Gaming expo E3 is halfway through, and boy did day two deliver the treats. Among expected drops such as the new Tomb Raider trailer and a Just Cause 4 demo were a number of surprises that caught us totally off guard.

If you missed all the fun from the expo’s first couple days, check out our recap of all the major gaming news here. If not, join us below as we run through day three’s highlights.

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ has a new & improved Lara Croft

Lara Croft’s latest venture into the jungle looks as savage as ever, if the five-minute peek at Shadow of the Tomb Raider offered up by Square Enix during a pre-taped presentation is anything to go by.

The usual methods Lara deploys to take down her foes are still there — Molotov cocktails, crossbows, knives — but you will find some new traversal techniques, including grappling, wall-running, and 360-degree underwater swimming.

“This will be, I would say, the most difficult Tomb Raider of all the Tomb Raiders,” said game director Daniel Chayer-Bisson.That is important because this is a more experienced Lara. This is going to be bigger, it’s going to be harder.”

When is it out? September 14, 2018

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC

‘Bayonetta’ creator reveals new game ‘Babylon’s Fall’

A new game is coming our way from PlatinumGames, the creator of Bayonetta, Square Enix revealed, and it’s called Babylon’s Fall. While few details were offered, the trailer above displays a fantastical setting, with imagery hinting at potentially religious themes. It ends with two armored characters engaged in battle.

More details will be revealed this August.

When is it out? 2019

What can I play it on? PS4, PC

‘Just Cause 4’ shows off every one of its insane new features

Fans anticipating Just Cause 4 had plenty to sustain them at E3. The game features an upgraded version of Avalanche Studio’s open-world engine, which means in-game physics will be improved. Now players can expect extreme weather, such as volumetric clouds, tornadoes, blizzards, sandstorms, and lightning storms. Even a slight wind will change how you move around the game world; Rico will no longer just hang in the air, you’ll have to adjust for how his flight path is affected.

Rico’s hooks have been upgraded, too, as have his tethers — and there’s a new one. Now you have access to manipulatable balloons, which you can inflate on command or instruct to follow you or your crosshair.

When is it out? December 4, 2018

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC

‘Beyond Good & Evil 2’ surprises fans 15 years after the first

Ubisoft dropped a banging trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2, which looks set to link nicely with its predecessor. Featuring familiar faces such as Jade and Pey’j from the first game, the trailer centers around a ship that’s navigating the icy ring of a planet. While it’s not exactly clear how the two reoccurring characters will tie into the game narrative, we do know that the title is a prequel and takes place just after Jade’s birth.

When is it out? tbc

What can I play it on? tbc

‘The Division 2’ is heading for Washington D.C.

The sequel to Tom Clancy’s online-only shooter-RPG The Division will be set in Washington D.C.. Per The Verge‘s report, we know that unlike the first game, the post-launch roadmap will include three free expansions for all users. There are also new game elements, such as weaponry specializations — skills your character must unlock.

Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on how you got on — there is no direct link between the first installment and The Division 2, so your character and achievements will not carry over.

When is it out? March 15, 2019

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC

‘Skull & Bones’ shows piracy is never dead

A new offering from Ubisoft Singapore, Skull & Bones takes us into the world of piracy — how the pirates took on the British Empire and the chaos that ensued.

The game takes place in the Indian Ocean, and players are tasked with stealing “every last fucking coin,” according to Ubisoft Singapore creative director Justin Farren. Players consult with fortune tellers on sea conditions and looting opportunities, and can customize their ship or don disguises to creep into enemy territory by stealth.

When is it out? 2019

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC

Fox McCloud is back in ‘Starlink: Battle for Atlas’

If you’re planning to purchase Starlink: Battle for Atlas for the Nintendo Switch, then you’re in for a treat: Star Fox‘s Fox McCloud will be a playable character, exclusive to the console.

Set in the Atlas star system 400 lightyears from Earth, the game tasks players with exploring planets and fighting aliens using a variety of spacecraft and weapons.

