E3 doesn’t officially begin until next week (unless you own a time machine), but the announcements are already underway. With the first round of conferences scheduled for this weekend, I wanted to briefly share my thoughts on what my what I want out from each conference, what my dream E3 would like (no restrictions), and what I probably expect will happen; plus some stuff I threw in for fun
that will 100% happen.
Going in the order of the presentations:
Hopes: With EA having bought Respawn Entertainment and all but confirming the existence of Titanfall 3, I’m hoping this is the year they unveil the game. Titanfall 2 was one of favorite games of 2016, and I’m excited about the possibility of a sequel that builds on what worked well; a longer campaign would be nice too. Anthem looks nice, even if I’m not sold on it entirely.
Dreams: Don’t have a lot to say here. I would love it if they surprised us again with another original IP like they did with A Way Out last year.
Unpopular opinion coming: I think EA should hold off on any Star Wars content. Battlefront II burned a lot of gamers the wrong way leading up to its launch, so at the risk of burning what little remaining faith the fans have in the publisher, it is probably better they skip it this year. Maybe a teaser for a new game if they feel so obligated to.
Expectations: Sports, sports, sports, Battlefield, sports, Star Wars, sports, Anthem, sports. I’m expecting a lot of cringe moments will be pulled from this conference.
Hopes & Dreams: I’m just gonna roll this one into one category: New IP. C’mon Microsoft! Even if I never pick up an Xbox, there is always an opportunity for PC ports or more cross buy titles.
Maybe a new Killer Instinct while we are at it.
Expectations: Forza, Halo, Gears of War, an Indie reel, another segment devoted to Minecraft, Battle Royale esports (God help us all).
Hopes: Doom 2. Based on some recent statements made to Dualshockers, we could be seeing this game this weekend. Granted, this is all speculation and there is the possibility they were just teasing us, but the term “Hell on Earth” seems like more than a simple coincidence or slip of tongue.
Bethesda seems to have taken a shine to the Switch; and that’s great! Even if I’m not the target audience for their ports, making games available for a larger audience is always a plus.
Dreams: Another Wolfenstein would be cool, but I don’t see it happening with the last game releasing last year and rereleasing on the Switch later this month.
Personally, I would love to see at least one original title for the Switch (existing franchise or new), but I don’t see it happening.
Bethesdaland grand opening: 2019.
Fallout 76 will be an interesting one to watch even if the concept doesn’t sound up my alley. I’m not expecting Elder Scrolls VI, but do expect the franchise to make one appearance or cameo. Outside of Rage 2 and some form of DLC for Prey, I expect at least one mystery or new title to be either teased or unveiled.
Bethesda is pretty close guarded when it comes to its stuff, so not a whole lot I’m expecting coming in outside of what we already know.
Bethesdaland being bought out by Disneyland: 2019.
Hopes: Avengers! This may be closer to Dreams, but given we know that a game based on Marvel’s Avengers is under development by Eidos Montreal, and given we are just right off the heels of Infinity War, now would be a perfect opportunity to capitalize on that momentum.
Dreams: Deus Ex 3, if the team wasn’t working on Avengers and this year’s Tomb Raider. Maybe something from Yoko Taro or a remaster/port/rerelease of Nier or the Drakengard series.
Final Fantasy Tactics A3 for Switch! Maybe a release date on that first episode of the Final Fantasy VII remake?
Expectations: Final Fantasy XV DLC. Kingdom Hearts 3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I’m sure there is more I’m forgetting,
Monsters of the Deep: FFXV-2.
Hopes: Okay, I’m at the halfway point. Skull & Bones, you have my interests piqued. Beyond Good and Evil 2.... anything at all?
Dreams: Beyond Good and Evil 2 release date. While the thought of another collaboration project with Nintendo would be premature, I kind of want Ubisoft to take a crack at making a new original game for Switch. Given their history with Nintendo and their previous attempts with games like Red Steel, I’m curious to see what they could do with the hardware given the chance.
Expectations: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, The Crew 2, The Division 2, Skull & Bones, and some other stuff related to recently release titles, along with the obligatory Just Die segment. Maybe a new IP if we’re lucky.
Hopes: Sony is starting the party early, promising 5 announcements before their conference. We’ve already got Tetris Effect, a game I am super stoked about more than anything right now outside Nintendo and confirmation for the two Persona dancing games. As the four major games we know coming in, here is the order from most excited: Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man, Death Stranding, and The Last of Us Part II.
Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima has me the most excited given the setting and they created one of my favorite PS3 games (inFamous 2). Of the four, Spider-Man is the only game we have the most gameplay of and its release is not far off. As for the last two, we know very little on each. Both games are weaving more questions than answers from the previous trailers. I give Death Stranding higher excitement levels given Kojima’s previous work, but there is also a sense of madness with each update that I can’t help but be drawn in.
Dreams: Persona 3 and 4 Remake. Maybe save that one for the Tokyo Game Show.
Take a drink each time someone says “Battle Royale.”
Hopes: SUPERRR SMASHHHHHHHH BROTHERSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dreams: and Fire Emblem.
Expectations: A 45 minute presentation. Mario, Pokemon, Smash. Maybe Metroid Prime 4. Sadness when F-Zero gets passed over again.
I’d make a better joke, but I’ve been working on this for two hours now and I have something in mind for tomorrow before the show starts in full. Hoping my future articles don’t run this long. Out.