As developers and publishers look to get as much publicity as possible during E3, the announcements inevitably have started to come earlier and earlier and this year is no exception. Considering that E3 hasn’t even begun yet, yesterday was a pretty crazy news day between all of the leaks, delays, teases, and new trailers.
Luckily, there’s plenty to break down from the rush of news…
Horizon: Zero Dawn (New Trailer, Delayed to 2017)
Horizon: Zero Dawn was one of my most anticipated games for 2016, so naturally I’m a bit disappointed with today’s announcement that the release date is now February 28th, 2017. To soften the delay’s blow however, Sony and Guerrilla Games gave us a new three minute trailer (above).
It’s a gorgeous trailer that dives a bit further into Aloy’s past as well as the lore of Horizon‘s world. While the narration is a bit cliche, the trailer inspires hope for incredible boss battles, varied encounter design, and an interesting open world to explore. However, there’s also the concern that large enemies will become repetitive if they appear all over the world.
With the trailer dropping yesterday, I fully expect Sony to show off gameplay in depth during their press conference on June 13th. Horizon may be their biggest upcoming game and with its release date less than nine months away, it’s time to go all out with the marketing plan.
Watch_Dogs 2 (Teaser Trailer)
As was rumored, we got confirmation late last week that Watch_Dogs 2 will indeed be shown off at E3 this year. Today, Ubisoft released a teaser trailer showing a character quietly manipulating software on his phone while discretely holding it at his side.
What’s most interesting to me though is the character’s appearance in the trailer. While we only see about half of the character’s left side, the dark skin tone and the clothing – dark jeans and jacket with a dress shirt and rolled up sleeves – are a perfect match for the voice actor’s Instagram leak that surfaced a while back.
While I still expect this to be shown at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference next week, we’ll also be getting a proper reveal beforehand…this Wednesday at 12pm Eastern.
Yooka-Laylee (New Trailer, Delayed to 2017)
After Playtonic’s incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $3 million, Yooka-Laylee has become a bit of an industry darling. Developed by former Rare employees, the game looks to draw upon nostalgia for Banjo-Kazooie and a bygone era of 3D Platformers to create something new that will stand out in today’s industry.
While it has unfortunately been delayed to Q1 2017, yesterday’s trailer (above) shows a beautiful world full of colorful characters and, like any classic platformer, a ton of collectibles. While these delays ultimately lead to better games, trailers like the ones that dropped yesterday for Yooka-Laylee and Horizon: Zero Dawn sure make the wait harder to bear.
Dead Rising 4 (Leak)
Marketing materials appear to have leaked for Dead Rising 4 which has been rumored to be in development at Capcom over the past couple of weeks. In addition to the leaked marketing materials, NeoGAF insider Ekim has hinted that the game will be a new take on Dead Rising with a broader scope. Additionally, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier tweeted that Dead Rising 4 would appear at the Microsoft E3 conference, fueling the rumors that DR4 could be an XBOX One exclusive like its predecessor.
Final Fantasy XII Remake (Announced, 2017)
With no dedicated conference planned for this E3, Square Enix took to announcing a new project yesterday via press release and YouTube trailer (above). Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age is a remastered version of the game for PS4 that includes improved textures, higher resolution cutscenes, shorter loading times, and 7.1 surround sound among other enhancements.
While this is a PS4 exclusive, I wouldn’t expect to see more of FFXII at Sony’s press conference this year as I can’t imagine them dedicating time to it in addition to the more prominent Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake that will surely see screen time.
Which of yesterday’s surprise announcements gets you the most hyped for E3 next week? Let us know in the comments below!