Saturday, 11 June 2016

E3 2016 Predictions!

Last year's E3 shaped up to be a very exciting one, Bethesda's conference in particular, where we were treated to lots of new stuff, including the epic Fallout 4 "out this year" reveal. So naturally, we're very excited for what this year has to offer from all of the conferences, as I imagine that everyone took note from Bethesda last year.

Below is our predictions for things we think we'll see in specific conferences, and then stuff we think will happen, but can't narrow down to which one we'll see it in.


EA

EA are a strange one. Being a company well known for their sports games, there is no doubt about it that sports titles will outnumber their other stuff. Titanfall 2 will also dominate their conference, as well as Mass Effect: Andromeda (which will expectedly steal the show if they do decide to give us what we want!).

Allan also thinks that another indie title is likely to be shown, especially after the success of the beautiful Unravel, which was revealed at last year's E3, and was released just a few months ago.

Two Star Wars games are currently in development at EA. Could one possibly be the successor of the cancelled 1313? We think it will be very likely for it to be what 1313 was going to be, but probably with a new name. 

Bethesda

Rumours have been flying regarding Skyrim possibly getting a remaster. It has now shown up on Base.com, with a release date of 23rd November, and the title Skyrim Definitive Edition. Obviously this doesn't necessarily mean it's real. It could have been added afterwards, however it does seem likely that a remaster is something they'd be working on, and we did feel that it was to be something they'd announce at some point soon (even though we would prefer something else).

Also surfacing were rumours of Quake, however we believe that it is more possible that they've been working on a new Wolfenstein, especially given how good The New Order was.

A follow-up to The Evil Within is also hopefully going to be shown, as it was fantastic, and such a hit for them that a sequel is bound to happen.

Prey 2, despite being officially cancelled back in 2014, could also make a re-appearance. Fans have been clamouring for it for quite some time, and with various rumours and possible outings surfacing all over in the past year, now seems as good a time as any for Bethesda to finally re-announce it - especially if it were to be dropped this year a la their Fallout 4 reveal last year.

And lastly, despite the floating rumours of a follow up to Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls VI, we don't see this happening anytime soon. Another year or two away, at least, for an announcement. Bethesda are still supporting Fallout 4 with DLC and mods, and with all of our predictions above, there is just no way on Earth that they'd have been able to have been working on this, as well as some of our other ideas.

Microsoft

Gears 4 will be shown in great detail, probably headlining the whole Microsoft conference, along with Halo Wars 2, naturally.

Crackdown 3 will hopefully get a good deal of show-time too, along with a release date.

Rare will also show off Sea of Thieves, hopefully giving us its release date.  We really loved the look of it, and being huge fans of Rare, we are desperate to get our hands on this.

Allan suggested the new game from the creators of Limbo, Inside. So hopefully we will see that.

We think that Scalebound will also get its release date, rumoured to be 31st March 2017. New gameplay footage, also. We were so excited by this game, so for it to be pushed back is a little annoying, but if it makes it a better game in the long run, and if they keep our interest by showing it off at E3, then that will satisfy us for now!

ReCore will also hopefully be shown a lot, and we expect that it will get a release date of sometime later this year (as 2016 was the window they were aiming for initially).

Dead Rising 4 will hopefully also be shown. With talk of it being a remake of the first, but no official announcements yet, our thoughts on it are, if it's a remake we'll be happy. But, we probably would be happier with another installment altogether. The 4, which seems confusing if it's a remake, could allude to 4 player co-op (think Left 4 Dead), which is also something we wouldn't mind seeing.

And for the love of God will you give us Cuphead, finally!?

Ubisoft

With no Assassin's Creed game this year, Ubisoft have lost their usual predictions from us. Obviously they will be showing Watch Dogs 2, after it's recent leak then announcement.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands will also get some footage and promotion, and we also have a feeling that we may see another Rayman (and AJ will certainly be over the moon if that's the case).

For Honor will also undoubtedly be shown, and lastly, we cannot forget the brilliantly titled South Park: The Fractured But Whole. We loved The Stick of Truth, so really looking forward to this one, so hoping to see more of it at this E3.

And will they show off the Assassin's Creed movie? I think it's likely they will.

Sony

While Allan has now moved into the "not thinking a new Crash Bandicoot will be announced" team, I am still firmly (if desperately) believing that Crash must be shown. From the t-shirt Shawn Layden wore at PSX 2015, to the Uncharted 4 demo crashing during E3 last year, and finally the playable level during the story of Uncharted 4, too many things have pointed to Crash, sending the internet into a frenzy. 

