E3 2015: the A-Z breakdown

Project Setsuna (PS4)

Square Enix packed a surprise by revealing the development of a new RPG codenamed Project SetsunaThe roleplaying veteran is even opening a new studio called Toyko RPG Factory for the sole purpose of making it happen. Things we know:

  • Absolutely nothing
  • Nadda
  • Zippo

Rise Of The Tomb Raider (Xbox One) - Updated

Gaspy gaspy cough splutter scream crunch. If we were narrating the life of rebooted Lara Croft that's what it would sound like.

Rise of the Tomb Raider doesn't sound like it's going to give our well-to-do wanderer a break from her constant phsyical torment: there will be landslides, blizzards, nasty critters and of course, dank ol' tombs. 

  • Release is set for 10th November, just in time for some Christmas raiding
  • Crystal Dynamics is keen to stress that Lara can progress non-lethally in this outing if desired
  • Animals are back with a vengeance: Lara's going to be tussling with the likes of bears in-between puzzle solving
  • RoTTR (an acronym we'll definitely be using from now on) is, for the moment, an Xbox exclusive, but will likely be wending its way to PS4 and PC at some point

Shenmue 3 (PS4 / PC) - Updated

A sequel to two of the most gorgeous action adventure games on the PlayStation was announced at the Sony press conference. Developer Ys Net is crowdfunding Shenmue 3 and launched the Kickstarter campaign live onstage - a clever tactic which has clearly worked: the game smashed through it's 2 million dollar funding target in a matter of hours

  • Shenmue 3 will be built in the Unreal 4 engine
  • It feature a 'technique scrolls' system that allows you to expand your abilties through minigames
  • PC gamers will also get to enjoy its fantastical delights
  • The story will pick up with Shenmue 2 left off: Ryo has found his way to China and soon meets a new travelling companion
  • Of course, the brilliant Yu Suzuki is back at the helm to lead the series to its conclusion

Don't be a ninny, get over to the Kickstarter page now and show your support.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PC / PS4 / Xbox One) - Updated

Yep, Ubisoft is bringing Trey Parker and Matt Stone's satirical masterpiece back to the gaming world with a sequel to last year's sublime The Stick of Truth.

If you're finding the new game's title a little cryptic, we suggest you try reading it out loud quickly.

Star Citizen (PC)

Ambition is a valuable asset, but too much ambition can see you crash and burn. And no game currently in development has the same deluxe-sized scoops of aspiration as Chris "the guy who created Wing Commander" Roberts' spacefaring project Star Citizen.

Part space-sim, part shooter, part trading game, part anything you can think of, the scope is so broad it’s being constructed in a series of modules which add functionality bit by bit.

This year at E3 Chris Roberts attended by video link and demonstrated some of the motion capture techniques being used for in-game avatars. Not exactly what we were all hoping, but even a small glimpse into this gargantuan project is welcome.

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire (PC) - Updated

We're now fairly convinced that the CGI trailer budget for BioWare games could sustain a country the size of France.

The Old Republic recieved another dose of the five-star animation treatment at the EA press conference with a trailer for its latest expansion, Knights of the Fallen Empire. Known things:

  • Level caps are being raised to 65 for this outing, but you can jump right in with a level 60 character if you please.
  • Players will face a new enemy, The Emperor of the Eternal Empire, whose faction once again threatens the stability of the galaxy. Though to be honest, when has the Star Wars universe ever been stable? We'd be surprised if they have time for a tea and biscuit between civil wars.
  • As per usual, the expansion will feature eight individually tailored stories for each class.
  • Release is scheduled for October 27.
  • It's free for subscribers. Yipee!