E3 2016 vs 2015: 20% drop in games from major publishers

Brodie Fogg 21 June 2016

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The numbers are in. E3 2016 had an overall 20% drop in games showcased and nearly half as many new IPs showcased by major publishers.

Numbers. Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't ignore them. We've compared the titles showcased by major publishers at last year's E3 against E3 2016 and have discovered some fascinating differences.

After recently discovering that 62% of last year's E3 showings were yet to be released, we thought it timely to grill the title list emerging from E3 2016 in a similar manner.

It goes without saying that this year's E3 had its ups and downs. Sony stayed strong in the public eye by bringing the goods to the show floor with Kojima Productions' suitably insane debut and not one but three Crash Bandicoot remasters, whereas Bethesda left viewers wanting more after a strong presence last year. So it comes as no surprise that Bethesda showed up with nearly half as many games this year as they did last year, and even less of a surprise that Sony was the only publisher match the amount of games shown on stage last year. 

E3 by the numbers: Our key takeaways

  • There was an overall 20% drop in games on stage at E3 2016 when compared to 2015
  • There were nearly half as many new IPs represented on stage in 2016 than there were in 2015
  • However, there were more new IPs revealed on stage this year. 4 in 2015 and 5 in 2016.
  • There were also more overall reveals this year than there were last year. 23 games were revealed for the first time in 2015 and 27 in 2016.
  • Sony was the only major publisher to match the amount of games shown on stage in 2016 with 14 in 2015 and 14 in 2016.
  • Bethesda fared the worst. It showcased the least games out of any major publisher and halved its showings from 2015.
  • EA also halved its showing this year. EA showcased 12 games in 2016 and only 6 in 2016.
  • 80% of games shown in 2016 were sequels, spin-offs or reboots. 

E3 2016: Games announced by major publishers

TitleKeynoteSeriesNew IP?AnnouncedPlatform
PreyBethesdaReboot
No
NewXbox One, PS4, PC
Quake: ChampionsBethesdaReboot
No
NewPC
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim RemasterBethesdaRemaster
No
NewXbox One, PS4, PC
Star Wars: Battlefront 2EASequel
No
NewXbox One, PS4, PC
Dead Rising 4MicrosoftSequel
No
NewXbox One, PC
Forza Horizon 3MicrosoftSequel
No
NewXbox One, PC
Gwent: The Witcher Card GameMicrosoftSpin-off
No
NewXbox One, PC
State of Decay 2MicrosoftSequel
No
NewXbox One, PC
Tekken 7MicrosoftSequel
No
NewPS4, Xbox One, PC
Ever OasisNintendoNew
Yes
New3DS
BoxBoy!NintendoSequel
No
New3DS
Mario Party: Star RushNintendoSequel
No
New3DS
Death StrandingPlayStationNew
Yes
NewPS4
Days GonePlayStationNew
Yes
NewPS4
FarpointPlayStationNew
Yes
NewPSVR
God of War 4PlayStationSequel
No
NewPS4
Final Fantasy XV VRPlayStationSequel
No
NewPSVR
Resident Evil VIIPlayStationSequel
No
NewPS4
Insomniac's SpidermanPlayStationReboot
No
NewPS4
Star Wars Battlefield X-Wing VR MissionsPlayStationSequel
No
NewPSVR
Batman Arkham VRPlayStationSpin-off
No
NewPSVR
Crash Bandicoot RemasterPlayStationRemaster
No
NewPS4
SteepUbisoftNew
Yes
NewXbox One, PS4, PC
Just Dance 2017UbisoftSequel
No
NewXbox One, PS4, PC
Star Trek: Bridge CrewUbisoftSpin-off
No
NewPlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
Grow UpUbisoftSequel
No
NewXbox One, PS4, PC
Trials of the Blood DragonUbisoftSpin-off
No
NewXbox One, PS4, PC
Dishonoured 2BethesdaSequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Titanfall 2EASequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Battlefield 1EASequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Mass Effect: AndromedaEASpin-off
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
FIFA 17EASequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Madden 17EASequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Sea of ThievesMicrosoftNew
Yes
PreviouslyXbox One, PC
RecoreMicrosoftNew
Yes
PreviouslyXbox One, PC
We Happy FewMicrosoftNew
Yes
PreviouslyXbox One, PC
Gears of War 4MicrosoftSequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PC
Final Fantasy XVMicrosoftSequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Halo Wars 2MicrosoftSequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PC
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendoSequel
No
PreviouslyWii U, NX
Pokemon: Sun and MoonNintendoSequel
No
Previously3DS
SeveredNintendoPort
No
PreviouslyWii U, 3DS
Axiom VergeNintendoPort
No
PreviouslyWii U
Jotun: Valhalla EditionNintendoPort
No
PreviouslyWii U
Runbow RocketNintendoSpin-off
No
Previously3DS
Pokémon GoNintendoSpin-off
No
PreviouslyiOS
Yokai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy SoulsNintendoSequel
No
Previously3DS
Monster Hunter: GenerationsNintendoSequel
No
Previously3DS
The Last GuardianPlayStationNew
Yes
PreviouslyPS4
Detroit: Become HumanPlayStationNew
Yes
PreviouslyPS4
Horizon: Zero DawnPlayStationNew
Yes
PreviouslyPS4
Call of Duty: Infinite WarfarePlayStationSequel
No
PreviouslyPS4, Xbox One, PC
Lego Star Wars 7PlayStationSequel
No
PreviouslyPS4
For HonorUbisoftNew
Yes
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Watch Dogs 2UbisoftSequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
South Park: Fractured But WholeUbisoftSequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC
Tom Clancy's Ghost Division: WildlandsUbisoftSequel
No
PreviouslyXbox One, PS4, PC

