DICE revealed Battlefield V in the weeks before E3 2018, but at the big show, it took the wraps off a bolder, more ambitious Grand Operations multiplayer mode that shifts from map-to-map and scenario-to-scenario to a larger story. Here’s the fancy-schmancy cinematic trailer for the mode:
You can also see the gameplay footage we captured of a Grand Operations match in the video below, and check out our longer Battlefield V hands-on article for deeper impressions.
Madden NFL 2019
With PC gaming exploding, so many consoles running on AMD hardware, and development costs rising, there’s more incentive than ever for big, platform-agnostic publishers like Ubisoft and Bethesda to spread their games far and wide to make as much money as possible. That reality led pigs to fly at E3 2018.
Get this: After over a decade of living room exclusivity, the legendary Madden NFL football games are finally coming to the PC. (We’re running out of reasons to own a console every day!) It’ll also be included as part of Origin Access Premier, an incoming subscription service that allows you to play EA’s latest and greatest PC games as well as a selection from the publisher’s backlog.
Microsoft didn’t say, well, anything about Halo Infinite outside of what you see in this trailer. (Looks like Master Chief is back!) But now that all of the company’s first-party games come to the PC as Xbox Play Anywhere titles, that means the game is likely to come to Windows 10 the same day it launches on Xbox—a first for the series.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Will we ever get to play Beyond Good & Evil 2? I honestly don’t know. This year we got another CG trailer, another look at some pre-pre-pre-alpha footage, and...that’s about it. Hell, Ubisoft even announced it’s going to crowdfund artwork and audio from HitRECord. What even is this game? It might be years before we find out. But hey, Jade’s back. Surprise!
Gears of War 5
Gears of Wars 4’s protagonist J.D. Fenix snoozed up the game, so we’re excited to see Gears 5 shift focus to Kait Diaz—though this reveal trailer plays up whether or not she’s trustworthy as she delves deeper into the Locust mystery.
Microsoft also announced Gears Tactics, which looks kind of like a Gears and XCOM matchup. Hopefully we’ll hear more details soon. There’s some sort of Funko Pop mobile game coming too?
Elder Scrolls VI
Bethesda didn’t say much about the next Elder Scrolls proper during its E3 blowout, focusing instead on a new Elder Scrolls mobile game and fresh features coming to the Elder Scrolls card game and MMO. But fear not: Elder Scrolls VI is coming.
Also coming: Bethesda’s long-rumored new IP, Starfield, though the all-too-brief teaser trailer didn’t reveal much of anything.
Dying Light 2
The original Dying Light’s parkour-meets-open world-meets-zombies-meets-secrets gameplay proved wonderfully enjoyable when it released all the way back in 2015, especially since up to three buddies could play with you in co-op. Dying Light 2 ups the ante by adding a reactive story altered by your gameplay choices to the mix, penned by none other than RPG legend Chris Avellone.
Yes please. We spent 45 minutes with Dying Light 2 and were mighty impressed with the hearts and brains that Techland is building into the best zombie game around.
Metro Exodus was one of our most anticipated games coming out of E3 2017, but it’s back this year due to a delay for more polish. Exodus is scheduled for February 22, 2019, and in the meantime, the new trailer splits the bleak dystopian post-apocalyptic gameplay pretty evenly between the wide-open outdoors and claustrophobic interior spaces. It looks like Metro 2033 and Last Light fans will be right at home in this one. We loved our Metro Exodus demo—it mixed the series’ grim story with a Stalker-like feel.
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