We liked what we saw at E3 of zombie survival sim State of Decay II. The sequel still involves levelling up a group of survivors, still has permadeath. It adds online co-op (also with permadeath) and hundreds more character traits. Can a guilt-motivated groundskeeper co-exist with a fight choreographer who snores? Out next spring on PC, Xbox One.
We played Shadow of War for 10 minutes at E3. The demo’s main event was a fortress siege (watch an archived E3 stream of one raid). Arkham-style combat returns, but you storm the gates with hand-picked Orc allies who unleash special attacks. Could be a gimmick. Could be deeply strategic. We’ll know on 10th October.
No wonder E3 seemed extra-crowded this year. It was extra-crowded! The ESA, which runs the event, just announced that 2017 E3 attendance was 68,400, including, for the first time, 15,000 members of the public. Up from the ESA’s count of 50,300 total attendance at E3 2016.