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70% of games announced at E3 2016 are already released

Every summer, the biggest video game developers, publishers, and console manufacturers converge on Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Keenly-anticipated new games shown off here include a new installment of "Assassin's Creed" from France-based Ubisoft, meant to reboot the long-running franchise by taking players back to the "origins" of the storyline in ancient Egypt. Sony's formidable game lineup has often been the highlight of E3 shows.

The number of games shown and not released dropped from 38.5% to 30% as well, also an improvement.

Creating awesome games never has been a problem for Nintendo, and it probably never will. A new Assassin's Creed will be shown off, but we probably won't get any word on Beyond Good & Evil 2. But for the show's signature players - Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony - there are bigger things to resolve than what games they have coming down the pike.

Nintendo has been cagey with announcements at E3 over the last few years, reserving its biggest news for Nintendo Direct streams.

The annual gaming conference runs from June 13-15, but news from the event will start emerging earlier as companies hold their press conferences around the event.

Watch out for Microsoft's key note on Sunday, June 11, at 2 pm PDT (aka 2:30 am IST on June 12). All of these events will be viewable online by a global audience of fans, pundits, and observers, so E3's biggest secrets will likely be revealed to the world and judgments rendered on which companies fared best and worst before the doors even open.

While the Xbox One S is yet to be made available officially in India, missing its purported April release window, it stands to reason that this would impact prices of the console as it is readily available via independent retailers. Microsoft first announced the console at E3 previous year and says it is going to be the most powerful console ever.

But Switch launched alongside "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, and was quickly followed by the latest entry in the popular "Mario Kart" series. This was done to make sure the game was a higher quality and a much more polished experience, leaving 2016 as the first year without any kind of Halo title of any kind since 2008.

Attendees expect much of the attention to fall on two game consoles.

The launch of commercial virtual reality headsets by the likes of Sony, Oculus and HTC have not heralded the gaming revolution some industry experts predicted.



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