E3 2017 is in full swing, and a slew of long-awaited sequels, new IPs and absurdly expensive hardware are sure to take a bite out of your wallet in the coming months.
If you were AFK over the weekend or missed some of the big announcements, theScore esports has you covered. Here are the highlights that you need to know about from the convention's biggest press conferences.
Star Wars Battlefront II to have Free-LC
DICE's first take on the Star Wars Battlefront series left a bad taste in the mouths of some gamers due to its lack of launch content and $50 dollar season pass.
But EA seems to have learned their lesson for the game's sequel, as they announced that the DLC for Star Wars Battlefront II — including heroes, planets and game modes — will be entirely free, though the game will still have microtransactions.
A Way Out
If the fantastic Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons wasn't your style, creator and filmmaker Josef Fares's newly announced A Way Out might be more your speed.
Featuring a revenge-driven jailbreak story, you and a friend will have to work together to orchestrate the perfect escape in this fully co-op adventure. No word if the minimap will be your characters' full body tattoos.
Need for Speed: Payback
Is Forza too realistic for you? Well, Need for Speed: Payback certainly isn't. Clearly inspired by the uber successful Fast and the Furious franchise, the game will see you run down tractor trailers while dodging the cops as well oncoming traffic. And that's just the demo.
Xbox One X to come out Nov. 7... with a $499 price tag
The hotly-anticipated Project Scorpio made its debut at Microsoft's press conference. With a 1172MHz custom GPU, liquid cooling, and native 4K, the One X is certainly a powerful little box...however, is it really worth $499?
I guess it is if launch titles like Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and Forza Motorsport 7 get your motor revving.
Anthem: Destiny, Bioware style
After the mixed response to Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromeda, the famed RPG masters at Bioware are trying something new with Anthem: a co-op action game were you and your friends jump into customizable exo-suits to wreak havoc on an alien worlds' hostile flora and fauna.
While the art design, setting and co-op focus are somewhat reminiscent of Bungie Studios' Destiny, Anthem is still a game where you cosplay as a Gundam and jetpack through a lush jungle while causing big explosions.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, IT'S MARVEL VS. CAPCOM BUT WITH DRAGON BALL Z!
Need we say more?
Assassin's Creed Origins
After its first year off since 2007, the Assassin's Creed series is back with a new game set in Ancient Egypt. With more RPG elements than ever, canny assassins have even more freedom to dispatch their targets however they want.
And yes, you can climb the pyramids. Take my money already.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Did you like killing Nazis with improbable weaponry in Wolfenstein: The New Order? Good, then you'll definitely enjoy killing Nazis with improbable weaponry in Wolfenstein: The New Colossus.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Described as a standalone adventure, Death of the Outsider will let you take control of Billie Lurk — a member of the Whaler assassins who murdered the Empress and hounded Corvo in the first game — as she and her mentor Daud pursue the hardest mark of all: the mysterious and fickle god, The Outsider.
Quake Champions World Championship
Quake has been gone for a very long time, but the one-time king of esports is looking to make a comeback with Quake Champions. While it was announced a while ago, Bethesda and Id showed off a new character at E3, Wolfenstein's BJ Blazkowicz, and revealed a $1 million Quake Champions World Championships to be held at QuakeCon 2017.
Is Quake back? Or are you playing too much Overwatch these days?
The Evil Within 2
It's hard out there for survival horrors fans these days, what with more and series like Resident Evil and Silent Hill turning towards gameplay that would be more at home in a traditional action game.
One bit of succor in the famine was 2014's insanely scary The Evil Within. Fans of the game will get a new fix on Friday Oct. 13 with the release of The Evil Within 2. If you need me that day, I'll be curled up in a ball somewhere regretting my life choices.
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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
XCOM 2 took the series in a new direction by reinventing the typical UFO: Enemy Unknown remake formula, both from a gameplay perspective and a thematic one. However, the completely out of the blue expansion, War of the Chosen, pushes that direction even further with three new factions, each offering their own "hero" classes, plenty of new enemies and new strategic layers.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
it's been nearly 14 years since the original game's release and almost nine years since the sequel's original teaser was released, Beyond Good & Evil 2 has finally been revealed.
Of course no gameplay footage was shown and no release date has been set, but the cinematic trailer shows a fresh cast of characters and hints of a struggle on a galactic scale.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario has had some really weird spin-offs over the past few decades. Racing games, Tetris-style puzzle games, RPGs, the list goes on. Which makes it all the more impressive that Ubisoft is taking the moustachioed plumber and his new Rabbid allies in an unheard of new direction: a turn-based tactical RPG.
That's right, it's Mario meets the Raving Rabbids meets XCOM. It's exactly as weird as it sounds and for some reason one of the Rabbids is dressed exactly like Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks.
The Crew 2
What every race car fan wants in their racing car game, boats and planes!
South Park The Fractured But Whole
A continuation of the first South Park RPG, The Stick of Truth, the sequel has traded its elf ears and cloaks for cat ears and capes in their superhero-themed The Fractured But Whole.
The game features a revamped combat system with a movement grid as well as a slew of different 'mini games.' A lot of it looks more of the same, but in the best way.
Far Cry 5
Teased in May, the open world shooter makes somewhat of a political statement as the game takes place in America, where the villain is a gun-worshiping fundamentalist.
Not much is revealed yet about the story, but it strikes a similar tone as Bioshock Infinite's take on American extremism. What we do know is that things go boom and you can hire people to do the booming for you.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
A sequel to a critically-acclaimed, BAFTA-winning and Peabody Award-winning game is a no-brainer.
Monster Hunter World
Just another Monster Hunter game...but this time it's also releasing on PC (outside of Asia). The game's trailer also features a number of new mechanics such as stealth, distraction, a grappling hook, ways of using the environment and some unknown features. Despite these additions, you can be rest assured that you can fall back on just swinging a giant sword.
Shadow of the Colossus
Normally you wouldn't bat an eye at an HD remake, but Shadow of the Colossus is one of the few games that you should make an exception to. A 2018 release time is a bit less exciting, but considering the game is already 12 years old (and still very much holds up), fans can wait a little longer.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
A DLC expansion for to the robo-dinosaur hunting game that we didn't know we needed. Beyond snow, ice, acid pools and a mysterious monster, details are sparse.
New Pokémon announced for the Nintendo Switch
Nintendo confirmed in a short statement during their presentation that a new Pokémon title was in development for the Nintendo Switch, but no other details or a release trailer were provided.
Kirby for Nintendo Switch
Kirby's back and as adorable as ever! Nintendo's favorite small amorphous blob is getting a new platformer for the Nintendo Switch that will release sometime in 2018.
Metroid Prime 4
Many believed it would never happen, but Metroid Prime 4 was confirmed to be in development for the Nintendo Switch. This is the first Metroid Prime game since 2007's Metroid Prime 3, but we literally know nothing else besides its logo.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a vast game by itself, but for those wanting more, Nintendo will release two DLC packs this year. The first DLC, The Master Trials, will launch on June 30 and will include a horde mode, a harder difficulty setting, and new ways to create fast travel points, among other additions. The second DLC, The Champions Ballad, will feature the four Champions who piloted the Divine Beasts and will release in time for the holidays.
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario's next flagship title will see the game's titular character take control of a wide variety of people and objects, including a T-Rex, a Goomba, a taxi and an actual human being. Mark your calendars, because Oct. 27 will see gaming's greatest plumber debut on Nintendo's latest console.