Five Things We Learned - June 16, 2015

E3 Day Two: Five Things We Learned
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E3 Day Two: Five Things We Learned

Well, if day one belonged to Bethesda, the platform on day two was a little more crowded... and that's putting it lightly. The second day of the world's biggest gaming conference was jam packed with exciting announcements from all the big-hitters, including Microsoft, EA, Sony and Ubisoft. There was a lot happening yesterday, but here's your five-point round-up of the biggest stories from day two...

 


EA showcases Star Wars Battlefront gameplay, announces release date for Need For Speed reboot

EA kicked things off in style by showing off some of the gameplay for the third of its Star Wars titles, due to hit the shelves on November 20th this year, then announcing the new Mass Effect and a brand new game called Unravel, a cute-looking puzzle platform starring a cat-person called Yarn.

The big news for racing fans though is that the release date for the rebooted Need for Speed game has also been announced, being given a ship date of November 3rd. They also showcased a brand new trailer for the new game, which you can find below...

 


Microsoft almost upstages itself with Xbox One news

Microsoft was probably thinking that the big news in its presentation yesterday would be its upcoming title Halo 5, which has a brand new trailer, or even the return of Lara Croft in Rise of the Tomb Raider, but all of that was almost sidelined by the announcement that Xbox One is officially introducing backwards compatibility, as well as getting a new UI.

In addition though, Microsoft also unveiled Forza 6 and the new Gears of War, as well as confirming that Minecraft will be among the games that will be compatible with its HoloLens headset.

Check out the amazing new gameplay trailer for Gears of War 4 below!

 


Rare to release 'classic collection', unveils new title Sea of Thieves

Industry veterans Rare also muscled in on the action yesterday, outlining its plans to release a 'classic collection' featuring some of its best-known and most well-loved titles, but it also unveiled a brand new title called Sea of Thieves, a pirate-themed, first person multiplayer that's exclusively on Xbox, which it says could be hitting the shelves in time for the 2016 winter holiday season. Check out the announce trailer below...

 


Ubisoft showcases Assassin's Creed Syndicate, announces brand new IP For Honour

As well as ofering a better look at one of their most hotly anticipated titles, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft also dropped its own new title yesterday in the form of For Honour, a battle epic which will see you testing your swordsmanship against Knights, Vikings and even Samurai warriors, treating those in attendance to a world premier of the new game's first trailer, which you can find below...

 

Sony shows off No Man's Sky and other exclusives, then sends its own Kickstarter into meltdown

Perhaps the most eventful presentation of the second day at this year's E3 was saved for last, courtesy of Sony, who followed up some new screenshots released yesterday for No Man's Sky with five minutes of gameplay from the upcoming title.

 

Sony also showed off some of its other exclusives titles, including showcasing a cinematic trailer for its new Hitman title and another for Street Fighter 5. But then Yu Suzuki walked out onto the stage, and everything hit fever pitch. He told the audience he was running a new Kickstarter to develop a third instalment of Shenmue, and within minutes he had generated a wave of support so large it crashed the crowd-funding platform and reduced several members of the audience to actual tears. It's fair to say that's title that's going to bery very hotly anticipated indeed.