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5 questions we still have from E3 2017

by Sasha Erfanian Jun 16
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Another E3 has come and gone, leaving a smorgasbord of trailers, demos and gameplay videos for us to pore over for another 365 days.

However, even with so much information being meted out, there are still plenty of questions left open. Here are just some of the things we're still wondering about after the show.

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1. Will Beyond Good and Evil 2 have a playable build next year?

Yes, Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been officially announced. Yes, the CGI trailer was really, really cool. Yes, it was really sweet how Michel Ancel teared up on stage.

However. We've been here before. In 2008, Ubisoft showed off a teaser for a game that could only have been Beyond Good and Evil 2. I mean that's straight up Pey'j.

Now we're here nine years later with a game with an entirely different setting that Ubisoft says will be a prequel instead of a sequel. Hopefully we see a build of this version of the game sometime before 2026. Or y'know, ever.

2. Where were all the VR originals?

2016 might have been the Year of VR, but there were very few virtual reality games to be found at E3 2017. Sure, Sony gets points for showing off four entirely original VR games, however early VR adopters were left out in the cold elsewhere.

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Sure Doom and Fallout 4 are getting VR versions and Sony showed off a bizarre VR Final Fantasy XV fishing game called "Monster of the Deep," but there was nothing that left me particularly hot enough to run out and blow a few hundred bucks on a headset.

3. Can Quake esports find an audience?

With Overwatch bringing back arena shooters in a big way, Bethesda are looking to capitalize with Quake Champions.

And to put their money where their mouth is, the Elder Scrolls developers will be holding a $1 million Quake Champions World Championships at QuakeCon 2017.

While esports are big business these days, history dictates that when companies try to force a scene around a game instead of letting one develop naturally, well, it doesn't go super well. I mean, who can forget thriving esports games like For Honor or Demigod?

Nonetheless, Quake is a big name and perhaps the addition of more characters like Wolfenstein protag BJ Blazkowicz will give the scene some life.

4. Will the Xbox One X have enough exclusives to justify the $499 price point?

Oof! Deja vu! Microsoft's announcement that the Xbox One X would sell for a rather steep $499 elicited the same response that Sony received when they announced the two versions of the PlayStation 3 would go for $499 and $599: groans.

I mean, five hundred bucks is not a small sum and leaves you about half way from joining the PC Master Race with a rig that'll last you several years.

While yes, the One X is stronger than the PlayStation 4 Pro, both will very quickly be outpaced by PCs. The only reason not to bank your money for a new computer is if the One X can get super-hype exclusives that make the investment worth it. I guess it is if you're still a big Crackdown fan.

5. How will Assassin’s Creed: Origins further the modern day story?

We finally got a look at the revitalized Assassin's Creed series and its long-awaited Egyptian installment, however one element Ubisoft is still keeping under wraps is the game's present day framing story.

The modern day segments in AC games have always been underwhelming both for former protag Desmond Miles' blandness as well as the fact its hard to take Abstergo's baton wielding henchmen seriously (c'mon, why can't the Templars afford guns?).

Since AC3, the frame story has moved on to the first-person adventurers of a silent, first-person protag. While Black Flag used the modern setting for a wickedly funny satire of video game development, Unity, Rogue and Syndicate kind of just kept stringing the present-day conflict between Templars, Assassins and ancient alien gods along.

With "Origins" in the title, will the series new installment feature another present-day reset? Or will the storylines' perpetual holding pattern continue?

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.