At this point, we may only be getting a handful of surprises at next week’s E3 conference in Los Angeles. week. Why you ask? In what I’m assuming to be an effort to announce early rather than fight the noise and fanfare of the largest industry event in America, many game companies are showing their hands early rather than debut at the show itself. Already in May we’ve seen new titles like Far Cry 4, Battlefield Hardline, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Halo 5 Guardians to name a few.
I’m all for reveals, but I’m somewhat alarmed by how many companies are showing off what they have so soon. Part of the fun for me of E3 is getting a first look at titles you had no idea where being created. Those “One More Thing” moments that light up the internet are a thing of beauty. Hopefully the show is still jam packed with excitement even though we’re getting an early look at so many titles.
As May turned to June, we were given a look at three more games, as they were revealed for the first time. Lets take a look:
Mortal Kombat X
Being teased for quite a while by series creator and creative director at NeatherRealm Studios Ed Boon, news and the official trailer finally hit the web yesterday. So what do we know? Well, actually not much outside of Scorpion and Sub Zero duking it out. The CG trailer did show off familiar moves like X-Ray attacks where you can see the internal damage you’re causing and even a fatality at the end. What I found interesting is that environmental attacks were being used. Granted, it was just a CG trailer like I mentioned so whether or not this is a gameplay clue or just for visual flare, we’ll need to wait. Mortal Kombat X is confirmed for 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Homefront: The Revolution
Seemingly having been developed in the dark for quite a while, you may remember that Crytek (originally pegged by THQ to develop this sequel) actually purchased the IP outright during the THQ auction. This allowed the team to continue to work on the game as they wanted rather than the sequel that THQ asked for. So what exactly changed? Namely, they were able to shed the linear, chapter based levels and transform this game into an open world title set in Philadelphia. Not only that, you’re also seeing the power of the CryEngine on next-gen consoles by a developer who knows what they’re doing with shooters. If you want a little more detail on Homefront: The Revolution, I found this preview over on Polygon to be particularly enlightening.
While it doesn’t have a solid release date quite yet, expect to see this one in stores sometime in 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Forza Horizon 2
Revealed by IGN’s new “First” program, this franchise spin off, the team at Playground Games is bringing this open world racing title to both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Featuring a new weather system and also the “Drivatar” feature from Forza Motorsport 5, Horizon 2 will take players into a music festival in Southern Europe. For you gear heads, you won’t have to wait long as Forza Horizon 2 will be hitting this Fall 2014. Playground Games is handling work on the Xbox One version while newcomer, Sumo Digital, is working on the 360 version with the first game’s graphics as a baseline of what you can expect.