With Naughty Dog still outright denying the ownership of the Crash Bandicoot IP, Allan's viewpoint does certainly have some sense to it (which I am vehemently forcing out of my mind - give me a new Crash damnit!) - his thoughts are that instead of a new Crash, or even a remaster being announced, that the hints were all just pointing towards all of the old Crash games becoming playable on PS4.

We'll also undoubtedly see more of PlayStation VR, with titles such as Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin likely to be shown as well. And speaking of Psychonauts, we'll hopefully see a little of Psychonauts 2, especially since the first one has now been put up on the PS Store in the US (coming to EU soon).

And lastly, PlayStation 4K, codename Neo could get a little show-time. Although we've been told not to expect it, I feel that at least a nod to it is likely to happen at some point during the conference, especially considering it has now been officially acknowledged and confirmed by Sony themselves.

Shenmue III will definitely be shown off. With a release window of late 2017, and with development being well under way, we'll definitely see it in some form.

Delayed into 2017, we have Horizon: Zero Dawn. An unexpected reveal from Guerrilla last year, it instantly ticked all the boxes for a lot of fans, us included. It's absolutely sure to be shown, to keep us all excited for it, and let us see a little more of what it has to offer.

No Man's Sky will be shown, especially given it's slight delay. No doubt with lots of promises that it will definitely be released this time.

And lastly (no pun intended) The Last Guardian, will be there for sure. Planned for release this year, and after far too long of a wait since it's initial announcement, it definitely cannot be pushed any further away now, so we have to get a release date. Have to. If we don't, then I'll be extremely surprised - why would they bother showing it again last year to have it in a perpetual state of delay again? And for things with Last in the title, could we be seeing The Last of Us 2? We certainly hope so.

Nintendo

Nintendo are bypassing an E3 conference and their usual Nintendo Directs, instead to do an all day stream via Nintendo Treehouse, from E3. Mainly only showing the new Zelda, apparently not showing anything to do with NX. We feel that they’ll obviously be showing a buttload of gameplay, and when showing a trailer of the new Zelda, at the end it will state RELEASE DATE, for Wii U and _______. Announcing the name of the new console, but brushing it off as (almost) nothing. 

Will also talk about Miitomo, as well as likely some Amiibo talk. And will promote their eShop sale that is taking place after E3. 

Second day of E3 they will likely show off other upcoming gamges for Wii U and 3DS.

Other

Cyberpunk 2077 has already been nixed as getting a showing at E3 this year, however we highly doubt that CD Projekt Red will decline to show us at least a little something. It was announced a while ago now, and despite the fact it looks like they'll be shaping up to "announce" the newly-leaked Gwent, we think that they'll still show us Cyberpunk in some form - likely another teaser trailer. A little gutted as we'd love to see lots more of Cyberpunk 2077, but since it's probably going to be so far in the future at this point, they likely won't have much they can actually show us.
Volition’s new game Agents of Mayhem will be shown. More characters, gameplay and possibly a demo? But that all depends on when in 2017 it is set to be released.
Destiny: Rise of Iron will be shown, to be released in September. Given the amount of players I know that, despite loving Destiny, dropped it, only to return for a while after The Taken King, and then drop it again, they'll definitely be wanting to bring the player attention back on to them.

Sloclap and Devolver Digital’s Absolver to be playable at E3, so we'll probably see a little bit of it at some point during the PC conference.

With Gearbox's news of Borderlands 3, we hope to also see that during E3, no doubt coupled with news of future Battleborn characters.

2K will of course be showing off Mafia III, which we really can't wait to see more of. It looks amazing from what we've seen so far, so really looking forward to what else they have to show us!

Warner Bros confirmed 16 new franchises for LEGO Dimensions 2nd year, so surely these will be shown off in some capacity at E3. The list comprises of Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Adventure Time, Mission: Impossible, The A-Team, The Lego Batman Movie, The Goonies, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go, Lego City Undercover, Knight Rider, Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice and ET.

And lastly, we will of course see Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III. Hopefully with a lot of new footage. After the Final Fantasy XV demo, I'm really hoping we'll see something similar for Kingdom Hearts III.


So that's what we think is most likely to happen. There are a few other things we are hoping for, but know are unlikely, or things that have already been confirmed (therefore need no further speculation).

So what do you think will happen during this year's E3?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

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