E3 2016 Central: Everything You Need to Know About The Show

E3 2016 Central: Everything You Need to Know About The Show

Our comprehensive roundup of all our coverage for E3 2016, organized for your browsing convenience.

E3 is upon us! We've pulled together a comprehensive roundup of all our show coverage to date. We'll continue updating this central repository with all E3-related news and happenings throughout the week!


Best of E3: Read USGamer's Nominees and Vote For Your Own Favorites
Which games most impressed you at E3 2016? Do your democratic duty and vote for your favorites!

Now on Virtual Console, Drill Dozer Proves GameFreak Can Do More than Pokemon
Bob delvese into the wacky good times of Drill Dozer.

Bloodstained Wins the Prize for E3's Best Thinly-Veiled Version of an Abandioned Series
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night isn't Castlevania. Except it is. Either way, it's seemingly everything we wanted out of IGA's new project.

The New God of War Showcases a More Sensitive, Caring Kratos
Jaz previews the new God of War and its new protagonist, dad-Kratos.

USGamer's Podcast recaps the best RPGs of 2016
Kat, Jeremy, and Mike discuss 2016's RPGs, including Horizon Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy XV, and Zelda.

It's No Wonder Persona 5 Took Six Years to Make
Kat previews Persona 5, and discusses the ambition that's gone into the title.

Nintendo Hopes to Keep Paper Mario: Color Splash Interesting Despite its Limits
Jeremy breaks down the problems Paper Mario: Color Splash faces, and how Nintendo intends to solve them.

E3 is Fine
Kat outlines how rumors of E3's impending death have been somewhat exaggerated.


Akiba's Beat Ditches Vampires and Looks to ... The World Ends With You?
Jeremy examines the new direction of the Akiba games.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Seemingly Speedy Opening Inspires Confidence
Bob discusses how the new Zelda's seeming lack of hand-holding is very good news for fans.

Detroit: Become Human: Neo-Noir Thriller
Jaz looks at Quantic Dreams' latest game.

With The Last Guardian, Fumito Udea's Worldview Remains Unique After All This Time
Jeremy goes hands-on with The Last Guardian and evaulates how Udea's vision has held up after all these years.

Dead Rising 4 is More Dead Rising and That's Flipping Great
Mike previews Frank West's latest zombie-smashing shenanigans.

Abzu is a Beautiful Underwater Journey
Mike dives into the tranquility of Abzu.

Forza Horizon 3 Takes the Series to New Heights .. and Australia
Jaz previews the new Forza game and takes in its Australian beauty.

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-On: Hacking Your Way Towards the Fun
Mike previews Watch Dogs 2 for your anarchist pleasure.


Halo Wars 2 Showcases Real-Time Strategy's Biggest Advantage Over the MOBA Genre
Kat previews Halo Wars 2.

The Strange Moment Where I Can't Talk About a Game I Played at E3
Kat laments the existence of embargos on games shown at E3.

The Trailer for Death Stranding was Exactly What E3 2016 Needed
Hideo Kojima's debut trailer for his next game makes zero sense, and that's totally OK.

Finally, Shantae's Back on Game Boy
Well, kind of. Anyway, the new game is looking sharp.

That Time at E3 That NIS America Tried to Get Me Drunk
Jeremy talks about NIS America's offerings, including Touhou, visual novels, and booze.

The Strange, Wonderful World of Slime Rancher
Jeremy checks out the highly unique, highly cute Slime Rancher for Xbox One.

Nintendo Reveals Ever Oasis, an Ultra-Adorbs 3DS RPG
Developer Grezzo brings new IP to Nintendo's RPG beast of a handheld.

Yooka-Laylee is Easy to Fall in Love With
Playtonic Games’ open-world 3D platform adventure is just plain fun.

NieR: Automata is the Platinum Game You're Looking For
Feeling wary of Scalebound? Keep NieR on your radar.

