E3's most exciting esports titles
On its surface, E3 doesn't have much to do with esports. At the biggest games show in the world, the industry's largest publishers come together to push their best cross-marketing adages to convince everyday gamers that they absolutely need another Ghost Recon game.
When corporations are given the choice between cultivating a hardcore following into a legitimate form of competition or inviting Drake to give a speech, they make the obvious choice.
But Esports are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the industry. And that means the bigwigs at E3 are starting to chase the money. This year, we’ve seen a handful of new and established properties inch their way closer to the League of Legends, Hearthstones, and Dota 2s of the world. And some of them look very exciting.
For HonorThere aren’t a lot of competitive video games with an emphasis on swordfighting. You either have your twitchy, half-a-second-and-you’re-dead first-person shooters, or your usual lane-based brawler like League of Legends or Dota. This makes sense: the advantages, bluffs, and positioning of a sword fight don't translate to the immediacy of a controller or a keyboard. It’s best to let players duke it out in three buttons or less.
That’s why For Honor is so exciting. The game was surprise-announced at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, and it puts a special emphasis on parries and dodges and everything else that makes swordfighting so alluring. All of that action is assigned to the right stick, which lets you decide which angle you want to attack or defend from. When you enter combat you’re entering a duel, which deliberately slows the action down and snuffs out the cheese.
The mode shown off at the Expo is classic three-control-point domination. For Honor also includes minions/creeps/NPCs/redshirts for you to combo off of. There’s been no mention of a leveling up or item system, so it’s hard to compare the gameplay to a full-on MOBA. What we can say is the idea of honest-to-god swordfighting entering the esports fray gets me really excited. Let’s hope For Honor hits.