Paige FTW: The Biggest News Of E3 2019

The Keanussaince continues as Cyberpunk 2077 reveals that none other than John Wick himself will appear in CD Projekt Red’s much-anticipated follow-up to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The title even got a release date: April 16, 2020.

And that, of course, was just the tip of the iceberg, as far as big E3 announcements are concerned.

Nintendo impressed this year with several big announcements, including that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would debut on Switch next year (to much fan disappointment). Still, this time the conceit seems to lie in players literally designing the whole world, so it’s hard to complain. Nintendo also dropped a surprise: a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in active development.

Plus, Banjo-Kazooie and the Hero from Dragon Quest also joined Smash Bros. That’s cool, that’s cool. And Pokemon can be giant in Pokemon Sword and Shield. OK.

Square-Enix elicited mixed reactions to its announcements. The remake of Final Fantasy VII looks incredible and even has a release date — March 3, 2020 — but news that the game will be stretched over multiple discs (and that the 2020 release only includes Midgar) was received with some trepidation. Its highly anticipated Avengers title also just … looked really bad, OK? (On the bright side, Final Fantasy VIII is finally getting a remaster?)

George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware announced a collaboration: Elden Ring. The brutality of Dark Souls coupled with Martin’s world building certainly sounds like a winning combination. Watch Dogs Legion is attempting to revitalize a so-so franchise with a novel conceit: No main characters! There’s potential there, but given this series’ track record, I’m hesitant.

And speaking of Zelda, Ubisoft’s Gods & Monsters sure looks like Breath of the Wild, doesn’t it? But I love Greek mythology, so I’m willing to give it a chance, at least.

All this, of course, is only what caught my attention. There’s much more to discuss ahead…