The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it is more commonly referred to, is the annual trade fair for the computer and video games industry. Typically held in late May or early June, every year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, t's a literal orgy of video game trailers, demos, displays, exclusives and booth babes. And since it is open only to those in the industry, the general public is forced to experience it from afar - through streaming videos of live coverage and interweb posts from those lucky enough to be in attendance.
Gathered here are some of the biggest announcements and exclusive trailers to come out of E3 2014.
During Microsoft's E3 presentation, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics released an official teaser trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as an official description for the follow-up to their 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider.
"Rise of the Tomb Raider continues the story of Lara Croft as she seeks to learn more about the deeper, secret world she has discovered around her. Obsessed by what she has seen, Lara is now threatened by a shadow organization intent on killing her for what she knows. She is pushed to her physical and mental limits as she seeks the truth buried deep within the tombs of an ancient world. To unravel the mystery of a Lost City, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider."
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released Holiday 2015.
Another Tomb Raider game was also announced. Crystal Dynamics revealed a trailer for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to 2010's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.
"In her new adventure, Lara Croft travels to Egypt and must join forces with rival archaeologist Carter Bell and imprisoned gods Horus and Isis, to defeat the evil god Set. Featuring a four-player co-op story, players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps. All the while, players will compete for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights."
From the Electronic Arts presentation at E3, here's the trailer for Star Wars Battlefront!
"From Electronic Arts, Star Wars Battlefront is the ultimate Star Wars battle experience, brought to life by the creators of Battlefield. Fight in epic Star Wars battles on iconic planets and rise through the ranks playing as the heroic Rebellion or the evil galactic Empire."
Sony’s E3 2014 press conference was late on Monday, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady unveiled a new five minute long gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight.
Besides showing Batman gliding around Gotham City, and fighting some thugs, we get our first look at the Batmobile in action, both in “pursuit” mode and “battle” mode. Before we get to see the Dark Knight interrogate the Penguin, the video is "interrupted" by the Scarecrow, who has a message for Batman.
Sony announced that there will be exclusive content available on the PS4 version of Batman: Arkham Knight, including Scarecrow nightmare missions.
"Scarecrow has returned to unite the Rogues Gallery and has enlisted the Arkham Knight and his immense military force to bring all-out War to Gotham City and destroy the Batman once and for all. The Dark Knight must utilize the Batmobile's newly-revealed Battle Mode, as well as his full arsenal of abilities, to protect his city from complete destruction."
Batman: Arkham Knight will release sometime in 2015 for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, via the official LEGO Batman Game Twitter account, and as part of their E3 reveal, released a new screenshot of Cyborg from LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham releases this fall for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PC.
Also at Sony's E3 PlayStation Presentation, Naughty Dog unveiled the highly-anticipated next chapter in the adventures of Nathan Drake. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will come to the PlayStation 4 in 2015.
"Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves."
Actual gameplay footage for Mortal Kombat X came out of Sony's E3 presentation!
An all-new trailer for their Ratchet & Clank film debuted, based on the beloved series from Insomniac Games!
At Sony's E3 presentation, comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis officially announced that the comic book series he co-created with artist Michael Avon Oeming, Powers, has been greenlit to series and is in production for Sony's PlayStation.
Powers will be an exclusive digital video series based on the Marvel Comics Icon imprint series. It will premiere by the end of the year from Sony TV and PlayStation, in concert with Marvel.
The first episode will be free to everyone on a PS4, and subscribers to Sony’s PlayStation Network Plus will get the entire series for free.
Bendis, who will serve as executive producer on the series, said,
“It’s also going to show us what a world with people with powers would look like. I know that as gamers and comic book lovers, we love our genres hard-core. One of my jobs as exec producer of the show is to make sure that the TV show gives us what the comic book gave us, with all the authenticity we can muster.”
The new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain!
Finally, announced on Monday night at E3, was Sony's new PlayStation TV (PS TV) for the North American (U.S. and Canada) market; the PlayStation TV, under a slightly different name, had previously been available in Japan.
For just $99, you can own a device that will let you pair with your PlayStation 4 allowing you to play games via remote play on a second TV in your home. It will give you access to video and music streaming services. And PlayStation TV will be able to stream select PS3 games to the device via PS Now, and download select PS Vita games, PSP games and PlayStation games from PS One classic through the PlayStation Store. Select PS Vita games will also be playable on PS TV via PS Vita cards.
A bundle including a DualShock 3 controller, an HDMI cable, a memory card and a voucher for the Lego Movie game will also be available for $139.
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