10 upcoming games to be released at E3 2015

E3 2015 collage

From 16 to 18 June, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (more commonly known as E3) will be held in Los Angeles, California where it will showcase the latest and greatest games to be released on the market in 2015. It may no longer be the biggest gaming expo out there, but it still garners a lot of attention and excitement amongst gamers each year.

Seeing as there are more rumors than concrete news about the upcoming event, we’ve scoured the Internet to compile the most prevalent games that will be unveiled at this year’s E3.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Treyarch/Activision

Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes place in 2065, forty years after Black Ops II. Unwelcomed advancements in science and technology have dramatically transformed society’s landscape. Humans are now seen as more machine than flesh and blood. Robots and supersoldiers are taking over combat to replace humans. This progress has led to widespread protests to halt further technological developments. This installment in the COD series follows a group of black ops supersoldiers, the same as with Black Ops II.

Directors Dan Bunting and Jason Blundell have said that Black Ops III will feature changed player controls, which means that previously used tactics may be rendered useless in this installment. More situational awareness will be needed, and a lot more actions will be automated to ensure players focus more on the combat itself. There is also a move away from the traditional enemy types, and room is made for a four-player co-op.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Ubisoft Québec/Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a historically-based open world stealth game that follows assassins navigating the world of organized crime during the Victorian era set in London in 1868. This is the 9th installment in the series and follows last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity. Gamers will be playing with twins Jacob and Evie Frye, and will be able to switch freely between the two main protagonists (similar in style to Grand Theft Auto V) and, for the first time, there will also be a playable female character (Evie). The Jacob Frye character will specialize in close combat while Evie Frye will be stronger in stealth and wit.

One of the exciting new additions to the game’s navigation is drivable carriages. Characters will be able to jump to and from these carriages, fight within the carriages and throw people in the carriages to kidnap them. The main weapons in the Assassins’ arsenal will include brass knuckles, a compact revolver, a cane sword and a traditional Nepalese curved kukri knife.

Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Bethesda Softworks

Fallout is a series of post-apocalyptic role-playing games inspired by post-war culture of 1950s America with a retro-futuristic atmosphere. Until recently, Fallout 4 was a mere rumour, but the release of an official trailer on 3 June 2015 has solidified that the game will be showcased at 2015’s E3.

Not many specifics are known as of yet, but some news has leaked from insiders. Boston, Massachusetts is rumoured to be the new setting which makes a lot of sense given Fallout 3’s storyline. It is also rumoured that the use of vehicles will be added to the Fallout world, great for those who have in the past been frustrated by the fact that one could only walk. Some have also said that there is the possibility of a four-player co-op being added alongside more intricate and customizable weaponry.

Doom (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
id Software/Bethesda Softworks

Doom is a game that was first developed in 1992 and is credited for popularizing first-person shooters. It originally focused on an unnamed space marine fighting hordes of demons and the undead for survival.

After Doom 3’s release back in 2004, there has been a lot of back-and-forth about when a new installment of Doom will be coming. A teaser trailer has been released alongside a few seconds of gameplay, featuring the famous double-barreled shotgun and the returning monster, Revenant.

Apparently this Doom release is a reboot of the originals and will take place on Earth, the same as with Doom 3. It will strongly resemble the original Doom games and not be horror-themed as was the case with the more recent releases. Actions that were characteristic of the original Doom such as fast strafing, the lack of reloading, and the ability to carry numerous weapons at once will feature again in this installment.

Lego Dimensions (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
Warner Bros.

Not only is Lego one of the most popular and well-known toys on the market, but since its inception in 1949 its universe has been ever expanding to include video games, movies, television shows, books, magazines, theme parks and more. Its latest video game release will no doubt make another big impact.

Lego Dimensions will be an action-adventure game that follows multiple characters from various Lego sets as they try to stop a masked villain trying to destroy their individual worlds. At first a starter pack will be provided that includes the basics. One can then add other packs that are divided into three categories – level packs, team packs and fun packs. Packs include, Back to the Future, Doctor Who, Portal 2, The Simpsons, Jurassic World, Scooby-Doo, DC Comics and many more.

