The Five Most Promising New IPs Revealed At E3 2017

This year's E3 felt packed with announcements for games. A lot of them, as is often the case, turned out to be sequels or spin-offs of established series, like Wolfenstein II and Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. However, there were also a handful of new games, disconnected from established series, that made an appearance. Here are the most promising ones.

Hidden Agenda

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Supermassive Games
System: PS4
Release: 2017 

Until Dawn was a fantastic horror game with a flexible narrative. Supermassive seems content to make another one in that vein as it announced Hidden Agenda this year, which follows Until Dawn's blend of cinematic and interactive storytelling but with one new twist: multiplayer has been thrown in. Using a system similar to the mobile phone multiplayer design of Jackbox Party Pack, players will be able to vote on decisions that characters make in Hidden Agenda. Considering that choices can have dramatic effects on how the story plays out, this is bound to cause chaotic confusion and heartbreak. 

Perfect for party nights.

Skull & Bones

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release: 2018 

This year had a lot of pirate games on show. Sea of Thieves, Ylands, and Ubisoft's new IP: Skull & Bones. What makes Skull & Bones so interesting is that it's built using the same technology that powered Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, so the battles are intense and realistic. Multiplayer also plays a huge role, with the demo we saw showing off pirate battles between multiple ships on each side. Skull & Bones is a long way from release but you can read our impressions here.

Anthem

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release: 2018 

The newest IP from narrative-driven developers BioWare seems like a radical departure from everything the company has done so far, featuring Iron Man-like suits, flying, a jungle planet, and co-op gameplay. We didn't seem much but what we did suggests that BioWare is taking chances. For more on Anthem, check out the trailer and gameplay footage here

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Publisher: Ubisoft 
Developer: Ubisoft Milan/Paris
System: Nintendo Switch
Release: August 27

Though Ubisoft and Nintendo's odd collaboration leaked partially earlier this year, we didn't get to see the game in action until Ubisoft's presentation. And…it looks really good!? Borrowing more than a few pages from XCOM's book, Kingdom Battle has Mario and some Rabbids fighting against foes in tactical, turn-based battles that retain the goofy, childish joy of both series. You can check out Miller's positive impressions of the game here.

A Way Out

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Hazelight Studios
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release: 2018

A Way Out, the latest game from the makers of Brothers, continues the unique approach to dual characters that was in Brothers but with a co-op twist. A Way Out is bold out of the gate, requiring you to play with someone else, either on your couch or online, as you guide two convicts out of a prison and on an adventure. You can read our impressions of the game here.

For more on E3, be sure to check our indie and VR roundups.

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