Dragon Quest Builders Truly is the Dragon Quest of Minecraft Clones
Not just in appearance, but in terms of its fundamental design philosophy.

From US to You Live @ E3 2016: Day 3
Kat, Jaz, and Mike are up in the morning to talk about everything they saw on the showfloor for E3.

Why ReCore is a $40 Game
Jeremy learns why Keiji Inafune's upcoming adventure game for Xbox One sits at the unusual price point of $40.

WRC 6 Makes Rally Driving Accessible and Fun
Buckle up, rally racing fans: Jaz previews WRC 6.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- Impressions Galore
Nadia recaps what we know about the new Zelda game so far, and offers her impressions.

Resident Evil 7's Teaser Shows Promise, But Leaves Some Lingering Questions
Capcom's reboot brings their horror series in an entirely new direction, but can it sustain first-person tension for more than 20 minutes?

A Personal Aside: Covering E3 2016 in the Shadow of the Horror in Orlando
The heartache I carry as I head to the showfloor.

Skylanders Imaginators Stays Competitive By Playing Fast and Loose with the Toys-to-life Genre
Toys For Bob attempts to reclaim an increasingly crowded format by changing the rules.

No, Seriously: Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is Amusingly Similar to Gundam
Hear me out.

Pokémon Sun and Moon: Battle Royal Has My Attention
But not for the reason you might expect.

Gaming's Golden Hour Has Arrived
Which is not a comment on the quality of games, just on their presentation.

USstreamer: Scream Along with Resident Evil 7
Tune in for a solid hour of Bob experiencing Capcom's survival horror reboot for the first time.

From US to You Live @ E3 2016: Day 2
Mike and Kat are up in the morning to talk about everything from E3's first day.

Star Trek and X-Wing Are Both Being Reborn in VR
Kat discusses everything exciting about Star Trek and Star Wars games coming to VR -- and outlines potentially disappointing scenarios as well.


Sony E3 2016 Press Conference Recap: Resident Evil 7, Hideo Kojima's New Game, and More
We go over all the games Sony had on display for its E3 2016 press conference, including the new Resident Evil, the new God of War, Death Stranding, and tons of others!

Microsoft's New Xbox Brings Lofty Pre-launch Promises Down to Earth
Turns out Xbox One was a scalable system... just not the way Microsoft promised.

Scalebound's Middling Reception Suggests Platinum Has Work to Do Before 2017
Kat addresses the complaints people have about Platinum's dragon-sized adventure game, including its wisecracking hero.

Summary of Ubisoft's E3 2016 Press Conference
Ubisoft showed us Just Dance, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, The Division: Underground, and more.

Xbox One's Inside is a Superlative Platform Puzzler
Jaz previews Inside, the spiritual successor to the indie action / puzzle hit, Limbo.

Summary of Microsoft's E3 2016 Press Conference
Microsoft showed off Scalebound, Forza Horizon 3, Recore, an upgraded Xbox One branded "Project Scorpio," and much more. Check out our summary of the event, including archived footage of the show itself.

Dishonored 2 Embodies Bethesda's Formula for Success
Jeremy talks about how there's more to Dishonored 2 than what we see on its surface.

Bethesda Press Conference Recap
A summary of everything Bethesda showed us last night, plus a video of the show itself, in case you missed it.

From US to You Live @ E3 2016: Day One
Mike and Kat talk about Bethesda and EA's press events, and what's to come from Microsoft and Sony. Watch the archived video!


Mass Effect is Boldly Going in a Direction I Find Exciting
Kat talks about her approval of Mass Effect Andromeda's new story direction.

EA Goes Big with FIFA 17's Story Mode
The mega-publisher hopes to restore their soccer series' tarnished reputation with some pretty big changes to this year's installment.

EA Play Recap: Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Mass Effect, and More!
Mike Williams gives the lowdown on Electronic Arts' press conference.

