E3 is always an exciting time for gamers. Developers and publishers gather to give us a peek into the latest and greatest that gaming has to offer. New IP’s are revealed and fan favorites receive sequels on stage in a hype-fuel display of gaming passion. With all of the spectacle and excitement, it is nigh-impossible to not spend some time speculating on what revelations await every year at E3. Everyone has their own personal wishlist for what each E3 will hold, so I’ve tried to focus on what I most want to see from each developer/publisher.
God of War
Sony surprised many fans last year when it revealed the return of everyone’s favorite rage-filled, god-killing murder machine. From the gameplay Sony showed, it seems like Kratos has changed drastically from previous games. The character is older now and has a son that he must care for. Suddenly the God of War is a family man and the tone of the game has shifted towards a more narrative-focused adventure, complete with a new over-the-shoulder camera perspective. It remains to be seen just how similar the combat will be to the previous games. Hopefully Sony can show us more gameplay to give us a better understanding of Kratos’ new adventure.
Bethesda’s Two New Games
Bethesda has some of the biggest IP’s in the industry, including Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Bethesda has tweeted an image to go along with their conference this year and it has led to quite a lot of speculation from fans. The image is styled after an amusement park and features an appearance from The Elder Scrolls Online, Doom, Quake, Fallout, Prey, and two “Under Construction” attractions. While my inner fanboy would love to hear about Elder Scrolls 6, Todd Howard has made it clear that the game is still very early in development. Some speculate that one of the games could be a sequel to Evil Within, but there isn’t much evidence at this point. New games are the highlight of E3, and Bethesda has got two of them in its pocket to show us. What more could you ask for?
Bioware’s New IP
Bioware has been coasting along with its two flagship series, Dragon Age and Mass Effect for years now. As great as those series may be, it is about time for the developer to show us something new. Thankfully they aim to do just that at E3. Liam Robertson revealed in an interview with IBT that Bioware’s new IP, code named “Dylan,” takes inspiration from Destiny and The Division. It will incorporate MMO elements as well as co-op. Robertson also claims the game is “bigger than Mass Effect Andromeda, considerably so.” Bioware hasn’t released any kind of official information regarding the title, so we can’t know for sure how accurate this information is. That being said, Dylan definitely has my attention going into this year’s E3.
Ubisoft hasn’t officially announced a conference date, but chances are they will hold one at some point. As a fan of Assassin’s Creed, I would love to see what kind of fresh ideas Ubisoft can come up with for the franchise after its year-long hiatus (barring a spinoff Playstation Vita game). Rumors abound about the the so-called Assassin’s Creed: Empires, and some even speculate that we could have the game by the end of the year. With more time to devote to creating something new for Assassin’s Creed, hopefully Ubisoft can re-ignite the passion for the series.
Nintendo’s Non-Nintendo Titles
With their new console/handheld hybrid consistently keeping shelves empty, all eyes are on Nintendo. Nobody wants a repeat of the Wii U and Nintendo fans want to make sure that all the hard work they put into getting a Switch will be worthwhile. While Nintendo won’t be holding a formal conference at E3, they will surely have a Nintendo Direct that will be streamed sometime during the expo. I fully expect that they will have more details on Splatoon 2 and ARMS, especially with both games having release dates soon after E3. Mario Odyssey will have some time in the spotlight as well. What I want most, however, is more details on third-party titles. Nintendo needs third-party support to really set the Switch up for success. Details on the new Shin Megami Tensei and Xenoblade Chronicles games would be huge. More details on the incredibly odd Mario and Raving Rabbids RPG crossover would be welcome as well. I’d also like to see more from other developers to back up the image that was shown when they unveiled the Switch.