E3 2008 – Day One – Emergence Day

Today marks history, the beginning of E3 Media and Business Summit. It is also the beginning of a day filled with many press conferences that we will be covering throughout its entirety. We approached things a little different yesterday but we’re going to be tweaking our coverage so we can put all the juicy annoucements into individual articles first (and editing them as we go throughout the day, so it pays to check back on the same article for new content) before we deliver the whopping grand synopsis of the press conference.

So let’s see what’s on the lineup today:

Nintendo Press Conference (9:00 AM PST)
Our new and eager, Wii/DS editor Sarah will be posting a special N3 newswire regarding all the details and announcements made at this year’s Nintendo Press Conference. Following that will be individual news articles to detail each announcement further. And if you haven’t been keeping up with the previews, I’d suggest you take a refresher and look through the Wii/DS categories for her previews and thoughts leading up to the conference.

Sony Press Conference (11:30 AM PST)
There and back again, Jonathan (MegaClank), the PS3/PSP editor will be providing a liveblog of the press conference. Individual articles will be going up in VGS fashion, giving details to big announcements as well as spotlighting games that were featured in the conference.

Ubisoft Press Conference (2:30 PM PST)

Ubisoft is coming out the wetworks this year and the bar is raised high for the company to deliver the fall lineup. So expect to see official release dates for several of your favorite titles including Prince of Persia Prodigy, Far Cry 2, and Tom Clancy’s HAWX and EndWar.

However, also expect demonstrations of upcoming titles and maybe announcements on upcoming titles coming for 2009 as we are still awaiting the fate on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction.

Capcom Press Conference (4:30 PM PST)

Capcom stunned the Microsoft Press Conference yesterday by giving the first worldwide public demonstration of their upcoming action-horror shooter, Resident Evil 5 even through the demo was cut short due to timing. Expect to see more details about the new online co-op play and Chris’s new partner Sheva.

Aside from Resident Evil 5, Capcom is in a revivalist mood of sorts having recently announced that MegaMan 9 will be coming to not only WiiWare but also to the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Network, hopefully we will get an announcement of its release date as well as pricing points.

Capcom has a ton of games in their lineup and we are hoping for solid gameplay trailers and demonstrations on titles such as Street Fighter IV, Bionic Commando, Dark Void, and Age of Booty. And learn more about the new secret project, codenamed “Flock.”

Activision Press Conference (7:00 PM PST)

Activision or now called Activision Blizzard (or ActiBlizz) will be touting their newfound partership made official just last week ago. And out of that forged partnership brings Activision Blizzard to new heights as they fight with Electronic Arts (EA) to remain the #1 third-party publishing company in the industry today.

Regardless, Activision Blizzard revealed Wolfenstein, which is sure to have gamers reeling of a return to their roots by seeing an old classic come back in next-generation style graphics. Hopeful of a live demonstration and release date details to follow up.

Activision Blizzard’s lineup will include blockbuster titles such as Treyarch’s upcoming Bond shooter Quantum of Solace and World War II shooter Call of Duty: World at War, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

And while there’s not going to be a new Tony Hawk game coming to stores this year, we are expecting a new look and redesign overhaul for the next iteration in order to compete with rival EA’s Skate.

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