USgamer team E3 roundtable discussions

What to Expect from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft at E3 2016
We take a look at the big three console holders heading into gaming's marquee event.

What Does the Future Hold for E3?
Gaming's biggest annual event isn't the biggest anymore. How will the evolving nature of video games change E3 in the coming years?

USgamer's RPG Podcast Celebrates Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Another packed episode brings with it Final Fantasy XII, Super Robot Wars V, and Odin Sphere discussion.

E3 rumor roundup

PlayStation 4K/Neo

This is a done deal. Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House confirmed that the upgraded PlayStation 4, code-named Neo, is real. This follows Kotaku and Giant Bomb's independent reports on the upcoming PlayStation Neo. This box isn't supposed to be a PlayStation 5, instead it's a enthusiast-level upgrade to the PlayStation 4. The idea is developers target games for the PlayStation 4, while keeping in mind they can get some performance gains from the Neo. Sony is reportedly making sure developers don't add additional Neo-exclusive features. Same discs, same games, different performance depending on the console you have.

People have been calling it the PlayStation 4K, but 4K resolution support is likely just for Ultra HD Blu-Rays. Most of the power will likely go to improved frame rates. If you need 60 fps, grab a Neo, but the average consumer will be fine with the basic PlayStation 4.

Likelihood: 100%

Xbox Slim & Scorpio Models

Much like the PlayStation Neo rumor above, this seems like a done deal. Polygon and Kotaku have both reported on the rumor, but the big one is The Verge, in a report from Tom Warren. Warren is a big Microsoft guy, so the rumor coming from his desk is a stronger indication of the truth.

This is two rumors in one. The first is that Microsoft is planning to release an Xbox One Slim system, which would be 40 percent smaller than the current system and possibly include 4K video support. The second is the Xbox Scorpio, which would be Microsoft's answer to the PlayStation Neo. The Scorpio would include a new GPU for 4K resolution support, a 2 TB hard drive, and support for the Oculus Rift VR headset.

The thing is, we're likely only going to hear about one of these this year. The Xbox One slim makes sense for Microsoft heading into this holiday season, especially given the recent price drop for the Xbox One itself. But Microsoft isn't going to talk about a new upgraded Xbox One ahead of this holiday shopping season, as that would only depress system sales. Expect the Slim at the press conference this year and the Scorpio at E3 2017.

Likelihood: 100%

The Elder Scrolls Skyrim Remaster

This rumor about Bethesda's E3 press conference reveals came from industry insider Shinobi602 on the Bethesda-specific H.A.M. Radio Podcast and NeoGAF member Enter the Dragon Punch. Shinobi has previously mentioned a potential Bethesda remaster on the Super Deformed Gamescast. Both have stated that Bethesda will be bringing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with improved visuals and mod support.

This makes sense, because Bethesda has already admitted to porting Skyrim in preparation for Fallout 4's console release.

"The first thing we did was port Skyrim to Xbox One," Bethesda's Todd Howard told GameInformer in an interview.

In addition, Fallout 4 recently saw the addition of mod support on Xbox One. Mod support for the PlayStation 4 version of the game will be launching later this month according to the company. Given the shared engine, it's possible that Bethesda has already done the hard work bringing mods over to Skyrim.

A retail listing for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — The Definitive Edition, coming November 23, 2016 has popped up, so call this one gospel.

Likelihood: 100%

Bethesda Sequelthon: Wolfenstein 2, Evil Within 2, Prey 2

We already know that Dishonored 2 is on the way, but a rumor over at Eurogamer says Bethesda's E3 press conference will be sequel heavy.

Wolfenstein: The New Order 2 is easy money for Bethesda and the timing is right for a reveal. Machinegames knocked it out of the park with the first game and the Old Blood DLC, so it's not surprising that they went to work immediately on the sequel. The Evil Within 2 is likewise an easy call. We felt the game was uneven, but Mikami built a world that deserves to be explored some more. Both titles were 2014 releases, meaning Bethesda has pulled Machinegames and Tango Gameworks into the AAA production cycle. I doubt they'll be 2016 releases. 2017 feels about right, but I'm up for being surprised.

