Every year, E3 sells us a future. Last year, that future felt both predictable and oddly intangible; a result of brand-new hardware that had yet to be firmly established. This year, the future felt exciting, wonderfully varied, and vitally within reach. Announcements of games both new and presumed dead, further proof of the weird power of virtual and augmented reality, and a refreshing focus on diversity – in many senses of that word – made E3 2015 the best in years.
Two of the three major platform owners had assured media briefings this year, though a string of mic-drops made Sony’s the most memorable. During the first hour, three ‘mythical project’ announcements – The Last Guardian, a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, and a Final Fantasy 7 remake – left the audience reeling with collectively indulged nostalgia, while Guerrilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn and Media Molecule’s Dreams continued Sony’s trend of letting its first-party developers spread their wings into interesting new territory. It was testament to Sony’s success that a false start by Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End demo brought the best out of the audience at the LA Memorial Sports Arena: when the demo started working on the second try, everyone roared in triumph.