In lieu of E3, gaming companies big and small are delivering their latest game reveals a little differently this year. While showy on-stage events are off the table this year, there are still plenty of reasons to be excited for this summer. Console-makers and publishers have opted to arrange their own online events this year starting with Sony’s Future of Gaming show, which will give us our first look at the games of the PlayStation 5.
To get into the spirit of things, we’re taking a look back at some of the times we were blown away by surprising game announcements. Out of the loop on next-gen news? Learn everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5 ahead of Thursday’s event, which you can watch right here.
In lieu of E3, gaming companies big and small are delivering their latest game reveals a little differently this year. While showy on-stage events are off the table this year, there’s still plenty of reasons to be excited for what some have taken to calling the Summer of Games. Console-makers and publishers have opted to arrange their own online events this year starting with Sony’s Future of Gaming show, which will give us our first look at the games of the PlayStation 5.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
In what will probably be remembered as one of the most audacious E3 press conferences of all time, Sony delivered not one but three stunning surprises one after another. The show started with a release date for the long-awaited The Last Guardian, but what really had fans pinching themselves was the confirmation that we were finally getting a Final Fantasy VII Remake. Even with the game in our hands (and around 100 hours on the clock) we still can’t quite believe it’s real. If you’re still wrestling with the game’s devilish hard mode, here are 7 things you need to know.
But they didn’t stop there. Shortly after the Final Fantasy VII Remake reveal, Sony confirmed that the cult-classic series Shenmue (the story of which we explore here) was also returning for a third instalment. This one-two-punch of shocking announcements sent the internet into meltdown and will surely be remembered for years to come.
Way back in 2002, Bungie stunned the world with the first trailer for Halo 2. The trailer’s incredible visuals and cinematic feel had fans feverish with anticipation for Master Chief’s second outing.
Fast forward to 2019 and we have another return of a much-beloved series that had been absent for years prior. Although there had been plenty of rumours and teases leading up to it’s reveal, we were still utterly blown away by the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx. Still not played it? Find out what VR setup you need to play Half-Life: Alyx here.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
We will never forget laying eyes on Twilight Princess for the very first time. The game’s gorgeous epic-fantasy visuals stood in stark contrast to The Wind Waker’s more whimsical style, suggesting that a new era of Hyrule was about to begin.
Cast your mind back to February 2019 and the name ‘Apex Legends’ would have meant nothing to you. Now, it is one of the most popular free-to-play games in history, having introduced an innovative new spin on the Battle Royale genre. Developers Respawn Entertainment surprise launched Apex Legends on 4th February last year and it quickly became one of the most popular games around.
When rumours began to swirl about one of the finest fantasy fiction writers around, George RR Martin collaborating with some of the most beloved game developers in the world, we simply did not believe it. That is until we saw the first trailer for Elden Ring.
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