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Aidan Bates – CO-OP Games @E3

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E3 has a lot riding on the quality of its games and the fan’s love for the series they show off, but in recent years we’ve had massive showcases that have completely annihilated the previous ones. Trying to continue the hype that was FF7 Remake and Shenmue 3, E3 better bring out the big guns this year…

That is what I would be writing if this was an article before the event, but now it has ended we can all say it was majorly a disappointment. Thankfully, this year at E3 we were treated to plenty of games that gave us what we wanted as social animals, cooperative play. Besides the multiplayer of Battlefront or CoD, players always want a game they can chill out with a buddy. This article will be a roundup of all Co-Op games showcased at E3 2017. Grab a controller, grab a friend and grab a game!

Destiny 2

  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: 8th September 2017
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 player teams, exploring the world and completing missions/raids.
  • Predicted Score: 7/10

The original Destiny was met with harsh criticisms and a divided player base. Advertised as a game that would last for several years, it died out too quickly and has reached a point where a sequel was all it could be saved by. It now stands that Destiny 2 might also be met in the same way, with gameplay looking horribly similar and graphics taking only 1 step forward.

If you’re a fan of MMOs then you should enjoy Destiny 2, but only if you also like shooters and repetitive gameplay and grinding. One of the best things going for this new release is its release on PC in 4K, but even then it is providing for a demand that was asked of the first Destiny years prior. My hopes for Destiny 2 are rather low, but hopefully, the developers have fixed the issues of the first game and improved immensely on its design.

Monster Hunter World

  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, (PC TBC)
  • Release Date: Early 2018
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 player teams, completing missions.
  • Predicted Score: 8/10

Long-time fans of the Monster Hunter series have been crying out for a true console release for years, and their prayers have finally been answered. With the announcement of Monster Hunter World at E3, we now have confirmation of their next release, that isn’t on the Switch. Overhauling the series and its mechanics, this new release looks smoother, more beautiful and possibly much bigger. There also seemed to be a lack of map transitions, removing many of the loading screens found in previous games.

What is great, is that the trailer also shows off a single player approach, with more focus on stealth. Improving the single player aspects is a great approach, and hopefully, these blend into co-op play as well. Co-op is now drop-in, with the addition of flares to call in allies, seemingly replacing the normal lobby/group up systems.

Strange Brigade

  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: TBC
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 player teams, completing levels.
  • Predicted Score: 6/10

Coming out of nowhere, with no real precursor series, Strange Brigade hit E3 with a rather dull thud. From the creators of Sniper Elite, Strange Brigade follows up to 4 players landing in an unknown world of the undead, mystical monsters and giants. The game looks like a weird combination of Call of Duty Zombies and Sniper Elite. Right now it looks rather rough and lacking a release date it is safe to say it is very early in its development stage.

Strange Brigade will have to rely on its comedy and character to pull it through, with styles brought back from the Black and White TV days of adventure. With plenty of 4-player shooters and level-based games, Strange Brigade has quite a bit of competition. Though it does take a few ideas from other games, worst of all being the bullet sponge enemies.

Deep Space Galactic

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: Early 2018
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 player teams, completing levels.
  • Predicted Score: 5/10

Another game early in its development, Deep Rock Galactic has been in Early Access on Steam for a while now. Following up to 4 dwarves as they land in caves with the sole purpose of mining all of its valuable resources. Through the cave systems, you will mine out rock, minerals and gold, all the while having to fight against hordes of monsters who live underground.

Featuring different classes, fully destructible environments, procedurally generated levels and choice of tools, Galactic offers quite a lot for an early access game. This game has quite a ways to go before reaching the quality of finished games, however, with a rather garish graphic style and repetitive gameplay. Hopefully, it innovates on the 4-player shooter genre enough to stand out amongst the crowd.

State of Decay 2

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: Spring 2018
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 players, free-roam play.
  • Predicted Score: 9/10 – Aidan’s 2nd Most Anticipated Co-Op Game

Following on from the game that got me into Journalism, State of Decay 2 looks like the first game with Cooperative play added into it… which is all good in my book. You will be controlling a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse, finding what little remains of humanity in the world. Once you’ve got your band of survivors you will have to find a base of operations, improve that base and secure supplies.

While not much has been shown of this game as of yet, what has been shown looks enjoyable. From base building to exploration, SoD2 looks to take the throne of Zombie Base Building. Enhancing the character development, through skills and choices, SoD2 emphasises that every member of your group is important and must be maintained.


