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The 12 Biggest Surprises Of E3 2018

2. Microsoft Buys Ninja Theory

Overall, Microsoft had a very good showing at this year’s E3 and one of their best announcements had nothing to do with new games, but a new game studio. Specifically, Microsoft announced that it had built one new internal studio and acquired four others, including Ninja Theory, the team behind such games as Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

It’s no secret that Microsoft has struggled to get Xbox exclusives out the door this generation and having a studio as talented as Ninja Theory under its belt will no doubt help alleviate this issue in the future. According to Ninja Theory, the studio joined Microsoft in order to “be free from the AAA machine” and to be able to take risks without the threat of financial ruin. The other studios acquired by Microsoft include Undead Labs (State of Decay 2), Playground Games (Forza Horizon), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few). Source:

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Has Every Smash Character

Nintendo’s E3 Direct was light on new game announcements but this was to be expected, as the company made no secret about the fact that the next Super Smash Bros. game would be the main focus of its E3 conference. As such, it was little surprise that Nintendo spent most of its hour long Direct talking about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, covering every conceivable detail big or small. While listing off all the changes made to the game’s 60+ characters was probably a bit tedious for everyone who isn’t a Smash Bros. pro, the big news was that every single character from previous Smash games would be included.

Yes, every character from the original, Melee, Brawl, and the Wii U/3DS iterations will be included, plus a few news such as Inkling Boy and Girl, Daisy, and Ridley from the Metroid series. We can’t even begin to fathom how Masahiro Sakurai and his team at Bandai Namco are going to balance that kind of roster, but this is very much looking like the “ultimate” Smash Bros. game and we only have to wait until December to get our hands on it.


Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

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