The 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo kicked off on June 11th to spectacular fanfare. Despite Sony’s notable absence, top developers from around the world showed up to show off their latest and greatest games. In case you missed it, we’ve compiled the major E3 highlights to showcase the most exciting news from the event. Let’s check it out.
E3 2019 Highlights
We summarized the event based on the most popular game announcements, which have been listed in order of their release dates.
1. The Legend of Zelda (Sept. 20, 2019)
That’s right! There’s going to be a sequel to Breath of the Wild! While the game is still very early into development, it’s already got fans excited to head back to Hyrule in search of new dungeons & glorious treasure. The exact date is TBA, but we can hardly wait. Fortunately, Link’s Awakening is here to hold you over in the meantime.
Introducing Nintendo’s latest remake, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Based on the Gameboy release from 1993, Link’s Awakening is an action-adventure game that takes place on Koholint Island. This modern release features a playful new art style, revamped mechanics, and a brand new dungeon creator! Link’s Awakening is set for a September 20, 2019 launch on Nintendo Switch.
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (October 25, 2019)
Not to be confused with the 2009 version, Modern Warfare is a brand new take on the Call of Duty franchise. In addition to a handful of new mechanics, the game features a fleshed out campaign, multiplayer matchmaking, and co-op mode! It’s set for an October 25 release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
3. Death Stranding (November 8, 2019)
Due to Sony’s absence at the event, Death Stranding did not get an official moment at E3 2019. But its silence was deafening, and there was buzz abound for Hideo Kojima’s latest project. Death Stranding is an open world action game that plays on the connection between life and death. While we don’t know much more about this PS4 exclusive, it’s already got fans lining up to give it a whirl.
4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Nov. 15, 2019)
Fallen Order is the latest in the Star Wars saga, and it features an immersive single player campaign that’s sure to excite new and old fans alike. Take control of one of the last remaining Jedi to fight the Empire and restore balance to the Galaxy. Fallen Order features iconic Star Wars characters, but it also maintains its own unique storyline and style of play. It’s available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 15.
5. Doom Eternal (Nov. 22, 2019)
Among Bethesda’s biggest announcements this year is Doom Eternal, the sequel to 2016’s smash hit. Players must once again assume control of Doom Slayer as he fights against the forces of hell in an attempt to cleanse the Earth of their scourge. Think you’ve got what it takes? Doom Eternal is out November 2019, just in time for the holidays.
6. Ori and the Will of Wisps (February 11, 2020)
If you’re a metroidvania junkie, Ori and the Will of Wisps is sure to hit the spot. The sequel to Moon Studios’ breathtaking platformer, Will of Wisps takes the players beyond the small forest of Nibel in search of Ori’s greater destiny. After multiple delays, the release date is officially set for February, 2020, and it’ll be available on PC and Xbox One platforms.
7. Final Fantasy VII (March 3, 2020)
Final Fantasy VII is a remake of the beloved 1997 Playstation classic with the same name. It’s set to follow the same narrative with Cloud Strife as the protagonist, but this time around it’ll also feature new exploration and battle mechanics. Built atop the Unreal Engine, Final Fantasy fans can expect an immersive campaign adventure that lets them relive their childhood adventures with their favorite video game characters. FF VII is set to launch on March 3 as a PS4 exclusive.
8. Watch Dogs: Legion (March 6, 2020)
Watch Dogs: Legion was definitely one of Ubisoft’s biggest announcements at the 2019 E3 Expo. The game features the same immersive open world concept, but this time you’re able to play as any character from the entire game. Command the DeadSec Hacker Group in its fight against the UK’s new authoritarian regime and bring the surveillance state crashing down. Watch Dogs: Legion is set for a March 2020 release, and it’ll be available for major consoles and Google Stadia.
9. Cyberpunk 2077 (April 16, 2020)
Keanu Reeves has been making headlines across the entertainment industry, so it’s only fitting that he should be a trending topic at E3. What does that have to do with Cyberpunk 2077? Well, Keanu Reeves plays Johnny Silverhand in Projekt Red’s video game adaptation of the popular tabletop RPG known as Cyberpunk 2020. Play as a mercenary as you travel through a dystopian open world set in Night City, California (aka Los Angeles). Up for the challenge? Cyberpunk 2077 launches in April of 2020 for all major consoles.
10. Halo Infinite (Q4 2020)
Gear up for the newest Halo, which is set to launch at the end of 2020 on the new Xbox “Project Scarlett” Console and Project xCloud. The latest release by 343 Industries brings back all your favorite characters from the Reclaimer Saga including the Master Chief. While the game is still in early development, it’s set to be a groundbreaking release for Microsoft’s exciting new platform!