The Daily Moot: RIP E3; New Ori GameNews Picks
1. RIP E3
E3 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. This news comes just one week after E3 announced that they were moving “full speed” ahead with the event despite concerns. Organizers had hoped that the planned June date would be late enough in the year that the virus would have died down by then, but it appears they are now taking a precautionary approach. Considering the struggles E3 has had in recent years, it seemed that this year’s convention was their chance to regain relevancy amid the cancellation of so many other gaming conventions. Instead, this may be the end of E3 altogether as it joins GDC, SXSW, and many other events that have been cancelled due to the virus.
2. Ori and the Will of the Wisps The new Ori game is finally here! The sequel to the critically-acclaimed metroidvania Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps follows a similar structure and early reviews have all been overwhelmingly positive. The Ori games are quite possibly the best Microsoft-exclusive games of this generation, so it’s definitely something that Xbox and PC players don’t want to miss out on. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is available for $30, as well as via Xbox Game Pass, and is exclusively on Xbox and PC.
3. Xbox and Ubisoft Digital Events Following the cancellation of E3, Xbox and Ubisoft have both announced plans to hold their own conventions. While there aren’t many details yet, we do know that both events will be exclusively digital. It is expected that Xbox will provide some big details about the upcoming Xbox Series X and that Ubisoft will finally shed some light on their 5 secret AAA titles planned for the coming year. Expect more details in the coming weeks.
4. Epic Games Store Wishlists Seen as the primary threat to Steam’s dominance in the digital gaming marketplace, the Epic Games Store has often been criticized by fans for its lack of “basic” features. One of those basic features has now been addressed as the Epic Games Store has finally added wishlists to its service. While this feature alone isn’t likely to sway Steam loyalists to make the swap, it is a small step in the right direction. For now, it seems the big selling-point of the Epic Games Store will remain to be their free weekly game giveaways. This week’s free games are Offworld Trading Company and GoNNer; Anodyne 2, A Short Hike, and Mutazione are next week’s free games and will be available starting tomorrow.