Likelihood: 80%

Prey 2 has lived in development hell for a very long time. The game was being developed by Human Head Studios with an original announcement in 2011. It was delayed in 2012 and then in 2013, Kotaku reported that Human Head's work had been scrapped and the development had moved over to Dishonored developer Arkane Studios. Finally, in 2015, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines said the game had been cancelled completely.

"It was game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be - we never saw a path to success if we finished it," Hines told CNET. "It wasn't up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it. It's no longer in development. That wasn't an easy decision, but it's one that won't surprise many folks given that we hadn't been talking about it. It's a franchise we still believe we can do something with -- we just need to see what that something is."

Assuming Arkane Studios has been actually working on this, you can read Hines' statements as acknowledging the cancellation of the Human Head version. A re-announcement of Prey 2 sounds like a good idea and continues Bethesda's strong slate of first-person shooters, including Doom and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

But man… it's Prey 2. The brand isn't that strong.

Likelihood: 50%

Dead Rising 4

It looks like Dead Rising is getting another sequel, or at the very least, a reboot? A poster and screenshot for Dead Rising 4 appeared on ThisGenGaming, following that site's report of Capcom Vancouver working on another title. The game seems to star Dead Rising hero Frank West again. ThisGenGaming and NeoGAF member Ekim are saying the game will be built in Unreal Engine and be a soft reboot of the first game with a greatly expanded playing area, set during Christmas time. Further, the game is expected to actually remain an Xbox One exclusive like Dead Rising 3, coming to PCs on Windows 10 via the Windows Store.

We don't know ThisGenGaming or Ekim all that well, but most of the information sounds plausible, especially the Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusivity. The series has a long-time home on Microsoft platforms: the first Dead Rising was Xbox 360 exclusive and Microsoft partially-funded Dead Rising 3 for Xbox One. It's likely Microsoft did so again. So we give it a solid "maybe".

Likelihood: 40%

Resident Evil 7

Resident Evil 7 is ready to be shown at E3 2016, according to Japan-based consultant Dr. Serkan Toto. In a series of tweets, he mentioned that the game is potentially a soft reboot.

Toto is a rather trustworthy source and Capcom has already said that it has three unannounced titles (page 13) coming by the end of the fiscal year on April 2017. Capcom likes money and it only has a few major tentpole franchises, so we expect this is probably true.

Likelihood: 80%

Red Dead Redemption 2

This is another game that's been a long time coming. A poster on NeoGAF uploaded a leaked map for the proposed sequel to Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption. TechRadar later reported that the map was real and the sequel is in fact a prequel.

The map apparently showed a new location - New Bordeaux - that's also the setting for the Take-Two Interactive published Mafia III, leading some to believe there might be some soft connection between both titles.

There's additional word that we might be getting a Red Dead Redemption remaster for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Likelihood: 70%

Pre-E3 news

Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 Neo is Real, But It Won't Be at E3
The upgraded PlayStation 4 is finally confirmed, but Sony won't be showing it at the upcoming trade show.

The West Gets Another Mobile Final Fantasy Game With Final Fantasy Type-0 Online
With the addition of this Final Fantasy Type-0 MMOG, Square-Enix's mobile library continues to offer a little something for everyone.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Gets a New Gameplay Video, Will Be at E3 2016
Take a look at some brand-new footage of Igarashi's Castlevania successor, and try out the demo if you're at E3. Some Bloodstained backers will get the demo after the show.

Watch Dogs 2 Brings the Revolution to San Francisco
There's no Assassin's Creed coming this year, but Ubisoft has something ready to take the slot. Watch Dogs 2 takes the series to a new city with a new protagonist, expanding all the things you can hack.

