What to expect from E3 2014
What can we expect from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and more at this year's E3 videogaming expo?
It's that time of year again, when big name publishers and hardware manufacturers roll out their big announcements and reveals to get your bank balances itching. This year is the first E3 with the Xbox One and PS4 out in the wild, and so there's a lot of anticipation for what's set to roll out of Microsoft and Sony's camps. Let's not forget the big name publishers too, as there are quite a few big titles set to make their debut. With that in mind, what can we expect to see from the show this year?
Microsoft – June 9, 5:30pm GMT
The Xbox One is gathering steam, and E3 could add more fuel to the fire. Microsoft will surely strive to make a much more favourable impact than last year's disastrous showing.
The key name here will be Halo. We know Halo 5: Guardians is coming in 2015, and as such a major title, we can expect more information and footage. The rumoured Halo 2: Anniversary should also land on Xbox One this year if it exists, and we expect some form of announcement at the show.
Many are predicting a new Gears of War will be revealed for Xbox One, following from Microsoft's purchase of the series rights earlier this year, and we could possibly see Crackdown 3, but that may just be wishful thinking.
Intriguing title, Quantum Break, has already been confirmed as missing E3 in favour of Gamescom later in the year, so the rest of the conference will no doubt revolve around third party projects, with the next Call of Duty, Advanced Warfare, being almost guaranteed. We also expect a good focus on the hardware, especially the Kinect-less Xbox One.
Sony – June 10, 2AM GMT
Riding high on the success of the PS4, Sony is arguably the favourite to 'win' E3 once more this year. Now that the PS4 is going strong in both sales and popularity, we can expect the company to go for the big hitters to further bolster the console's success.
Expect to see footage from the rumoured Demon's Souls 2 title, Project Beast, which could easily take the whole show, as the Souls series is fast becoming a smash hit series. Santa Monica Studios will be in attendance, so that could mean another outing for Kratos in a new God of War, and we'd be very surprised if Uncharted 4 footage wasn't one of the major reveals of Sony's conference.
If Uncharted is a sure-fire thing, then it's downright set in stone that we'll see The Last of Us: Remastered, along with an actual release date, possibly one in the very near future. We also expect a very big focus on the indie scene, as it's being going strong for the PS4 with some great releases and a few big exclusives. PS Plus will no doubt also be pushed more. Project Morpheus will surely make an appearance too. Also expect more from DriveClub and The Order: 1888.
Finally, there's the elephant in the conference room of The Last Guardian. With so many rumours of showings, cancellations, and release dates, we're quite confident that the game will resurface in some form. This probability is helped by the recent retailer leaks listing the game. We'll have to wait and see.
Nintendo – June 10, 5pm GMT
As it's struggling so much of late, we're not expecting all that much from Nintendo but a few solid first-party titles to play it safe. After all, Nintendo has already confirmed that no new hardware will be revealed, and once again, it's an online only presentation.
Expect Nintendo to try and get the most out of its successful properties, such as Super Smash Bros. In fact, a tournament for the game will be hosted for it. Although already out, Mario Kart 8 will probably show its head, as it's one of the only big hitting games for the Wii U, and is currently very popular.
Many are expecting the big surprise from Nintendo to be a new Zelda title. If this does happen, we expect only a very simple teaser or announcement. Nintendo doesn’t' like to rush things. Given the current state of play, though, a new Zelda would be a major step in the right direction, something Nintendo desperately needs.
As always, we also expect a big focus on handheld with the 3DS, and a new game for the platform is set to be revealed, but we don't know what this will be.
EA – June 9, 8pm GMT
Electronic Arts has said it's going to show six new titles at this year's E3. We already know about Battlefield: Hardline and Criterion's next project reveal, as well as the next Star Wars: Battlefront. The Sims 4 is also highly likely. Other possibles include a new Mirror’s Edge and possibly FIFA.
Already known about titles will surely be demonstrated, including Dragon Age: Inquisition and maybe even Mass Effect 4.
Ubisoft – June 9, 11pm GMT
We predict another strong year for Ubisoft. With Watch Dogs now out and about, the publisher will be focusing on its next big, triple-A releases. Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity, and Assassin's Creed Comet are certainties, as will be more on Tom Clancy's The Division.
We also expect to see The Crew resurface following its delay, along with the beautiful-looking Valiant Hearts: The Great War. It's also been predicted by some that Prince of Persia will return.
There'll be a big turnout for various other publishers. We already know about some new releases ahead of time, such as the new Mortal Kombat X and Homefront: The Revolution. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will surely be there, as will Batman: Arkham Knight, and maybe we'll see GTA V for next gen. Who knows, maybe, despite claims to the contrary, Valve will shock the world with a Half-Life 3 announcement, Well, we can dream, can't we?
It's not long until the show, so we'll soon know for certain.
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