5:30 p.m. • Microsoft Xbox: June 9 at

4:00 p.m. ET / 1p.m. PT
• Bethesda: Sunday, June 9 at

8:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
• Square Enix: Monday, June

10 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT
• Devolver Digital: Sunday,

June 9 at 11 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT • PC Gaming Show: Monday,

June 10 at 7 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT • Ubisoft: Monday, June 10 at

11 a.m. ET/1 p.m. PDT
• Nintendo Direct: Tuesday,

June 11 at noon ET/9 a.m. PT Some of the big news lead- ing into this year's E3 that fans can look for are new entries into old franchises, the unveiling of a new Xbox console, and more information on new games just

recently teased.
As far as new entries to old

franchises, there have been small rumblings of Ubisoft announcing Watchdogs 3. The game is rumored to be set in London, seen in a patch in Watchdogs 2 that pointed to London in a cut scene.

Another fan favorite that is picking up steam again is Fable and fans are once again begin-

ning to wonder if Microsoft will dust off this classic game. The hope is based on the developer Playground Games opening a second studio to work on "Proj- ect 2".

The game is said to be an

open-world action-role-playing game, that started development around two years ago.

Then we have THQ Nordic delivering a new Darksiders and Destroy All Humans, with a hint to Destroy All Humans being "long-awaited return of a galactically beloved game/ franchise."

This all came about during a rather hectic ask me anything on 8chan that lead to the com- pany co-founder having to issue an apology.

There is also the possibility that instead of Destroy All Hu- mans, the game could be a new

Red Faction. Either way, THQ Nordic is set to showcase two games at E3 this year.

Of course, there is hope of more information of 343's Halo Infinite, since Microsoft showed a small trailer last year. Many fans are hoping to see some gameplay or hear at least a re- lease date for the game.

Alongside returning fran- chises, there will be new games that will shake up the gaming world, or at least try to.

The first game announced ahead of E3 was Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, with a release date of November 15. Fans can ex-

pect to get hands on with this game at EA's booth.

Then there was last year's Cinderella of the event, Cy- berpunk 2077. This futuristic open-world RPG captivat- ed the crowd. Developer CD Projekt Red has already said they will show off more of the game at this year's confer- ence.

Marvel's latest game swings in with a trailer teasing a game with solid information. Square Enix will have a lot of information to fill in. The game has been rumored to have teams up to four players and allow players to customize their hero.

Some reports mention a Des- tiny style adventure, which has some fans a bit worried. How- ever, the studio has been hiring top talent for both voice acting and developing.

The gears of war should fi- nally get a set release date. Gears 5 was shown last year, with Kait taking the lead role for the team. There will be more news and a possible release date given at this year's conference.

Nintendo is not going to sit back and let E3 pass it by. This year, Luigis' Haunted Mansion will make its grand return alongside a potential new ver- sion of the Nintendo Switch.

There will also be news on a new Animal Crossing and the new Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Then, of all the big news, Mi- crosoft is rumored to be unveil- ing the next generation of their consoles.

The next gen is going under the name Xbox Project Scarlett with iterations named Lock- hart and Anaconda. Microsoft could release the specs, price, and release date of the new sys- tem.

If the rumors are to be be- lieved, this new system will be beyond powerful and feature some new features such as vir- tual reality capability.

Whatever happens at this year's E3, it will be exciting and deliver some exciting news.

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