Another year, another E3, and this year is once again filled with announcements with a strong esports scent, and a few events worth a look!
Find the complete conferences, and links to the specific trailers for the upcoming games and updates in our Esports Recap:
Electronic Arts brought back their big names of the competitive scene for this E3, with sports IP coming back for a new season: Madden 19, NBA Live 19 and of course FIFA 19.
We also learned more about the upcoming Battlefield V, which will boast a Battle Royale mode in addition to the classic multiplayer modes.
Finally, a surprise happened with Command & Conquer Rivals, a new opus to the famous RTS series, designed for mobile devices, with a RTS gameplay leaning towards Clash Royale and the likes.
The Microsoft conference was filled to the brim with announcements and news for around 50 different games. Three Microsoft titles caught our attention for their competitive aspect, even if the release date of two of them is yet to be revealed. These games are Forza Horizon 4, and two games which current opuses already have million-dollars circuits: Halo Infinite and Gears of War 5!
Ubisoft is known for taking care of its games and communities, and they delivered with the announcement for the new Just Dance 19, a long-time players favorite, but also huge updates to come for their competitive titles R6S and For Honor!
Last but not least, Nintendo was the closing player this year, but they delivered big time! Long-awaited Super Smash Bros Ultimate got a full character reveal, and the competitive scene has clearly been a focus with balance changes and maps, plus the invitational tournament held during the E3 (with results at the bottom of the article).
Splatoon 2 has also received his Octo Expansion, and Mario Tennis Ace is getting close to release!
The surprise of the conference was the announcement for the next Super Mario Party game, not exactly a contender for the next esports phenomenon, but you have to admit a Mario Party tournament would be a blast!
Finally, Fortnite has been announced on Switch, so you can really play anywhere!
Other titles that caught our eye during this week were obviously the next Call of Duty, Black Ops IIII, and Jump Force, a versus fighting game with all of your favorite manga characters.
If some of these announcements had something to do with Battle Royale, two games are 100% Battle Royale:
- Realm Royale, by Hi-Rez studios, a take on the genre with heroes and skills to spice things up (it’s already available on the platform)
- Mavericks Proving Grounds which plans on bringing 1,000 players in a single Battle Royale match!
This E3 was also the occasion to have a few great tournaments, with the first one being the Fortnite Pro-Am 2018, reuniting 50 Fortnite streamers and pro players with mainstream celebrities for a huge charity match with a $3,000,000 cash prize:
Nintendo brought the World Finals of its Splatoon 2 World Championship at the E3 for everyone to see, and it was a blast!
Finally, the first ever Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament happened during this E3 with an invitational tournament bringing together pro players from the previous titles of the IP, in a fun tournament mixing all gamemodes (1v1, 2v2 and Free-for-All):