Table of Contents
Indie Live Expo 2020
The Escapist Indie Showcase
PlayStation 5 Showcase
Future Games Show
New Game+ Expo
MonsterVine Hot Games Summer Showcase
Limited Run Games
Devolver Direct 2020
This weekend saw two more traditional E3 shows, starting with Devolver Digital’s Devolver Direct 2020 on Saturday. As usual for Devolver, their show was mainly pure insanity with a few actual announcements mixed in.
The first game was a new trailer for the recently-announced action game Shadow Warrior 3.
After that, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida made an appearance to introduce a new trailer and release date for the online party game Fall Guys, followed by Phil Spencer appearing to reveal the release date of reverse horror game Carrion. None of those games interest me, but it was enjoyable to see some big names… and to watch the unfolding storyline of the showcase, which is the main reason to tune in for a Devolver stream.
A new developer called Beans is working on an unannounced game with Devolver, and then it was time for a stream of fake game announcements. This section was pretty funny, with special mention going to the Geralt section and the appearance from the infamous uncle who works at Nintendo.
The next real game shown was an action game called Olija, which looks cool, although not necessarily my sort of game. Then they showed a gameplay trailer for Serious Sam 4, and then came the strangest game announcement of the show.
Devolverland Expo, available now for free, is a “first-person marketing simulator” that lets you explore an empty Devolver convention center, look for trailers, etc. I’m not sure if I’ll try it or not, but it’s certainly a unique idea, if nothing else.
All in all, it didn’t have any announcements that really caught my attention, but I enjoyed my yearly dose of Devolver insanity and look forward to seeing what over-the-top storyline they come up with for next year’s show.
Meanwhile, today was the day of Ubisoft Forward. I’m not a big Ubisoft fan, so I don’t usually look forward to their E3 shows as much as the others. Nevertheless, some years they surprise me… but this was not one of those years.
They started with a long look at Watch Dogs: Legion and revealed its release date. I never played the first two Watch Dogs games, and I’m not interested in Legion either.
Then they gave a release date for the mobile version of Brawlhalla, celebrated the success of the mobile game Might & Magic: Era of Chaos, announced pre-registration for the mobile game Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad, and featured a special community video because Rainbow Six Siege has done so well.
Next up was a long showcase of their free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter Hyper Scape, which has an open beta available now.
Then Phil Spencer showed up again. Maybe he’s making an effort to appear at other events besides Microsoft’s due to the lack of E3. Anyway, he was there for the introduction of their Assassin’s Creed Valhalla segment, which is coming out on November 17 and does look pretty cool (except that I’ve never gotten into Assassin’s Creed).
Finally, they concluded with the official announcement of Far Cry 6. It was already leaked earlier, but I’m not a Far Cry fan anyway.
And… that was that. This Ubisoft event wasn’t a great one for me. A second Ubisoft Forward is planned for later in 2020, when presumably they’ll show some more games.
We’re coming up to the end of Not-E3 2020. Unless Nintendo announces the much-rumored July Nintendo Direct, all we have left is Microsoft… and possibly Bandai Namco, if I decide to count the Play Anime Live showcase as Not-E3 coverage. Anyway, what did you think of Ubisoft Forward? What about Devolver Direct 2020? Let me know in the comments!---
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