Hands down the best thing to come out of Blizzcon was the Warcraft 3 Reforged announcement. I was absolutely giddy.
If you've followed us over the years, you know that each Blizzcon comes and goes with my same gripe: No Warcraft 4. It's still coming, don't worry, but in the meantime we will soon have a completely remastered version of the greatest RTS of all time (to be replaced by Warcraft 4 which will inevitably be announced at next Blizzcon).
Blizzard announced a new Diablo yesterday at Blizzcon. Apparently, people didn't get the memo to temper their expectations because they were expecting Diablo 4, but instead boo'd the announcement of Diablo Immortal, a mobile Diablo game.
My thoughts? Cool, a Diablo mobile game. It's like Diablo 3 with new gimmicks on a mobile device.
Fallout 76 snuck up on me. Just the other day Graev texts asking if we're going to play the Fallout 76 beta for pre-ordering and I was shocked to realize it's already coming out this month... like in two weeks.
I can't bring myself to pre-order the game.
Have you noticed the latest microtransaction trend that came out of nowhere into a hyped new trend? Battle passes (premium pass, event pass, they're all the same) are all the craze now among the microtransaction industry.
Battle Passes aren't new. There are games like DOTA which have used them since around 2013 -- maybe earlier. Yet in the last month or two they came out of nowhere as the go-to monetization method after loot crates became blasé.
I'm loving this recent trend of Microsoft and Nintendo getting along where multiplayer cross-play is concerned. Minecraft's Better Together update is out today for the Switch, allowing Switch, Xbox, iOS, and Android players to all play together. Notice anyone missing from that list?
We're playing a little bit of catch-up here on the conferences. We were able to watch them all live while traveling, but had to take notes for publishing some of these at a later time.
Here are our thoughts on what Square Enix showed during their conferences.
I had to watch half of the PC Gaming Show while driving over to Graev's where I was able to catch the rest with him. Was this the very first year for this showcase? I liked it. I think fair exposure for PC gaming at E3 is always a plus. The entire event is so skewed towards console games -- not that I personally mind that these days -- that it's nice to see a bit the other direction. I thought Day9 did a nice job hosting.
Read on for our thoughts on specific games shown.
For several years now Nintendo has taken a different approach to E3 with their pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentations. For better or worse, they're at least a lot less cringey. As a result, they're also much lighter on presentation.
Nintendo's pace this year clipped really fast for all but the last game, so we only got micro-tastes of what they showed. Here are our thoughts on all the games shown.
Sony did something new with their conference.
I turned to Graev and called it within the first 30 seconds. They moved the audience to a new venue after their first lengthy game showcase, during which they subjected the audience to pretty much a commercial segment. They finally settled everyone down into the showcase venue.
Here are our thoughts on the games Sony showcased.