As the parent company of publishing labels 2K Games, 2K Sports, and Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. utilizes E3 as a platform to spotlight its biggest and brightest new games.
Leading the pack this year is Battleborn, a brand new game from 2K Games and Borderlands creator Gearbox Software.
"We're very excited about our company's lineup for fiscal year 2016 and we will continue to execute our proven strategy of launching a select array of the highest-quality titles," said Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO at Take-Two.
Battleborn is an action game that features a group of unlikely allies fighting for the fate of the universe. The game blends first-person combat with gameplay elements from the popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre. Zelnick said Battleborn is a groundbreaking new intellectual property.
It features a cooperative campaign mode as well as multiplayer skirmishes and is slated to release this winter on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
"Attendees will be able to see Battleborn for the first time, which will be at our booth in a very big way," Zelnick said. "Every year since 2007 we've successfully launched one new hit intellectual property and this fiscal year we expect it will be Battleborn."
For the rest of its E3 lineup, Take-Two Interactive is showcasing proven franchises, and 2K Games' announcement of XCOM 2 has fans excited for a return trip to that science-fiction universe. Released in 2012, XCOM: Enemy Unknown rebooted the beloved tactical strategy series with huge success, netting the game rave reviews--as well as "Game of the Year" awards from several publications.
Firaxis Games is developing the sequel, which is set 20 years following the events of Enemy Unknown. Aliens won the previous showdown and now rule the Earth, but the secret, titular paramilitary organization must regroup and defeat the occupied forces for the future of mankind. XCOM 2 is in development currently for PC and no release date has been announced.
From Firaxis and 2K Games is Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth -- Rising Tide, an expansion pack to last year's sci-fi spinoff from the hit Civilization strategic franchise. Rising Tide promises to add new gameplay elements to the PC game when it releases this fall, and Zelnick called the pack "a thrilling, in-depth expansion."
2K Sports' reliable duo of annual licensed franchises also returns this year, with NBA 2K16 and WWE 2K16. NBA 2K16 continues the award-winning basketball simulation series and the latest entry is due September 29 for PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Meanwhile, WWE 2K16 extends the popular professional wrestling series and will be released October 27.
With five significant releases being shown by Take-Two this year, E3 remains a key part of the company's annual plans, providing a prime chance to show its anticipated games to attendees and the world.
"E3 is an important opportunity for our industry and company to illustrate how interactive entertainment is today's most compelling and successful art form," Zelnick said. "In fact, we're the only growth industry in all of entertainment. Global companies and media in attendance is a great way to highlight our industry's innovation and creative excellence."