- Ben Gilbert / Business Insider
E3 2018 is finally coming to an end.
The biggest video game event of the year featured plenty of major game announcements throughout the week from the world’s top game makers including Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, and Ubisoft.
But some came out of the event looking better than others.
These were the winners and losers of E3 2018:
Winner: Sony-backed studios making PlayStation 4 exclusives
The coming PS4 exclusives “Spider-Man,” “Ghost of Tsushima,” and “The Last Of Us Part II” all look incredible, and it goes to show what studios can do when they have the support of a major studio like Sony.
Sony put Insomniac Games in charge of “Spider-Man,” Sucker Punch is developing “Ghost of Tsushima,” and Naughty Dog is leading the way on “The Last Of Us Part II,” but what’s impressive is how all three of these games already show the level of polish fans have come to expect from a PlayStation 4 exclusive. The future of the PS4 looks very bright thanks to these studios.
- Ben Gilbert / Business Insider
Despite the incredible-looking games coming from Sony-backed studios, Sony itself came off E3 looking not so great. Its press conference featured a big intermission that many fans say ruined the flow of the show and made its later announcements feel less exciting.
Later in the week, Sony got into hot water when many of the more than 2 million people who downloaded “Fortnite: Battle Royale” for the Nintendo Switch in its first 24 hours of availability found they couldn’t play on both a PlayStation 4 and the Switch and would have to choose one or the other – at least, if they wanted to keep their purchased items.
Now, Sony is facing a great deal of pressure from fans and even rival companies to provide cross-play for games like “Fortnite” – that is, the ability for PlayStation 4 gamers to play with people on other platforms. Microsoft and Nintendo have made great strides in cross-play, with “Minecraft” and “Fortnite” letting Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners play together.
Frustrations with Sony over the topic are bubbling all over social media. A senior Xbox executive even tweeted his fans asking who would want to play “Destiny” across Xbox and PlayStation. And Microsoft’s Xbox UK account also sent this cheeky tweet:
@NintendoUK wanna play some Fortnite later?
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) June 12, 2018
Winner: “Super Smash Bros” fans
Nintendo spent 24 minutes of its 42-minute E3 presentation talking about “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” its mascot-versus-mascot fighting game scheduled to arrive on the Nintendo Switch on December 7.
Fans knew before E3 that “Super Smash Bros.” would be Nintendo’s focus at the event, and Nintendo lived up to that promise by introducing plenty of details about the new game. But Nintendo went a step further and paid homage to the game’s biggest fans by bringing back every character from past “Super Smash Bros.” games, including characters that appeared only once, as well as fan-favorite stages and items.
Nintendo also made some in-game tweaks that “Smash” fans asked for, like shorter Final Smash moves and small changes to the intricacies of combat. The game will even support GameCube controllers, a nod to people who play “Smash Bros.” in competitive tournaments. If you loved “Smash Bros.” before E3, Nintendo’s presentation was directed at you.
Loser: Nintendo 3DS owners
- Kiyoshi Ota
Despite the success of the Nintendo 3DS, the company didn’t mention its popular handheld device during its presentation at E3. That must sting if you shelled out $160 recently to preorder that awesome Hylian Shield 2DS XL.
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Microsoft has been getting a bad rap lately for lacking the kind of exclusive games on the Xbox One that Sony has with the PlayStation 4. If you want top-flight games like “God of War” and “Horizon Zero Dawn,” you need a PS4.
At E3 2018, though, Microsoft arguably had a stronger presentation than both Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft showed off new games in the popular “Halo,” “Forza,” and “Gears of War” franchises and sequels to popular indie titles like “Ori,” and it notably was the lucky company to premiere the first footage from “Cyberpunk 2077,” the new game from the acclaimed developers CD Projekt Red, at its press conference.
Those games, combined with Microsoft’s investment in new games with the announcement of five new game studios, should make Xbox owners very happy with what they saw at E3 2018.
Loser: People who wanted new games in 2018
The biggest game announced at E3 with a release date this year is probably “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” which is set to come out December 7.
– “Kingdom Hearts 3” was delayed out of 2018 and is now set for release on January 29.
– The “Resident Evil 2” remake is scheduled for arrival in January.
– “Anthem,” “Metro Exodus,” and “Crackdown 3” are all set for a February release.
– “Ori and the Will of the Wisps,” “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice,” “Devil May Cry 5,” “Battletoads,” and “Gears of War 5” are promised only to arrive at some point in 2019.
– We have no idea when “Halo Infinite,” “Doom Eternal,” “The Last of Us II,” “Beyond Good and Evil 2,” “The Elder Scrolls VI,” “Death Stranding,” or “Cyberpunk 2077” will come out.