E3 2015: Games announced by major publishers

TitleKeynoteNew IP?Announced
Dishonored 2Bethesda
No
New
The Elder Scrolls: LegendsBethesda
No
New
Fallout ShelterBethesda
No
New
UnravelEA
Yes
New
Mass Effect AndromedaEA
No
New
Star Wars: Galaxy of HeroesEA
No
New
Re:CoreMicrosoft
Yes
New
Sea of ThievesMicrosoft
Yes
New
Gears of War 4Microsoft
No
New
Yo-Kai WatchNintendo
No
New
Maio & Luigi: Paper JamNintendo
No
New
Mario Tennis: Ultra SmashNintendo
No
New
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force HeroesNintendo
No
New
Metroid Prime Federation ForceNintendo
No
New
Animal Crossing: Amiibo FestivalNintendo
No
New
World of Final FantasySony
No
New
Final Fantasy VIIISony
No
New
Shenmue 3Sony
No
New
For HonorUbisoft
Yes
New
South Park: The Fractured But WholeUbisoft
No
New
Anno 2250Ubisoft
No
New
Trackmania TurboUbisoft
No
New
Ghost Recon WildlandsUbisoft
No
New
BattlecryBethesda
Yes
Previously
DoomBethesda
No
Previously
Dishonored: Definitive EditionBethesda
No
Previously
Fallout 4Bethesda
No
Previously
Need for SpeedEA
No
Previously
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen EmpireEA
No
Previously
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2EA
No
Previously
NHL 16EA
No
Previously
NBA Live 16EA
No
Previously
FIFA 16EA
No
Previously
Mirror's Edge CatalystEA
No
Previously
NFL 16EA
No
Previously
Star Wars BattlefrontEA
No
Previously
GiganticMicrosoft
Yes
Previously
TacomaMicrosoft
Yes
Previously
IonMicrosoft
Yes
Previously
AshenMicrosoft
Yes
Previously
CupheadMicrosoft
Yes
Previously
Halo 5: GuardiansMicrosoft
No
Previously
Forza Motorsport 6Microsoft
No
Previously
Rise of the Tomb RaiderMicrosoft
No
Previously
Fable LegendsMicrosoft
No
Previously
Gears of War: Ultimate EditionMicrosoft
No
Previously
Star Fox ZeroNintendo
No
Previously
Hyrule Warriors LegendsNintendo
No
Previously
Fire Emblem FatesNintendo
No
Previously
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE (Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem)Nintendo
No
Previously
Xenoblade Chronicles XNintendo
No
Previously
Animal Crossing: Happy Home DesignerNintendo
No
Previously
Yoshi's Wooly WorldNintendo
No
Previously
Super Mario MakerNintendo
No
Previously
The Last GuardianSony
Yes
Previously
No

Man's Sky

Sony
Yes
Previously
DreamsSony
Yes
Previously
Horizon: Zero DawnSony
Yes
Previously
FirewatchSony
Yes
Previously
RoninSony
Yes
Previously
Crossing SoulsSony
Yes
Previously
Mother Russia BleedsSony
Yes
Previously
EitrSony
Yes
Previously
Street Fighter VSony
No
Previously
Uncharted 4: A Thief's EndSony
No
Previously
The DivisionUbisoft
Yes
Previously
The Crew: Wild RunUbisoft
No
Previously
Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MaxUbisoft
No
Previously
Just Dance 2016Ubisoft
No
Previously
Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft
No
Previously
Assassin's Creed SyndicateUbisoft
No
Previously

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