Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 (E3 2015) was the 21st Electronic Entertainment Expo held. The event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. It began on June 16, 2015, and ended on June 18, 2015, with 52,200 total attendees.

Major exhibitors at the convention included Activision Blizzard, Atlus, Bethesda Softworks,[2] Electronic Arts, Microsoft Studios, Nintendo, Nvidia, Sony Computer Entertainment, Square Enix[3] and Ubisoft.[4]

While E3 is a closed event to only members of the video game industry and the media, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) allowed access to the event from gamers for the first time by distributing 5,000 tickets the various exhibitors that they subsequently distributed to their fans.[5]

Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015
E3 2015
The Los Angeles Convention Center during E3 2015, with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Street Fighter V occupying entrance advertising.
GenreMulti-genre
BeginsJune 16, 2015[1]
EndsJune 18, 2015[1]
VenueLos Angeles Convention Center
Location(s)Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Previous eventElectronic Entertainment Expo 2014
Next eventElectronic Entertainment Expo 2016
Attendance52,200
Organized byEntertainment Software Association
Filing statusNon-profit

Press conferences

Oculus

Oculus VR hosted a pre-E3 press conference on June 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.[6] During the conference, Oculus Rift's final design was revealed. Oculus Touch, a controller for the Rift, as well as exclusives, including Damaged Core from High Voltage Software, VR Sports Challenge from Sanzaru Games, Chronos from Gunfire Games and Edge of Nowhere from Insomniac Games were announced.[7][8]

Bethesda

Bethesda hosted its first ever E3 press conference on June 14 at 7:00 p.m.[2][9] During the conference, Bethesda Softworks revealed Fallout Shelter, Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Dishonored 2, as well as The Elder Scrolls: Legends, a card game set within the Elder Scrolls universe. Release windows, trailers and gameplay demo were released for Fallout 4, Doom and BattleCry.

Microsoft

Microsoft hosted a press conference on June 15 at 9:30 a.m.[9] During the conference, Microsoft announced ReCore, Xbox One backward compatibility, a new Elite controller, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Dark Souls III, Ashen, Beyond Eyes, Ion, Rare Replay, Sea of Thieves and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and showed footage of Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6, Fallout 4 with mod support, Tom Clancy's The Division, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Gigantic, Tacoma, Cuphead, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, a version of Minecraft compatible with Microsoft HoloLens and Gears of War 4.

Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts hosted a press conference on June 15 at 1:00 p.m.[9] The conference lasted for an hour.[10] During the conference, Electronic Arts announced Mass Effect Andromeda, showed gameplay of Need for Speed, announced the Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire, Unravel, showed gameplay of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, announced NHL 16, NBA Live 16, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Minions Paradise, showed footage of FIFA 16, showed gameplay of Mirror's Edge Catalyst, showed footage of Madden NFL 16 and showed gameplay of Star Wars Battlefront.

Ubisoft

Ubisoft hosted a press conference on June 15 at 3:00 p.m.[11] During the conference, Ubisoft announced South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a new IP titled For Honor, The Crew Wild Run, Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max, Anno 2205, Just Dance 2016, Trackmania Turbo and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands and showed gameplay of Tom Clancy's The Division, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin's Creed Syndicate.

Sony

Sony hosted a press conference on June 15 at 6:00 p.m.[9][12] During the conference, Sony re-announced The Last Guardian, announced a new IP titled Horizon Zero Dawn, Hitman, Dreams, Firewatch, Destiny: The Taken King, a Final Fantasy VII remake, and Shenmue III and showed footage of No Man's Sky, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Disney Infinity 3.0, Star Wars: Battlefront and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Nintendo

Nintendo, for a third consecutive E3, decided to forego hosting a traditional press conference in favor of a Nintendo Digital Event—a pre-recorded video presentation that was streamed online on June 16 at 9:00 a.m. with an accompanying press release.[9] Prior to E3, Nintendo also held an event, the Nintendo World Championships 2015 (a competition in which a group of players participated in a multi-round competition across multiple Nintendo games), and also featured the announcement of new content for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U,[13] Earthbound Beginnings, Blast Ball, and new gameplay of Super Mario Maker as part of the competition's finale.[14][15] During the Digital Event, Nintendo announced Star Fox Zero, Amiibo figures compatible with Skylanders: SuperChargers, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Fire Emblem Fates, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, showed footage of Xenoblade Chronicles X, announced Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, showed footage of Yoshi's Woolly World, announced Yo-kai Watch, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and showed footage of Super Mario Maker.

Square Enix

Square Enix hosted a press conference on June 16 at 10:00 a.m..[9] During the conference, Square Enix announced Nier: Automata under the provisional title Nier New Project, Lara Croft Go, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness and a new IP titled I Am Setsuna and showed footage of Just Cause 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts III, World of Final Fantasy, Hitman and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Announcement footage of Final Fantasy VII Remake was revealed as part of Sony's presentation.

