E3 2017 Monday Recap

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E3 2017 Monday Recap

Today was another big one for game news, with press conferences from Ubisoft and Sony, as well as the PC Gaming Show. We'll forgive you if you weren't able to keep up with all of the game reveals and new trailers for previously announced titles. In fact, we'll make it easy for you to catch up. We've got everything you need to read and watch from today's events in one central location.

The PC Gaming Show was relatively low-key, though there were a few notable news items. Highlights included the announcement of an XCOM 2 expansion, as well as pricing and release-date details for Lawbreakers. A few hours later, Ubisoft had an impressive press conference filled with lengthy demos, including The Crew 2, Far Cry 5, and a new pirate game called Skull and Bones. The presentation ended with an extended CG teaser for the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2. Sony's press conference was similarly filled with big-name games, and it was tough to keep up with the rapid-fire delivery of so many releases. It included surprises like a Shadow of the Colossus remaster, a Skyrim VR edition, and a new PS4 Monster Hunter game. It concluded with a lengthy look at Insomniac's upcoming Spider-Man game.

Here's the complete list of what happened today. And if you missed the weekend news, you can catch up here.

Watch The Full E3 2017 Ubisoft Press Conference

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Watch The Full E3 2017 Ubisoft Press Conference

Ubisoft's showcase this year kept the pace brisk with a laser focus on games. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Skull & Bones, Assassin's Creed Origins and many more made for one of their most exciting conferences yet.

You can watch the full show below with commentary from Game Informer's Jeff Cork and Javy Gwaltney. The pre-show ends and the conference begins at 17:05. You can also check here for our full stream schedule for the other conferences.

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Kingdom Hearts Composer Talks Orchestra World Tour, Kingdom Hearts III

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Kingdom Hearts Composer Talks Orchestra World Tour, Kingdom Hearts III

The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour kicked off its debut in the U.S. on Saturday. The show allows fans to come together and listen to their favorite Kingdom Hearts songs performed by a live orchestra accompanied by scenes from the series – some of which were created for the tour. I was fortunate to be in attendance and get a look at Kingdom Hearts III’s newest trailer. I also had another special honor: interviewing composer Yoko Shimomura about her career and the tour. Shimomura has been with been with the series from the beginning and is now working on the music for Kingdom Hearts III. She’s also been composing video game music for nearly three decades now, working on everything from Street Fighter II: World Warrior to Final Fantasy XV. 

Kingdom Hearts recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. What has the series has meant to you, and what impact has it had on you as a musician? 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gameplay Footage And Release Date Revealed

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gameplay Footage And Release Date Revealed

Last year at E3 Bethesda teased a sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. This year, they delivered the goods, showcasing nearly 10 minutes of footage from the upcoming game, which is due out on October 27.

BJ Blazkowicz is back. Torn up quite a bit, but back. As is Anya and apparently both Fergus and Wyatt. Not a lot of context was given for where our heroes are or how the war against the new Nazi regime is going but it seems that Frau Irene Engel is set to return as the antagonist of this entry. And we also see some clips from the exo suit Caroline Becker wore in the first game as well.

You can watch the trailer in all of its bloody, nazi-killing glory right here:

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gameplay Footage And Release Date Revealed

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gameplay Footage And Release Date Revealed

Last year at E3 Bethesda teased a sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. This year, they delivered the goods, showcasing nearly 10 minutes of footage from the upcoming game, which is due out on October 27.

BJ Blazkowicz is back. Torn up quite a bit, but back. As is Anya and apparently both Fergus and Wyatt. Not a lot of context was given for where our heroes are or how the war against the new Nazi regime is going but it seems that Frau Irene Engel is set to return as the antagonist of this entry. And we also see some clips from the exo suit Caroline Becker wore in the first game as well.

You can watch the trailer in all of its bloody, nazi-killing glory right here:

Watch The Full E3 2017 Microsoft Press Conference

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Watch The Full E3 2017 Microsoft Press Conference

Microsoft didn't disappoint this year with a showcase of over 40 exclusive or timed-exclusive titles, including Sea of Thieves, Cuphead, Forza, Crackdown 3, and the longest glimpse yet of Anthem from Bioware. We even got another look at the Xbox One X and its $499 price tag.

You can watch the full conference below with commentary from Game Informer's Dan Tack and Javy Gwaltney. The pre-show ends and the conference begins at 17:00. You can also check here for our full stream schedule for the other conferences.

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What We Learned From Playing Assassin’s Creed Origins

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What We Learned From Playing Assassin’s Creed Origins

As we just announced, Assassin’s Creed Origins is our latest cover story. Kimberley Wallace and I traveled to Montreal to check out the game and learn more about what the team was hoping to achieve with the latest entry. It’s a significant departure for the series, in that it brings RPG elements to the forefront scraps the longstanding way of handling combat. Kim and I decided to have a conversation about what we saw, since there’s so much to discuss – both for returning fans and players who are excited about playing an action/RPG set in ancient Egypt.