With the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in full swing at the Los Angeles Convention Center, here is a look at some of the biggest news that has emerged from its various press events so far. Plus, we’ve embedded every trailer presented at E3 at the top of this post.
Microsoft announces backwards compatibility for Xbox One Full story >
During its press presentation on Monday, Microsoft announced that starting this holiday season, Xbox One owners will be able to play a selection of previously purchased Xbox 360 games on the next-generation console.
This new feature could encourage more Xbox 360 gamers who have been reluctant to commit to the next-generation console to make the switch to Xbox One, just in time for the holidays.
With Wii U and now Xbox One offering backwards compatibility, will Playstation 4 soon join?
While it had the media’s attention, Microsoft also showcased a slate of games on the way, including “Rise of the Tomb Raider.”
Multiple looks at ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’
“Star Wars” fans received two looks at “Star Wars: Battlefront” during E3 press presentations on Monday.
The first look came from Electronic Arts, the developer behind the game that is scheduled for a Nov. 17 release.
“Battlefront” was the centerpiece of EA’s E3 presentation on Monday, and the footage shared revealed multiplayer game play on “The Battle of Hoth” as well as a scene to remind fans that the game is not quite canonical.
Sony’s presentation also featured new “Battlefront” gameplay footage.
Patrick Bach of EA’s Dice Studios was on hand to discuss the game, sharing how the game’s single player mode will allow players to relive battles from “Star Wars” films old and new.
In contrast to the frozen landscape showcased in EA’s preview, the battle in this trailer takes place on a desert that fans speculated was Jakku but that the official YouTube description calls Tatooine.
Sony showcases ‘The Last Guardian,’ ‘Uncharted 4' and more Full story >
Sony’s E3 presentation kicked off with a surprise look at the long-awaited “The Last Guardian” game and closed with an extended look at “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”
Sony shifted the spotlight to indie developers early on in its presentation, showcasing multiple titles from Devolver Digital as well as the atmospheric space simulator “No Man Sky” from Hello Games.
“Tearaway” and “Little Big Planet” creators Media Molecule also introduced a new Playstation 4 exclusive titled “Dreams.”
Other highlights from Sony’s presentation include a new “Hitman” game, “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate,” a look at the wee “World of Final Fantasy” and news that a “Final Fantasy VII” remake was on the way.
‘Amiibos,’ ‘Skylanders,’ ‘Disney Infinity’ and more toys-to-life gaming Full story >
While new technology like virtual reality headsets are still generating buzz at E3, gaming’s next big thing is in the form of small plastic figurines that spring to life in video games when placed on a plastic tray.
From Nintendo’s “amiibos” to “Disney Infinity,” toys-to-life gaming has generated more than $2 billion in sales since 2011. Lego is also looking to enter the mix with “Lego Dimensions.”
‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Rock Band’ are set for a reunion tour Full story >
Remember “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band”? Activision and Harmonix are resurrecting the franchises with “Guitar Hero Live” and “Rock Band 4.”
Both games are due out in the fall and come to E3 as sort of underdogs, having been absent from the expo and the marketplace for the last five years.
This time around “Rock Band” will emphasize player creativity, while “Guitar Hero” will tap into our 24/7 on-demand music culture.
‘Unravel,’ the game inspired by a Bjork lyric, is unveiled Full story >
“Unravel” from Swedish game make Coldwood Interactive was unveiled during EA’s press event. The in-development game will be for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PCs.
The game stars Yarny, a character made from a single thread of red yarn that can unravel himself. He uses his threads as a lasso as he explores the world around him. The character can become an explorer, a mountaineer or an acrobat.