PC Gaming Show

A webcast focusing on PC gaming was held on June 16 at 5:00 p.m. by gaming magazine PC Gamer and AMD, and hosted by Sean Plott. Representatives of studios including Blizzard Entertainment, Microsoft Studios, Bohemia Interactive, Paradox Interactive, Obsidian Entertainment, as well as Tripwire Interactive, ArenaNet, The Creative Assembly, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, SCS Software, Splash Damage, Square Enix, Cloud Imperium Games and Devolver Digital made appearances.[9][16][17] Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, a PC port of Killer Instinct, American Truck Simulator, a Pillars of Eternity expansion known as The White March, Planet Coaster and an expansion of Arma 3 known as Tanoa were announced, and there was footage shown of Killing Floor 2, Star Citizen, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Total War: Warhammer, Fable Legends, Gigantic, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Eve Valkyrie, Ion, Strafe, the Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns, Hitman, Soma, Day Z, Take on Mars, BlueStreak, Enter the Gungeon and No Man's Sky.

List of notable exhibitors

This is a list of major video game exhibitors who made appearances at E3 2015.[4]

List of confirmed games

This is a list of notable titles that appeared at E3 2015.

13AM Games

2K Games

505 Games

Activision Blizzard

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)[27]
  • Destiny: The Taken King (PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)[28]
  • Guitar Hero Live (PS3 / PS4 / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)[21]
  • Skylanders: SuperChargers (3DS / iOS / PS3 / PS4 / Wii / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)[21]
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)[29]
  • Transformers: Devastation (PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)

The Astronauts

Atlus

Autumn Games

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Bethesda Softworks

Blizzard Entertainment

Bohemia Interactive

Bossa Studios

Capcom

Capybara Games

CI Games

  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PC / PS4 / Xbox One)[42]

Crytek

Daybreak Game Company

Deep Silver

  • Mighty No. 9 (3DS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Vita / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)

Devolver Digital

Disney Interactive Studios

Double Fine Productions

Electronic Arts

Focus Home Interactive

Frictional Games

Frontier Developments

Harmonix

Headup Games

Hello Games

Image & Form

Iron Galaxy Studios

  • Capsule Force (PS4)[21]

Konami

Level-5

Microsoft Studios

n-Space

Natsume

Nintendo

Panic

Paradox Interactive

  • Hollowpoint (PC / PS4)

Pixel Titans

Poppermost Productions

Psyonix

Rebellion Developments

  • Battlezone (PC / PS4)

Renegade Kid

Riot Games

RocketWerkz

  • Ion (PC / Xbox One)

SCS Software

Sega

  • Total War: Warhammer (PC)[66]

Shin'en Multimedia

Ska Studios

Sony Computer Entertainment

Square Enix

Team17

  • Galak-Z: The Dimensional (PC / PS4 / Vita)[21]

Telltale Games

  • The Walking Dead: Michonne (Android / iOS / PC / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)[73]

Tiger & Squid

Tripwire Interactive

Ubisoft

Versus Evil

Viva Media

Vlambeer

Warhorse Studios

  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PC / PS4 / Xbox One)[79]

Warner Bros.

WayForward Technologies

  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PC / PS3 / PS4 / Vita / Wii U / Xbox 360 / Xbox One)[81]

XSEED Games

YS Net

Notes

  1. ^ Formerly XSEED Games

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American Truck Simulator

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Anno 2205

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Beginning in August 2014, a harassment campaign targeted several women in the video game industry; notably game developers Zoë Quinn and Brianna Wu, as well as feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian. After Eron Gjoni, Quinn's former boyfriend, wrote a disparaging blog post about her, #gamergate hashtag users falsely accused Quinn of an unethical relationship with journalist Nathan Grayson. Harassment campaigns against Quinn and others included doxing, threats of rape, and death threats.

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Keiji Inafune (稲船 敬二, Inafune Keiji, born 8 May 1965) is a Japanese video game producer, illustrator and businessman. Starting his career at Capcom in the late 1980s, his job was as an artist and illustrator. The first two games he worked on were the original Street Fighter and Mega Man in 1987. He was then an illustrator and artist of the Mega Man series during the NES and Super NES era. For Mega Man X, he created and designed the character Zero.Inafune then moved onto the position of producer with his first title being Mega Man 8 in 1996. In addition to being the producer for Mega Man X4, Mega Man X5, the three Mega Man Legends games, the Mega Man Zero series, and the Mega Man Battle Network series. Inafune was also a producer of the Lost Planet, Dead Rising and Onimusha series. In 2006, he was promoted to Senior Corporate Officer of Research & Development. In 2010, he became Global Head of Production at Capcom.He left Capcom in late 2010, and later founded his own companies Comcept, and Intercept. He also became Representative Director of DiNG, a mobile game studio. Intercept worked on the game Kaio: King of Pirates which was announced in 2011 and cancelled in 2015. While at Comcept, Inafune oversaw work on such games as Mighty No. 9, Soul Sacrifice, and the unreleased Red Ash: The Indelible Legend. In 2017, Comcept was purchased and became a subsidiary of Level-5.

