Lawdie lawdie, we're days away from the first press conference, but The Thursday Before E3 has already offered a wealth of reveals, deets and disappointments. Now, listeners of the best darn podcast in the podcastin' land already know that, this year, I have resolved to not cover E3 to my usual standards. In years past, my E3 coverage borders on insane, with 50+ news posts per day and literal hundreds over the course of the week.
I'm not doing that this year. I'll do my best to cover the Really Important Shit You Need To Know About, but if you want really fine-grit stuff that covers all the bases, I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere.
Now, that being said, Hitman 2 was just announced. It's coming from IO Interactive, published by (ew) Warner Bros, and it'll launch November 13th. Also Sean Bean is totally doing the voice work in this trailer:
Elsewhere, remember that rumor that Crackdown 3 won't make it in 2018, even after all its previous delays? Well, sources are telling Kotaku that's true - it's been pushed to 2019 - though this has not yet been confirmed by Microsoft.
Atlus and SEGA have confirmed their E3 2018 lineup, and y'know what ain't listed? You guessed it - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - the next thing from my beloved Vanillaware, which was announced at last year's E3 for localization without specifying platforms.
Weirdly enough, Atlus have specified that rhythm game spin-offs Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight will come to both PS4 and Vita in North America in "early 2019."
A release date for Titan Quest on Switch was announced this morning - it'll drop on July 31st!
Avalanche Studios - the folks behind Just Cause and Mad Max - announced Generation Zero today. It's an open-world shooter thing with big bipedal robots you have to use guerrilla tactics to take down - kinda' like Horizon: Zero Dawn, but with co-op and uglier graphics and first-person perspective. Here's a trailer:
Days Gone - Sony's Totally Not Just Open-World The Last of Us With Bikers - got a short trailer today and revealed its release date, February 22, 2019. I... really like this trailer, and I think this game looks pretty frickin' good:
Oh, and yesterday, Sony announced Tetris Effect, a PS4/PSVR psychedelic puzzler from the dude that made Rez Infinite and Lumines.
Chamberlain's hyped for it, so I need to make time to watch that trailer - but man, Days Gone is lookin' good, in my humble.