USG Notebook is a weekly column dedicated to rounding up rumors, tidbits, and commentary that didn't get full coverage on the site.
Two stories about E3 broke today, and neither one is good news for this year's show. Longtime attendee and E3 Coliseum host Geoff Keighley announced today that he would not participate in E3 2020, and the official E3 2020 leaked with an early list of participants in tow.
Keighley's absence this year seems to stem from E3's attempts to "shake things up" amid a changing media landscape, as well as today's sudden leak.
"Given what has been publicly communicated about plans for E3 2020, I just don't feel comfortable participating in the show at this time," Keighley told GI.biz. "I saw the E3 website leak this AM and said, 'You know what, I really need to let people know what to expect from me, so no one is disappointed.' This certainly wasn't an easy decision to make, but I think it's the right one for me-and I wanted fans to know before tickets go on sale."
The website leak had a list of companies set to attend E3 2020, from which Microsoft and Nintendo were conspicuously absent. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has previously stated that Xbox would at E3 2020, and Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser told The Hollywood Reporter that Nintendo looks forward to E3 2020. The ESA reaffirmed as much in a press release today, naming Xbox and Nintendo as having already committed to participating in E3 2020.
Some speculated earlier today that Nintendo might re-examine its relationship with the show. Other companies, like Electronic Arts, have been hosting events in the Los Angeles area during E3 for some time.
For now, only Sony and Keighley have backed away from an ever-changing E3; one that has been "reimagined to include new stage experiences, experiential zones, and live events to showcase new titles and innovations in video games and to celebrate video game culture." But the sinking feeling is that, between a lapse in cybersecurity and some unease from longtime E3 veterans, the direction still seems unclear.
From the Rumor Mill
- GeeksWorldWide is reporting that a new Batman game is coming this fall from WB Montreal, and that it will a shift away from the Arkham series towards a DC universe. GWW adds that Rocksteady would pick things up with a next-gen DC game. It's worth noting that parts of GWW's report, like an extended playable Batfamily and the Court of Owls, have been rumored in the past.
- Kotaku's Jason Schreier says new Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games are on the way from Ubisoft. Maybe the teased viking-era Assassin's Creed?
- Though speculation and rumors abound over the Nintendo Direct that seems like it will never come, some other Nintendo news is still percolating. Sabi reiterated rumors of a Paper Mario game, a Nindies presentation in March, and some delays to Breath of the Wild 2.
News and Tidbits
Sony revealed the price it paid for Insomniac Games in an SEC filing earlier this week, and it was not cheap. Insomniac's entry into the PlayStation family came with a $229 million price tag, paid mainly in cash. That might seem like a lot, but keep in mind, Marvel's Spider-Man was a massive seller for the PlayStation. It seems like Sony knew that keeping Insomniac, and potentially more games like Spider-Man, locked down was worth it.
Since Final Fantasy 7 Remake has been delayed into April, this seems to have bumped back the exclusivity window for the game as well. The PS4 exclusive sticker on the box art has been updated (via Twinfinite) to reflect one full year from Final Fantasy 7 Remake's new release date of April 10, 2020.
Some more details on the next game in the Trails series, The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki, have been posted on its official site. I don't know much about this extremely long-running RPG series other than it's very dependable as a niche RPG. Here's to more Trails games and waiting for them to make the trip stateside.
On a scale of 0 to 10 with 0 being "a respected institute in gaming with a rich history of being the centerpoint of games media" and 10 being "that one event last year that leaked personal information of all the attending media folks", E3 2020 seems to be sitting at an 8 so far.- Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) February 12, 2020
The 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie has a number of cool references and Easter eggs.- Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 12, 2020
For example, the 1hr 40 minute run time of the movie is a reference to the Sonic 06 loading screen time.
No way to know whether Anthem 2.0 will be as successful as previous overhauls of failed live games (what a trend this is!), but one thing I do know is that a lot of people have left developer BioWare Austin for neighboring studios over the past year- Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 10, 2020