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E3 is cancelled, E3 starts tomorrow: it has always been E3 and it will never be E3. The event that serves as the video game industry’s annual summer showcase may have been cancelled, but there are still video games to be announced hype thirst to be slaked. It seems that we’re going to get an entire summer of announcements from Xbox and others, starting tomorrow with Xbox 20/20 the first major showcase of Xbox Series X gameplay.
It’s an exciting thing, regardless, and I’m excited to see our first in-depth look at next-gen games. But it’s third-party only, and that means it’s going to fully embrace a typical contradiction at both Xbox and PlayStation conferences: third-party games are typically also available on the competition. So in many ways, this will also be a first look at PS5 games. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, already confirmed for the event, is clearly coming to all platforms.
Sure, these games will look different. Moderately so. Cross-platform titles often have minor graphical differences, and that’s definitely going to happen here. But such differences are likely going to be minor and more easily sniffed out in a Digital Foundry breakdown than in a gameplay trailer. But when we watch Assassins Creed: Valhalla on the Xbox Series X, we’re going to have a very good idea of what it looks like on the PS5 as well.
I wouldn’t totally eliminate the possibility of a timed exclusive or two in the mix tomorrow, particularly from smaller studios. But it sounds like big multiplatform titles are going to headline the event, and that means it serves as a sort of side showcase for the PS5.
Which is great! Hype benefits everyone, generally speaking, and Microsoft has been pretty enthusiastic about a rising tide lifts all boats sort of approach to things recently. But it makes this a noteworthy event in a way that goes beyond just looking at Microsoft’s new hardware: this is our first real look at a generational leap for the industry no matter what platform you’re talking about, even PC. We’re in for a long season of trailers, so settle in.
I’m a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, IGN.com, Wired and more. I cover social games, video games,…
I’m a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, IGN.com, Wired and more. I cover social games, video games, technology and that whole gray area that happens when technology and consumers collide. Google
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