  • Platforms: Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: 29th September 2017
  • Co-Op: 2-player co-op
  • Predicted Score: 8/10

Starting its development all the way back in 2010, Cuphead has had a long ride towards this E3 with its long-awaited release date. Featuring art and animation styles from the 1930s, with the likes of old Mickey Mouse cartoons, Cuphead is one of the most unique looking games in quite some time. This 2D run and gun platformer has been on plenty of gamers radars for a while, all awaiting their chance to pay back the devil.

Expecting to have extended expansion packs, adding in more bosses and levels, Cuphead seems to be approaching their series in the same style of the old Sonic games. Cute visuals, beautiful animations and explosive gameplay all wrap this game up in a nostalgic and safety blanket for gamers to enjoy. Hopefully these last months of development will help to polish the game before its release.

Crackdown 3

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: 7th November 2017
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 players, free-roam play. (Possible PvP)
  • Predicted Score: 7/10

Now here is a game that is often remembered with fond memories, though going back to Crackdown shows how archaic it is. Finally getting a release date, Crackdown 3 boasts a bigger map, world, gameplay, weapons and more. With a trailer and gameplay shown off at E3, players found that appetite for city destruction once more. While there wasn’t much talk on the Co-Op nature of Crackdown 3, the trailer and gameplay do show it off.

Some of the major concerns with this reveal, however, was on the graphics and environmental destruction promised some years back. The graphics seem to have fallen behind in terms of style and quality, while never meaning to be realistic they do seem rather dull at times. The destruction of the environment also seems to have been locked away to online play, allowing the cloud to simulate it instead of your console. We shall see if any of these make it to the release, but fans are still eager either way.

Unruly Heroes

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC.
  • Release Date: Early 2018
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 players, complete levels. (Optional PvP)
  • Predicted Score: 7/10

Shown in a style, not unlike Trine, Unruly Heroes follows up to 4 players as they travel through a world inspired by A Journey to the West. Comprising of both platforming and fighting segments, Unruly Heroes showcased some bright gameplay in their debut showcase. With its fresh style and inviting gameplay, Unruly Heroes should gather some more interest as it gets closer to their eventual release.


  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC.
  • Release Date: Fall 2018
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 players, shared world
  • Predicted Score: 7/10

After the whole debacle with Mass Effect: Andromeda we thought Bioware might go dark for a while, but this game that was announced a few years back has finally made its face known. Anthem, or Destiny: Iron Man Edition, is an open world ARPG, allowing players to form teams up to 4 players to take on the world and its dungeons. Each player has their own customisable Exosuit called a Javelin, which was shown off on full display in their gameplay reveal.

Free movement in a massive map is what caused so many jaws to drop at this showcase, but they were quickly picked back up as the showcase continued. Average gunplay, attacks taken straight out of Iron Man, and a goddamn looting system. I was rather excited for this game as the gameplay started, with some good facial animations alongside a beautiful world, but it all fell apart as story beats from Destiny reared their heads.

A Way Out

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC.
  • Release Date: Early 2018
  • Co-Op: 2-player Co-Op Only.
  • Predicted Score: 8/10

Now here is an interesting one, from the developers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, a game all about 2 men escaping prison. With a sole idea of Co-Op, we should expect quite a bit of mechanics devoted to playing with each other rather than around each other. It does force Split-Screen which is both a bad and good thing, as players will have varying opinions on that style of play. After breaking out of prison the players must continue running from the law to survive.

Since the two characters don’t really have a defined role, the players are the ones who get to decide that they do, who is the distraction, who is the sneaky one and who is the smart one. Being one of the only games to solely focus on Co-Op gives this game quite a lot of hype to live up to, as well as demands from gamers and their expectations for the final release.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

  • Platforms: Switch
  • Release Date: 29th August 2017
  • Co-Op: 2-player local Co-Op.
  • Predicted Score: 7/10

Rabbids always seem to pop up in games we never asked for, normally ending up as a release that gets forgotten by time. It’s no surprise they wormed they way into Mario’s game with this announcement trailer for a turn-based, tactical RPG. Another great way to increase the roster is to slap iconic costumes on these creatures, making up 8 playable characters.

Let’s help Mario, Luigi, Peace and Yoshi restore the Kingdom to its rightful self after this vortex has forced the Rabbids upon the land.

Bravo Team (VR)

  • Platforms: PlayStation VR
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Co-Op: 2-player Co-Op
  • Predicted Score: 6/10

If you remember the Arcade classics of Time Crisis, then this game will look like a gritty reboot. While your character is on an escort mission your client is assassinated, the president is now dead, great job. After you fail your duty it is now time to survive as the country tears itself apart, thankfully you have a team, the Bravo team.

