E3 is here! A list of predications and wishes

Jake Hughes
June 08, 2018 - 1:03 pm

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Well, it’s that time again! The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is this weekend. The annual show is the place for developers and publishers to talk about their upcoming releases and to tease their new big projects. What does each developer have in store? Well, it can be tough to say, as this is usually the time they like to surprise us. But, we do know a few very likely games from each, so let’s check out what we have to look forward to!

Firstly, the lineup. The Expo kicks off Saturday. Here’s the tentative schedule:

Now, let’s see what each of the big publishers have in store for us:

 

Electronic Arts

Cue the Darth Vader theme music. But seriously EA has historically been kinda tight-lipped at E3. There have been rumors of them bringing back the Skate Franchise, but does anyone really want another dive into skating games? Beyond that, expect to see more on Battlefield V, and possibly more details about Bioware’s epic RPG Anthem.

Microsoft

Microsoft is under a lot of pressure this year. Sony is set to unveil a lot of exclusives (more on that in a bit), so the Xbox One and PC platforms need to impress. We can expect updates on Crackdown 3, which Microsoft promised would be available in time for spring. It’s also getting high-on time for a new Gears of War or Halo release, so we might see something there. The ever-in-development We Happy Few is likely to make an appearance, with its dystopian, overly-medicated world. However, this is the time that Microsoft needs to start bringing out more third-party games, something they said were somewhat slim pickings last year, so we’ll see if they can bring the goods.

Bethesda Game Studios

This year, the big game reveal for Bethesda is, of course…Skyrim on Tiger game watches. No, I’m just kidding, though it wouldn’t surprise me, since Skyrim has been ported to everything short of mobile phones. No, the true big reveal will likely be details on the recently announced Fallout 76.

Rumors have been flying since the trailer dropped a few weeks ago, but what can we actually expect? Online co-op? Almost definitely. Online only? Possibly. MMORPG? Doubtful. Expansive settlement building? Again, almost certainly. Battle Royale? God, I hope not. Other than Fallout, we can almost certainly expect info about Rage 2. We might also be getting some details on their “secret” project Starfield, supposedly an epic space-set RPG. Also, and don’t quote me on this, but it’s been three years since Fallout 4, the same time gap between Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, so…

Square-Enix

Kingdom Hearts 3. Kingdom Hearts 3 is literally all people want from Square-Enix this year. Will it be done? Ah-ha, no. The game has been “in development” for years now, and it’s not likely to have a release in 2018. Past that expect details about Dragon Quest XI, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. They will also likely be showing off the Final Fantasy VII remake, but I’m not holding out hope for a gameplay trailer or a release date. Of course, they will likely have some big announcement, as the last time they had stage time at E3 was in 2015 when they announced Nier: Automata. Maybe Final Fantasy XVI? Not likely, but hey, it could happen.

Ubisoft

Ubi is pretty good at bringing the goods at trade shows, so I expect great things from them. It’s almost a given that we’ll get info on The Division 2, Skull and Bones, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but what else? Ubi teased Beyond Good & Evil 2 not too terribly long ago, so we’re due for some details. Furthermore, there have been rumblings about a possible return for Sam Fisher and the Splinter Cell franchise, especially with Sam getting a cameo in Ghost Recon Wildlands.

Sony

It’s looking more and more like Sony is going to play it safe this weekend. They’ve already announced their “Big 4,” so we’ll likely get more info on those. What I’m hoping for is an actual gameplay demo of the ever confusing Death Stranding, but when’s the last time Hideo Kojima did anything straight forward? The big news will also (hopefully) be a release date for the highly anticipated The Last of Us: Part II. Ghost of Tsushima and the new Spider-Man are likely to be big pushes, as well. But Sony might just surprise us. There have been rumors that Guerrilla Games might be working on a sequel to the highly successful Horizon: Zero Dawn.  There has also been a rumor, just a rumor, mind you, of some sort of PS4 portable a la Nintendo’s Switch, but that’s likely to be way far off. What’s most exciting for me is that Dark Souls studio FromSoftware is slated to have some time, so maybe they’ll explain the enigmatic Shadows Die Twice trailer. Bloodborne II, anybody? Please, From Soft, please…

Nintendo

Nintendo has already said their set will prominently feature the new Super Smash Bros for Switch, so no surprises there. The other game you can bet on being featured is the recently announced Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee. Another rumor swirling is a Star Fox based racing game, which would be awesome. Last year, they announced a bunch of titles that haven’t released yet, like Metroid 4, Yoshi for Switch, so we’ll likely get game demos of those. There have also been rumors about ports of Persona 5¸ Diablo III, Fallout 3, and even Fortnite, but those may just be wishful thinking. What isn’t wishful thinking is the possibility of a Bayonetta 3 tease. Another longshot is an announcement of an N64 Classic, similar to Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classics, with a tiny system and around 20 games. Finally, the longest shot of them all, maybe possibly hopefully kinda sorta obvious Animal Crossing for Switch?