RECAP — The 5 Most Notable Announcements of the Pre-E3 2019 Press Conferences

By Paul “Tru1P” Holston | @Tru1P3:10 PM EST, Thurs. June 13, 2019

The future of gaming continues to evolve for the next generation. There’s no better place for gaming in the middle of June than at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the world’s premier event for computer and video games that is the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Prior to the official kickoff of #E32019 this week, millions of gamers from around the world got to witness the video game industry’s top companies showcase their newest games and a few surprises that many have anticipated prior to E3.

With so many presentations that ranged from Microsoft to Nintendo (Sony announced in late 2018 that they would not be attending this year’s E3), it’s hard to decide which games were the viewers’ favorites shown and which showcases were the most exhilarating. From premieres, first-looks and surprises that debuted, I’ve tried the best I could to decide on the five most notable announcements from all of the E3 2019 Press Conferences (they’re not in any particular order, but you can decide which was your favorite…and even if they’re not on the list, let us know your favorites on The Cookout’s Twitter!):

Final Fantasy 7 Remake (Photo Credit: E3)

First installment of Final Fantasy 7 Remake has an official release date: March 2020; Square Enix shows #FF7R Gameplay & New Cinematic Trailer on the Playstation 4 Exclusive

Long-time fans of arguably one of the greatest Final Fantasy series of all time, Final Fantasy 7, have been given an answer to their prayers on the remake of the beloved RPG. Set to release in multiple series, the first part of Final Fantasy 7 Remake will make its world premiere on Mar. 6, 2020 exclusively for the Playstation 4. Old and new fans will have the opportunity to go back and relive the journey with main protagonist, Cloud Strife, and members of AVALANCHE to face the corrupt system of the Shinra corporation and face off against former Shinra soldier and main antagonist, Sephiroth. Who knew that a 22-year-old game would be fully rebuilt from the ground up that will include realism, a new battle system, complete voice acting, and a stunning environmental redesign?! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to relive my childhood (gaming in the 90s was the golden era, in my opinion!). And if you’ve never played the game? Don’t worry: “After a long sleep, time has come..”

FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE TRAILER:


Watch Dogs: Legion (Photo Credit: E3)

London-based Watch Dogs: Legion will allow DedSec to recruit anyone. Yes, anyone. March 6, 2020 is the slated release for the resistance to rise up on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

If there’s one thing to take away from the gameplay trailer of Watch Dogs: Legion, remember the name: Helen. But seriously, in the upcoming Watch Dogs series, you’ll be able to not only play as former assassin and elder Helen, but according to Ubisoft, you’ll be able to play and recruit any non-playable character (NPC)  to join your resistance against the “authoritative regime.” The new game is set to be in a post-Brexit future within the capital of England and the United Kingdom: London. According to the developer, each character in the game has their own unique life, unique set of skills and appearances, as well as one life. Yes, permadeath is embedded within the game…so you can’t respawn like you normally can in the previous series. You can also team up with your friend in the new co-op mode, which will feature dedicated online content, missions, and side activities to fight back against the corrupt. You get one shot…so make it count…as in DedSec: “Everything is connected.”

WATCH DOGS: LEGION TRAILER:


Keanu Reeves plays as Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077 (Photo Credit: E3)

Cyberpunk 2077 and Keanu Reeves collaborate for a “Breathtaking” presentation on the anticipated Spring 2020 RPG-game release

If you thought actor Keanu Reeves was a badass as John Wick and Neo from The Matrix, then you must not know who Johnny Silverhand is. Fear not, as many fans were stunned to see the Reeves present the trailer for the upcoming role playing game, Cyberpunk 2077, that is slated to be released on April 16, 2020 for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. With wowing the crowd, the trailer shows Reeves will be in the game as Johnny, an influential Rockerboy and lead singer of the band, Samurai. According Cyberpunk 2077’s official website, the game “is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.” Be sure to keep up with the latest news prior to the release, as Reeves expressed to the game’s main protagonist, V, at the end of the trailer to “Wake the f*ck Up Samurai…we have a city to burn.”

CYBERPUNK 2077 TRAILER: 


Project Scarlett Release Date (Photo Credit: E3)

“Project Scarlett,” Xbox’s next generation console plans, will arrive Holiday 2020

It’s been almost six years since the Xbox One made its debut into the console wars back in 2013. With all of the Sony Playstation exclusives that ramped up last year and some of the CGI game trailers shown prior to the official announcement during Xbox’s press conference, it didn’t seem surprising that they would announce its first details of the next generation console blueprint: “Project Scarlett.” With a date of release for Holiday 2020, this give’s Xbox early eyes on the full details of Xbox’s next-gen…and no doubt that E32020 will be the grand stage for this momentous occasion.

What do we know so far? The next-gen will support up to 8k graphics and frame rates up to 120fps. It’ll have a custom-made AMD processor and a solid-state drive (SSD). It’ll have a Blu-ray disc drive. But how will all of this be configured once it gets into the gamers’ hands?

This project is sure to bring more dialog and conversation surrounding if consoles will continue to thrive in the gaming industry in the 21st century, as at the conference Xbox head Phil Spencer said, “For us, the console is vital, and central to our experience. We heard you — a console should be designed and built and optimized for one thing, and one thing only: Gaming.” With huge expectations towards this new project comes great criticism and critical analysis…in which Xbox knows that one way to curb the competition and naysayers is to stand out among the rest. Hence why one of the biggest game releases will be “Project Scarlett’s” launch title.

Ladies and gentlemen:


Halo Infinite (Photo Credit: E3)

A new Halo is coming….as Master Chief returns in “Halo Infinite” as the debut game at launch for “Project Scarlett” in Holiday 2020

When Halo: Combat Evolved arrived for Xbox in November 15, 2001, the debut of the sci-fi, first-person shooter took the world by storm. Master Chief became an iconic symbol for Xbox, as sales for the franchise games have sold over 70 million copies worldwide with grossing $5 billion. Some didn’t expect another Halo game to be released after the departure of original developer, Bungie Studios, departed from the series, as well as the ups and downs of the last few Halo games. But Xbox announced to the world earlier this week that, indeed, the new game, “Halo Infinite,” by current developer 343 Industries will in-fact be here exclusively for the entire Xbox family of devices and PC, and specifically, for “Project Scarlett.” This marks the first time a Halo game has made a debut as a launch title…and is sure to be the E32020 lead showcase for Xbox as Holiday 2020 gives the company just a shy year and a half to make the game and the next-gen project a near-perfect introduction to the world. Keep an eye out for the anticipated “Status Report” of Halo Infinite’s release in 2020.

HALO INFINITE TRAILER:


Of course, with all the exciting news that was released earlier this week, I’d feel bad if I didn’t leave you all with a few honorable mentions aside from my top 5 (I still love ya Nintendo!). Below you may find game announcements and news that I have still kept within my radar:

10 Honorable Mentions:

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Paul “Tru1P” Holston is a multimedia journalist, photographer, and content creator residing in Washington, D.C. He is a down-to-Earth Gamer with a passion on the intersections of Video Games, Race, and Culture. You can find him streaming at twitch.tv/Tru1P.