Injustice 2 Sees DC Heroes Gearing Up For More Angry Fighting in 2017
Mortal Kombat developer Netherrealm Studio revisits the DC Universe with a sequel to 2013's Injustice: Gods Among Us. The superhero fighter is adding an all-new RPG-like Gear system this time around.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Augments Its Icarus
The sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution moves the timeline towards the original Deus Ex with the Aug Incident, where augmented humanity was hacked and turned against their friends and family. Adam Jensen returns with expanded capabilities and Mankind Divided adds the online, arcade-style Breach mode.

Deus Ex GO is the Next Game in the GO Series
After the success of Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO, Square Enix Montreal has announced Deus Ex GO. Combining with the GO-style strategy gameplay, everything Deus Ex comes to mobile.

Why Madden NFL 17 is Starting From Scratch With Its Commentary
For this year's entry, Madden NFL is rethinking how it pulls off its commentary. Charles Davis and Brandon Gaudin are the new voices, but there's more going on behind the scenes.

Summon Night 6 Breaks Borders With Western Launch in 2017
Gaijinworks follows up its localization of Summon Night 5 for PSP with the announcement of Summon Night 6 for PlayStation 4 and Vita. The series moves to full 3D for the first time!

Natsume's E3 Offerings Include Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, River City: Tokyo Rumble, and Wild Guns: Reloaded
Make friends with people, beat them up, or get into a shootout at high noon. Natsume makes it all possible this year.

XCOM 2 Coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Following the successful launch of XCOM 2 this February, Firaxis has announced that the title will be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this September

Persona 5 Ruins Relationships, Launches on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2017
Persona 5 isn't coming this year, but we finally know when it's coming finally! Valentine's Day 2017 is when these new heroes will be stealing hearts.

Volition's All-New Agents of Mayhem is Saints Row-ish
Volition next game isn't a Saints Row sequel, but Agents of Mayhem is still a part of the Saints Row universe. Join this team in the far future city of Seoul, fighting against a Cobra-like evil organization.

Mobius Final Fantasy Coming West in the "Not-So Distant Future"
One of Square Enix' premium mobile games is finally heading West.

Final Fantasy XII Comes to PlayStation 4 with The Zodiac Age
The Final Fantasy remasters continue with Final Fantasy XII. One of the best games in the series gets a new visual polish.

Wonder Boy III Gets a Hand-Drawn and Hand-Animated Remake
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is getting a full hand-drawn, hand-animated remake!

Nintendo Reveals New Pokémon Sun and Moon Trailer, Plus Additional Plans for E3 2016
Nintendo's E3 may be focused on the new Legend of Zelda, but there's a bit of extra space for Pokemon Sun and Moon for 3DS! Check out the new trailer, showing off the new Legendary Pokemon.

NIS Discusses Criminal Girls 2 Content Changes for Western Release
Criminal Girls 2 is heading West for PlayStation Vita and NIS America is open about the changes being made to the game's content and why those decisions are being made.

Skylanders Imaginators Seemingly Puts Less Emphasis on Toys, More on Character Creation
Skylanders offers up a new idea this year, letting players create their own Skylanders characters in game. The Skylander figures this year include Elemental affinities and Sensei characters that will teach your Skylanders character some new moves.

Xbox One Lowered to $299 Ahead of E3
Before we get an Xbox Slim and Xbox Scorpio, Microsoft lowers the price of the Xbox One. It's behind, but hopefully a lower price can stop the bleeding.

Does Minecraft Make You Feel Aimless? Fear Not: Dragon Quest Builders is Coming West
Square Enix' Dragon Quest Builders is heading West! If you liked Minecraft, but needed a bit more focus, Builders might just be the game for you.

Minecraft Battle PvP Preview: Wield a Mighty Porkchop Against Your Foes
Minecraft Battle brings local and online multiplayer PVP to the console versions of the game this month. Build and attack, across random maps and modes!

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