Marty Stratton

Marty Stratton is an executive producer for id Software. After joining Id Software in 1997, Stratton became the Director of Business Development, overseeing the company's interests in European markets. In 2006, he became responsible for the overall development of Quake Live, Rage, and Doom with ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks respectively. Prior to his arrival at Id Software, Stratton previously worked for Adeline Software International and Activision in Quality Assurance on Time Commando and Spycraft: The Great Game.During QuakeCon 2014, he presented the attendees with a first look at the 2016 reboot of Doom, which he followed up again at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015.

Need for Speed

Need for Speed (NFS) is a racing video game franchise published by Electronic Arts and currently developed by Ghost Games. The series centers around illicit street racing and in general tasks players to complete various types of races while evading the local law enforcement in police pursuits. The series released its first title, The Need for Speed in 1994. The most recent game, Need for Speed Payback, was released on November 10, 2017.

The series has been overseen and had games developed by multiple notable teams over the years including EA Black Box and Criterion Games, the developers of Burnout. The franchise has been critically well received and is one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, selling over 150 million copies of games. Due to its strong sales, the franchise has expanded into other forms of media including a film adaptation and licensed Hot Wheels toys.

Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure video game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Studios for Windows and Xbox One. The game allows players to take the role of a pirate sailing the seas of a fantastical world either solo or as part of a crew of up to four players. The game features both co-operative and player versus player combat. It was released to a limited selection of countries on 20 March 2018 and received mixed reviews from critics.

Shadow of the Beast (2016 video game)

Shadow of the Beast is an action-adventure game developed by Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 in 2016. It is a remake and re-imagining of the 1989 game of the same name.

Souls (series)

Souls (ソウル, Sōru) is a series of action role-playing games developed by FromSoftware. The series began with the release of Demon's Souls for the PlayStation 3 in 2009. It was followed by Dark Souls in 2011 and its sequels, Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III, in the mid-2010s. The series' creator, Hidetaka Miyazaki, served as director for each of them with the exception of Dark Souls II.

The Souls games are played in a third-person perspective, and focus on exploring interconnected environments while fighting enemies with weapons, magic, or both. Players battle bosses to progress through the story, while interacting with strange non-playable characters. The series has been both praised and criticized for its high level of game difficulty, and is considered a spiritual successor to King's Field. Other FromSoftware games, such as Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, share many related concepts with the series.

The Elder Scrolls

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing open world fantasy video games primarily developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The series is known for its elaborate and richly detailed open worlds and its focus on free-form gameplay. Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim all won Game of the Year awards from multiple outlets. The series has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.Within the fictional The Elder Scrolls universe, each game takes place on the continent of Tamriel. The setting is a mix of early or pre-medieval real-world elements, often revolving around a powerful Roman-like Empire in a world with very limited technological capabilities, and high fantasy elements, such as widespread magic use, travel between parallel worlds and the existence of many mythological creatures such as dragons. The continent is split into a number of provinces of which the inhabitants include humans as well as popular humanoid fantasy races such as elves, orcs and anthropomorphic animals. A common theme in the lore is that a chosen hero rises to defeat an incoming threat, usually a malevolent being or an antagonistic army.

Since debuting with Arena in 1994, the series has produced a total of five main games (of which the last three have each featured two or three expansions) as well as several spin-offs. In 2014, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls Online, was released by Bethesda's affiliated ZeniMax subsidiary ZeniMax Online Studios.

XCOM 2

XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactics video game developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in February 2016, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September 2016. The game is the sequel to 2012's reboot of the series, XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Taking place 20 years after the events of Enemy Unknown, it follows the continuity that XCOM, a military organization trying to fight off an alien invasion, has lost the war, and is now a resistance force against their occupation of Earth and their established totalitarian regime and military dictatorship. The expansion XCOM 2: War of the Chosen was released in 2017.

Xbox One system software

The Xbox One system software, sometimes called the Xbox OS, is the operating system for the eighth-generation home video game console, Xbox One. It is a Windows-based operating system using the Hyper-V virtual machine monitor and contains separate operating systems for games and applications that can run on the console. It is located on the internal HDD for day-to-day usage, while also being duplicated on the internal NAND storage of the console for recovery purposes and factory reset functionality.

The Xbox One allows users to download applications that add to the functionality of the dashboard. From June 2014 onwards, entertainment apps no longer required the user to be signed into a valid Xbox Live Gold account in order to use the features advertised for the given app.Since launch, Microsoft has been updating the OS monthly, with updates downloaded from the Xbox Live service directly to the Xbox One and subsequently installed, or by using offline recovery images downloaded via a PC. In November 2015, a major system update known as the New Xbox One Experience was released, which brought very significant changes to the design and functionality of the system. The Windows 10-based Core had replaced the Windows 8-based one in this update, and the new system is sometimes referred to as "Windows 10 on Xbox One".

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