With E3 2019 finally wrapped up, we’ve taken time to reflect on the show’s most promising titles. From Elden Ring to a surprise Breath of the Wild sequel in the works, the games conference certainly game most of us some great titles to look forward to over the coming year.
Speaking of Elden Ring…
This is THE game I am looking forward to. Yes, Final Fantasy 7 is coming. Yes, Final Fantasy 8 is finally getting a remaster, but Elden Ring sounds like it’ll be taking two of the things I love most in this world, George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware soulsbornes, and blending them together. Elden Ring is FromSoft’s latest IP and it would appear that Hidetaka Miyazaki is delivering the largest Soulsborne title he’s ever made.
With promises of an open world setting, deep character customization, and a brand new universe dripping with lore tucked away in every corner; this is the next soulsborne title fans have been begging for. With the brilliant world building of both Miyazaki and Martin, Elden Ring will surely offer an incredible new experience packed full of everything we’ve grown to love from a Souls-like title.
The open world switch up is a great new feature that will allow us to explore this world in a way we never really could before with a FromSoft title, and I am brimming with excitement over that proposition.
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered
After years of speculating, we are finally getting one of the best Final Fantasy titles on modern consoles. With this year marking the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy 8, it seems fitting that the remaster would drop around this time. Not to mention, it’s coming to Switch so all other console versions can suck a butt.
Final Fantasy 8 has been eagerly anticipated by longtime fans of the series. With its unique story, deep mechanics, and a fantastic ensemble of characters, Final Fantasy 8 rivals other great installments in the franchise like 7 and 10. 8 has been the only, more recent, Final Fantasy yet to get the remaster treatment, and now it is finally time to complete the collection.
Gods and Monsters
Little is known about Ubisoft’s new IP other than it draws heavily on Greek Mythology and the Legend of Zelda. Players will explore a “painterly” open world (as Ubisoft described it), battling monsters from Greek legends and wielding the power of the Gods. The gods are in trouble and it will fall on our forgotten hero to save them! Sign me the hell up.
Greek mythology has been touched on in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, but this is the studio fully embracing that mythos and giving us a huge new Greek playground to explore crammed full of everything that makes those legends so appealing. The game will apparently include puzzles, dungeons, and a customizable main character. While little is known about this title right now, it’s an exciting prospect to think about how the Greek god’s powers will be utilized for an open world style game.
Surely if the Gods need our help they’ll be lending us some truly fantastical powers to aid us in our fight against Typhon!
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Square Enix came out swinging with this one. We went from knowing very little about this remake to knowing more than we could possibly want to in a very short period of time. When it was announced that Final Fantasy 7 had been taken in-house to finish development, I was sure this would be the next Final Fantasy 15. After watching the gameplay and story trailer I was shocked, and elated to find out we would be getting our hands on this title next year!
While I remain apprehensive about how spongy that Scorpion boss looked, the rest of the demo delivered on every front. The way Square has given veterans a way to still use turn-based battles is genius, and I love that they worked it in there. I don’t necessarily agree with this game being spread out over 3 installments, but I can absolutely get on board with Square wanting to deep dive into this universe and flesh out its world and characters even more than the 1997 version did.
Of course, my biggest question is how they’ll “modernize” and pull off that cross-dressing sequence since they recently confirmed it will for sure be included in this remake.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
Respawn is taking a crack at the Star Wars universe, and from their gameplay demo, I am ecstatic! Star Wars: Force Unleashed delved into the world of Star Wars in a way we hadn’t really seen before, Jedi Fallen Order gave off similar vibes. What’s interesting is that Respawn didn’t even touch on one of the greatest aspects of this title, it’s going to be a Metroidvania!? During a recent interview on the Giant Beastcast podcast, it was revealed that Jedi: Fallen Order will be larger than previously expected.
On top of that players will control a crew, and be able to travel to planets in any order they want. Completing a planet will grant players abilities that they can then take to other planets and access previously unreachable locations! Why was this not shown off during their E3 presentation?! A Metroidvania Star Wars title is way more appealing than a linear, Uncharted experience, which is what people have been assuming it will be going off of the gameplay demo. The combat shown was great though, and it seems like a nice blend of action/strategy combat. The worlds look lush and dense and dripping with Star Wars nostalgia. Not to mention that badass little droid, BD-1, who absolutely stole the show. It’s exciting to think this could, finally, be the Star Wars title we’ve been waiting for.
While there were certainly a lot more games showcased during E3 2019 that I can’t wait to get my hands on, these aforementioned titles are high up on the list. Other Honorable mentions include Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Marvels: Avengers, and Watchdogs: Legion.