When is it out? October 16, 2018

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

‘The Crew 2’ wants you to assemble a team and hit the streets, sea & sky

Themed around motorsports, The Crew 2 introduces powerboats, stunt planes, cars, and bikes into its coast-to-coast race across a reimagined U.S. map. The game is out in a couple of weeks, but if you can’t wait, an open beta will be available from June 21.

When is it out? June 29, 2018

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC

Here’s a first look at ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is taking players to ancient Greece, or more specifically 431 BC, where the likes of Socrates and Hippocrates are mingling among the masses. In the game, the Spartans and Athenians are going head to head and you’ll find yourself playing a mercenary in the middle of the chaos.

What’s more, you’re able to play as a male or female character. The choice is between Alexios or Kassandra. Their stories are identical, however, as are their playing modes, with only the models and voices changing.

When is it out? October 5, 2018

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC

‘The Last of Us Part II’ was the best trailer of the day

Almost certainly the best trailer from day two of E3 — perhaps from the entire con — The Last of Us Part II looks epic. The cinematic trailer shows Ellie and jumps timelines between a younger version of her at a dance with friends to her as a talented, stealthy fighter.

A single-player-focused narrative, the trailer depicts a similar vibe to the first game, which — given its popularity — will be welcome news. The vibe seems to be ramped up considerably in this sequel, though, and the animations, combat, and stealth mechanics all appear more intricate than in the first game.

When is it out? tbc

What can I play it on? PS4

‘Ghost of Tsushima’ looks like another excellent samurai action game

Among the more gory of trailers at E3, PlayStation 4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima looks set to be a combat-filled feast. Visually stunning, the game takes place during a Mongol invasion in feudal Japan, and our protagonist rides on horseback through the countryside before attacking guards with impressive sword skills.

The game is a new open-world adventure from Sucker Punch Productions, and marries action and stealth within beautiful animation.

When is it out? tbc

What can I play it on? PS4

‘Resident Evil 2’ returns with fantastic-looking remake

Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield are struggling to survive a zombie-infested Raccoon City in this all update of Capcom’s classic Resident Evil sequel. The updated take on the survival horror classic switches up fixed cameras in exchange for a third-person over-the-shoulder-view, offering a similar vibe to the newer Resident Evil games.

When is it out? January 25, 2019

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ takes to the high seas in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ trailer

Jack Sparrow returns in the new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 and he’s brought a bunch of Disney favorites with him.

The trailer above shows a mix of cut scenes and gameplay, taking us through several Disney worlds alongside the likes of Ratatouille’s Remy, Sora, Donald, Goofy, and characters from Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Tangled, and Frozen.

When is it out? January 29, 2019

What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One

‘Death Stranding’ is the most hyped/least known-about title at E3

You probably didn’t know you needed a game depicting The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus traversing landscapes in some sort of protective suit with a bunch of heavy shit on his back, but the trailer for Death Stranding suggests that maybe you do. Especially as the trailer quickly descends into madness (he’s stalked by an invisible monster with hands for feet, for example).

The insanity doesn’t come as a huge surprise when you consider the game’s director, Hideo Kojima, the Japanese eccentric behind the Metal Gear series. Léa Seydoux also stars.

When is it out? tbc

What can I play it on? PS4

‘Nioh 2’ is officially confirmed

There’s not much to chew on in this super-short trailer teasing the arrival of Nioh 2. Apart from a warrior defeated in battle, pulling horns out of his head, and transforming into a beast, of course.

As for more in-depth information, we’ll have to wait and see, but at least we know it’s definitely coming.

When is it out? tbc

What can I play it on? PS4

‘Spider-Man’ swings into combat against a nest-full of villains

Now we know exactly what to expect from Spider-Man‘s return to video games, thanks to Sony offer us a deep dive into the game during its presentation.

With a gallery of villains revealed, we now know that Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture will all escape a maximum-security prison in a sequence that will no doubt affect how the game plays out. Alongside these rogues, Spider-Man will feature acrobatics galore, plenty of combat, and fun web-slinging action.

When is it out? September 7, 2018

What can I play it on? PS4

Which game are you the most hyped for? Let us know in the comments.

If you missed it, here’s what went down on day one and two of E3 2018.

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