Allowing for an online friend to join you, you will be forced to shoot your way through levels of firefights and cover shooting. The game doesn’t look like much, but it tries to push VR gaming to the levels of console gaming, we have to start somewhere.


  • Platforms: Switch
  • Release Date: 2018
  • Co-Op: Up to 4 player Co-Op.
  • Predicted Score: 8/10

Against all the grittiness, sequels and combo games of E3, Kirby took the stage in his cutesy form without the need for combinations of characters or changes in design… He still steals Link’s sword though. This 2D platformer has Kirby travel the lands in a Mario World style way, sucking up elements to bypass obstacles and defeat enemies. You will also be able to turn enemies into allies, to be controlled by the computer or friends.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC.
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Co-Op: Possible 2-Player Co-Op Campaign.
  • Predicted Score: 9/10 – Aidan’s Most Anticipated Co-Op Game

The developers of Bannerlord have been tip-toeing around the discussion of Co-Op for years now, always saying they were testing things. With overwhelmingly positive reviews of their Warband game, Bannerlord has a huge following of fans awaiting its release date and news. At E3 they showed off 2 more videos and on-floor demos for the press to play through, showing that development was going well.

While the option for Co-Op has been asked by fans for years, the mechanic itself would lead to Bannerlord changing drastically to implement it. They have talked about forcing the Co-Op partner to stick with the main player in their band, but that is totally fine with many gamers. We will just have to wait until confirmation is dropped, but either way, the game should turn out great.

The Sword of Ditto

  • Platforms: PS4, PC.
  • Release Date:  Early 2018
  • Co-Op: 2-Player local Co-Op Campaign.
  • Predicted Score: 8/10

This was a cute little game that, again, came out of nowhere for me. A compact RPG that carries the stories and deeds of past heroes as you make new characters for new adventures. Seemingly combining the Rogue-Lite nature of Rogue Legacy with a Zelda-esque world. You can play the whole game alone or get a friend to join in local co-op.


  • Platforms: Switch.
  • Release Date:  2018
  • Co-Op: 2-Player Co-Op Campaign.
  • Predicted Score: 8/10

In a weird fusion of classic Mario and LittleBigPlanet, Yoshi for the Switch looks to be a cute reimagining for the old Yoshi games. Traversing a 2.5D world, collecting coins, eggs and solving puzzles to move on. On your own for with another Yoshi friend to follow alongside you. Cute, cuddly and aimed at casual gamers, this Nintendo classic should fit snuggly on anyone’s Switch.

Sonic Mania

  • Platforms: Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC.
  • Release Date:  15th August 2017
  • Co-Op: 2-Player Co-Op levels.
  • Predicted Score: 8/10

Ending off our list with another game that looks to bring the old classics back into the limelight, another rehash of Sonic! This time in the form of Sonic Mania, which remakes the classic Sega Genesis games for home consoles and PC. Like the original games you can play in 2-player co-op, one person controlling the main character and another controlling one of the others, from Sonic, Tails and Knuckles.

This side-scrolling adventure will be sure to warm the hearts of old fans, as well as appealing to a younger audience with its bright colours and playful gameplay. On the flip side, this can also be seen as a lazy way of reviving the series after a plethora of bad games in recent years. Although we can hardly argue if the game turns out as good as it looks.

Games that toe the line of Co-Op and Multiplayer

  • Sea of Thieves
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet
  • Fable Fortune
  • Skull and Bones
  • Absolver
  • Arms
  • Steep
  • The Crew 2
  • The Darwin Project

Possibly Co-Op games

Without proper showcase of Co-Op or little mention about their Co-Op mechanics, but with a hint that they might contain Co-Op.

  • Code Vein

Honourable mentions

Games that either showed too little at E3 or what they did show was just a repeat. These games might also have been in Early Access prior to E3.

  • Osiris New Dawn
  • Riverbond
  • Ashen
  • Metal Gear Survive
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Computer Games Design Graduate from Staffordshire University with Animation and Motion Capture as my main subject. I am a neutralist both in world views and people, everyone and everything is equal. If sexism comes up in a game I will weigh it based on the themes at play and the story implications it has. Not afraid to give harsh criticism. Graphics and technology don't make the game, it's the gameplay that makes the game. Favourite Genres: RPG, Adventure, Action. Favourite Games: Joint 1. Final Fantasy VII (PS1) Joint 1. Jade Cocoon (PS1) 3. Persona 3 (PS2) 4. Tales Of Vesperia (X360) 5. Dragons Dogma (X360)

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