We’re already into June, which can only mean two things: we’ve already got a chance to see Godzilla (and it’s awesome), and E3 — or the Electronic Entertainment Expo — is almost upon us.
Every year, E3 is a chance for us to take a glimpse into what is to come in the video game world, and this year is no different. Running from June 10-12 this year, there are tons of new games to look forward to, so we’ve decided to poll some of the Max Level staff and find out what they are most excited for — and what they’re hoping will not happen at E3 2014.
Well, E3 is only a week off, and we are sure to see some great announcement for the upcoming years. Despite Nintendo having no press conference this year, I do believe there will be some major news out of their camp via their “Nintendo Direct” digital event they have planned. I am hoping to see a new price cut, and maybe some games to persuade others to purchase the Wii U. I am excited to see how the new Zelda will fare. Would it stand par with the tech demo they released a couple years ago? Let’s see a Pokemon for the Wii U.
For Microsoft, I am hoping to see more Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Halo 5 Guardians and Master Chief Collection, and more exciting exclusives coming to the Xbox One. Hopefully Kinect takes a backseat this conference, and let’s focus on the games. I am sure we will see more media aspects/partnerships announced for the Xbox One. Also, I hope some free-to-play titles are announced for the Xbox One such as Warframe, World of Tanks, and etc.
On Sony’s side of things, I’m definitely excited to see some Uncharted 4 footage and to see where Nathan Drake latest adventures will be taking him to. Let’s see some exclusives such as H1N1, The Order 1886, DriveClub, The Last of Us 2 (one can hope), and bring back some exclusives that we have not seen for a while such as SYPHON FILTER. Also PlayStation needs to deliver on the features that were promised, and hopefully they have an update announcement for these features such as media servers, playing your own music, suspend and play mode, etc. Hopefully the conference focuses more on the booming PlayStation 4 then other platforms because this can create some hype for prospective consumers.
Last but not least, I am expecting third party games to deliver this year from Ubisoft titles such as The Division, Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, and whatever else they have up their sleeves. EA will be right behind them with a new Battlefield: Hardline, Star Wars Battlefront game, FIFA, Madden, Amy Hennig’s Star Wars game, and many other games. Hopefully 2K and Rockstar announces GTA V for new-gen consoles and PC, and cannot wait to see more Evolved. We will definitely see some more Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and I am excited for some Destiny (beta announcement soon?)
Now this may sound far fetched, but I think that Nintendo may give the Wii U the Gamboy treatment. I think they may release a new version if the Wii U with the same innards. Much like a Xbox Slim. If they don’t do a visual redesign, I think that they will at least drop the game pad.
I think Microsoft is going to come with some heat this year. They have gotten a lot of big news out of the way before the conference so E3 is going to be crazy. I am going to stick with the far out predictions and say that Rare will be announcing a game that is not heavily based around the Kinect.
My last prediction is more of a wish. I am hoping to see Rainbow 6: Patriots. If it does show it’s face at E3, I think that either Microsoft or Sony will be fighting to have this on their stage.
I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing some more details of the upcoming Halo game, Guardians, as well as the Master Chief Collection that Microsoft has announced. What I’m more interested in seeing from Microsoft is updates with it’s Indie scene, as that’s something that has been severely lacking so far from the Xbox One.
On Sony’s side of the conference, I would like to see some more information on Uncharted 4, especially after the recent shake ups over at Naughty Dog. There are rumors that a new God of War is planned on being shown, but that’s such a long shot, that I can’t expect to see one there. However, as is every year, I will hold out hope that a new Syphon Filter will be showcased, and will continue to do so every year.
We already know that Nintendo is going to hold an all digital event this year, deciding to skip out on E3 again, but I can’t envision anything different coming from the company; expect some news on the first party games they have coming out (Yarn Yoshi, Shin Megami x Fire Emblem, Sonic Boom, etc.), news on Bayonetta 2, and of course, a new Legend of Zelda. We also know that Miyamoto is currently working on a brand new, untitled franchise, so hopefully we’ll see some information regarding that.
Lastly, I am most excited to see what Ubisoft brings to the table at this years E3. We already know that Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Far Cry 4 will most likely be shown a bit more in depth. With the rumor mills swirling, I can’t help but thinking that perhaps we’ll see a sequel to Mirror’s Edge as well as some news regarding it’s Tom Clancy series of games. Other then that, expect news regarding Valiant Hearts: The Great War, The Division, and some other games Ubisoft has already announced.
Sony is going to try to take advantage of the whole Facebook acquiring the Oculus Rift debacle, that left a significant amount of consumers and developers upset — by pushing Project Morpheus. We’re going to see a few demos showcasing the capabilities of the VR (virtual reality) headset, and hopefully we will get a price point.
With all the speculating and worrying about what condition Sony’s staple studio, Naughty Dog is currently in — I expect a demo with actual game play of the new Uncharted game, that the prestigious studio was working on before all of the departures hit the studio; to put their consumers’ minds at ease.
Microsoft is going to be doing the same old trick they do every year: showing off multi- platform games, treating the various titles like their exclusives. The company is going to make sure to show off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, to enamor everyone watching their press conference.
Expect Halo 5: Guardians to make an appearance, with more details on this “journey” that 343 is going to take us on.
I’ll start off by saying that if I don’t see anything about a The Last of Us sequel, I will punch a small child. Repeatedly.
I’m almost certain Naughty Dog is going to show us some Uncharted goodies. It would be good for their PR if they came with a tech demo because lord knows they’ve been in some iffy spotlight as of late. And, just like Nash, I’m hoping and praying for a new Siphon Filter. Or any game that will allow me to set fire to someone via taser. Sony will be pushing Morpheus on us of course, and I think all of our bodies are collectively ready.
Part of me wants to say “show me Fallout 4” while another part wants to slap myself in the face. We know it’s coming, so I’ll let them work out when they want to announce it to us. As long as I see it by the time I’m 30, I’ll be okay. Bethesda does have BattleCry studios out in Austin working on the recently announced f2p BattleCry, so I’m hoping we’ll at least hear something more on that front.
Ubisoft will most likely be bringing a lot to the table, and I’m definitely banking on them showing us some Far Cry 4 goodies. And remember that Mirror’s Edge 2 craziness we saw last year? I hope it resurfaces. As for EA, I’m praying to the gaming gods that we’ll see at least something on the cops-and-robbers-themed Battlefield. I mean, it’s all I dreamed about as a child. I also think it would be appropriate to show us innovative ways to kill our sims in Sims 4.
I know Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is one that people are either excited for or they wish they could banish the franchise to the depths of hell. I’m actually a litte excited for the energy that Sledgehammer is bringing to the table, and my in my latest talk with Troy Baker, he assures us that we’re going to really, really love it.
As far as Microsoft is concerned, I’d love to see them reach their full potential this year. The Xbox One is finally getting some recognition, so I’m hoping we’ll see some great announcements on that front. We’ll definitely see some of the multi-platform games I mentioned, but I’m interested in seeing where Halo 5 will take us. And if there’s a GOW announcements, I’ll pee my pants on the spot. I’m also dying to hear more on Homefront 2. Am I the only one who moderately enjoyed the first?
Nintendo wise, I don’t care. I like to stay blinded to their faults by my over-reaching childhood nostalgia. Ocarina of Time, anyone?
Of course, all of E3 will have been in vain if I don’t get a good look at The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Remember me talking about punching tiny humans? That will happen again.