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360 timed exclusives)
Crystal Dynamics/Microsoft

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the popular 2013 action-adventure game Tomb Raider that follows the archeologist-adventurer Lara Croft. The storyline follows on from the previous Tomb Raider. Lara Croft’s supernatural experiences in the Yamatai domain has been covered up by the organization called Trinity. To prove that her experiences were real and to uncover the truth behind immortality she travels to an ancient city in Siberia with her companion Jonah Maiava.

The game will rely on a crafting system where items have to be created by scavenging materials from plants and animals. There will also be a weather system wherein animals and humans react to a day-to-night cycle. More options for stealth and sneak attacks have been added wherein Lara can use her environment to confuse her enemies and the original bow from Tomb Raider also makes a return.

Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
EA DICE/Electronic Arts

Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront is a series that has been ongoing since 2004. However, after Electronic Arts bought the gaming licence in 2013, they have decided to reboot the game instead of publishing a sequel to the original. Its release it set to coincided with the release of Star Wars Episode VII later this year.

Star Wars Battlefront is both a first-person and third-person action game wherein players can switch between the two types at any time. Players navigate planets from the Star Wars universe like Endor, Hoth, Tattooine and Sullust. Both air- and land-based vehicles are used to travel. Battles are all restricted to the planets and thus space exploration is not possible. Weapons, characters, gear and abilities are all customizable, and can also be shared amongst players. Players will be able to choose between controlling a Rebel Alliance soldier or a Stormtrooper. Hero characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett will also be made available for play. Non-playable characters that you will recognize from the Star Wars franchise, like R2-D2 and C-3PO, will make an appearance during the game.

No Man’s Sky (PS4 timed exclusive, PC)
Hello Games

This is seemingly the most anticipated indie game of 2015. It is said to be an open universe space exploration game. It will be procedurally generated which means that content is created via an algorithm rather than manually. Players take control of a spacecraft with which they explore the surfaces of many planets, and interact with fauna and flora from those planets. Rumour has it that there is 18 quintillion possible planets that can be generated! The ultimate goal is to reach the center of the galaxy.

Players will be able to engage in space-based battles, gather resources, explore deep oceans and face predators. Each planet also has its own unique environment with hazardous conditions. Players can share details of the planets they have visited with other users. No Man’s Sky will be available to play both online and offline.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Square Enix

This cyberpunk-themed action video game combines first-person shooting, stealth and role-playing. It is the sequel to the popular Deus Ex: Human Revolution. In the first Deus Ex (set in 2027) we followed the story of Adam Jensen, a security officer for Sarif Industries, a biotech company that specializes in human augmentations. After a horrific injury while on duty, Jensen undergoes life-saving surgery and ultimately becomes what is called a “transhuman”. With this development, Jensen uncovers a conspiracy by the government wherein human augmentation is simply one part of a complicated puzzle.

In Mankind Divided, Adam Jensen returns as the hero of the series. A 3-day promotional event called “Can’t Kill Progress” was created for the upcoming game, by developers Square Enix, featuring a live Twitch stream. On the live stream, viewers could see a man pacing back and forth, sleeping and meditating in a near empty room. Viewers could change the camera angle, as well as decide how the man would react when being interrogated. Other than that, not much has been revealed about the storyline, and gamers will have to wait for the official E3 showcase on June 16.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
EA DICE/Electronic Arts

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is the much anticipated reboot of the original game released back in 2008. The first Mirror’s Edge was set in a futuristic dystopian society where a group of runners, featuring the protagonist Faith, worked as couriers to transmit secret messages while avoiding government surveillance. It is a three-dimensional platform game that is inspired by the parkour movement (a way of moving over and under obstacles in an urban environment as fast as possible).

Mirror’s Edge 2 will focus on the origins of the main character Faith and is thus seen as a prequel to the first installment. It will also place a little bit more focus on first-person combat mechanics, in addition to the movements featured in the first game. Its release date is yet to be confirmed for 2016.