E3 2016 is finally less than a week away! That being said, there's still a lot to talk about before the expo starts. To get an idea of who will be stealing the show at E3 2016, check out this article I wrote a week ago. To see what games have already been released since E3 2015 click here. Keep in mind that some games will not appear on this list that were announced at E3 2015 due to release dates scheduled for 2017.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Mankind Divided is the sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution and prequel to the original Deus Ex game. This game was meant to be released in February of this year, but was pushed back to a September release sometime last year. I have linked a story trailer and there are several others online including one that details all of the new features players will have access to in the new RPG. The factor I'm personally most excited about is the stealth vs combat structure that has been implemented so thoroughly that players can go so far as to skip whole boss battles if they choose to take a complete Pacifist route. Maybe this time around we'll see more gameplay, but this is unlikely with Square Enix not having a press conference at E3 this year.
This is Bethesda's long awaited sequel to the first person stealth game, Dishonored. It appears that this game takes place several years after the events of the original which offers the player the ability to play as Emily as well as the previous game's protagonist, Corvo. The sequel seems to be set in Dunwall again and the second protagonist offers new powers to be used in and out of combat. There have been no details on the game since E3; however, it seems that the weapons available to the player remain unchanged whereas new enemies are available beyond the humans, plague rats, and hyenas found in the first game.
Gears of War 4
This marks the fifth installment in the Gears of War franchise which will be set sometime after the events of Gears of War 3. The game will also most likely feature the protagonists we know and love and will continue to be an Xbox exclusive, but it will be the first game to be released on the Xbox One following the HD remaster of the original Gears of War (Ultimate Edition) which released in March of this year. The setting of this game seems to be Earth and will most likely be the beginning of a new trilogy of games for the franchise.
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 is set to be the final game before the release of Kingdom Hearts III. In the spirit of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Final Mix games, this game will give players new cutscenes that tie together lose ends, most likely granting more details on the infamous "Keyblade War." The game also offers an HD remake of Dream Drop Distance, the 3DS title released in the summer of 2012. Lastly, the core of the game is Kingdom Hearts 0.2 which is set after the events of Birth by Sleep and tells the story of Aqua's travels through the realm of darkness. Square Enix has stated that Kingdom Hearts 0.2 will be a full game in and of itself instead of a short little story. This game is set to release in December of this year. For more on Kingdom Hearts III, check out my article here on what we know about the game and what I want to see regarding it at E3 this year.
The Last Guardian
This was an exciting announcement for fans of games like Shadow of the Colossus. The Last Guardian is the newest game from Team Ico and looks to be an exciting adventure for fans of the developer. Much like its predecessor, this game will be a Playstation exclusive. From the gameplay trailer shown at E3 2015, it's clear that the art style remains mostly unchanged compared to the HD remastering of Shadow of the Colossus. The game will also most likely have a similar mix of adventure and puzzle-based gameplay. This game has been confirmed to have a 2016 release date and that date will most likely fall within Quarter 4 of this fiscal year. Expect a concrete release date during the Sony Press Conference this year.
As Yet Unknown
Even with all of these great titles still yet to be released this year, there were a few announcements that have yet to be confirmed or denied as releasing this year. Until we know for sure, here are the titles you can look hope will receive a release date at E3 2016:
Final Fantasy VII HD Remake
The announcement of this remake has brought about a lot of mixed emotions among fans. There are plenty who are excited to see an HD remastering of what is thought to be the pivotal Final Fantasy game. However, this game was originally on the Playstation so ease of access is not what it used to be for new fans of the series. At the same time, there are those that do not want the reboot for one reason or another, most notably Square Enix's decision to alter the story of Final Fantasy VII's remake. Thus, this is not a 100% HD clone of the original. It is instead an HD remastering with some tweaking to the story which will remain mostly intact. We will most likely get a better idea of the release date this year; however Final Fantasy XV releases on September 30th, so don't expect a 2016 release date. Expect a concrete release date during the Sony Press Conference this year.
For Honor is an arena-style third person fighting game wherein you can take on the role of a Samurai, Viking, or Knight and fight in teams of four against teams of the aforementioned classes. Each class has its own set of weapons and combat style, but from what we've seen from the live gameplay at E3, the game is well balanced between the three classes. The multiplayer battling can be completed online; however I do not know if split screen is an option for this title. Expect a concrete release date for this game during the Ubisoft Press Conference this year.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Wildlands is the latest installment in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series. To my knowledge, this game is taking a different approach to its predecessors in that the game is not as linear with its execution. Most shooters involve an extremely linear story with level by level stories and such, but this game offers players an open world experience which makes a variety of terrain a part of the world you step into. As seen from the trailer, the location is most likely confined to various countries in South America. The varying terrain also offers a variety of vehicles that players can use to get around the world. Expect a concrete release date for this game during the Ubisoft Press Conference this year.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The extremely meta and highly anticipated sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth was announced with the ability to pre-order from Ubisoft's website last year. Since then, there have been no new details regarding the game's release, character list, or gameplay. However, it's likely the RPG will retain most of its elements from its predecessor in regards to combat, character design, and open world structure. Expect a concrete release date during the Ubisoft Press Conference at E3 this year.
So that's the long and the short of E3 2015's 2016 release schedule. Let me know if there are any major games that I missed in the comments below!