E3 is around the corner my fellow gamers, the best week for gaming each year. Like with all E3 weeks, massive video game announcements and reveals take place.
Being an E3 veteran, yes E3 is my obsession, I am here to predict what we’ll see this year. We’re talking new hardware, new games, remasters, release dates and more, oh my.
There will be a massive 8 press conferences taking place this year.
In fact, it’s the first time we’ll see a Square Enix, Bethesda or dedicated PC focused press conference. All the dates and times have been confirmed and this is exactly when you’ll be watching these events in South African, local time.
- Bethesda – June 14 – 4:00 CEST
- Microsoft – June 15 – 18:30 CEST
- EA Games – June 15 – 22:00 CEST
- Ubisoft – June 16 – 00:00 CEST
- Sony – June 16 – 03:00 CEST
- Nintendo – June 16 – 18:00 CEST
- Square-Enix – June 16 – 19:00 CEST
- PC Gaming Show – June 17 – 02:00 CEST
Various sites like IGN, Gametrailers and the publisher’s dedicated E3 hubs will stream these conferences live. Be sure to tune in, or just visit MyGaming for all the E3 news as it happens.
What to expect?
The usual sort of stuff takes place at every E3, but what exactly does that mean?
Big names come on stage and tell us how their consoles, games and devices have sold, it’s all numbers, number, numbers, math, math, math. Once that is all over, we finally get to the games.
This is what I expect to happen this year.
Sony will definitely focus on project Morpheus this year, particularly with the Oculus Rift having such heavily priced requirements.
We could finally see a release date, some launch titles and a proper name for the virtual reality hardware. We know it’s launching early next year, so hopefully we’ll finally have a confirmation of what to expect.
There have also been reports of a possible PS4 and PS Vita price drop to be announced at E3. What I would really like is a PlayStation Plus price drop, because really, the PS4 line-up has been rather poor.
Talking about PlayStation Plus, let’s hope Sony reveals plans to roll out some even greater games and features to the library.
Sony might even give us some insight on the situation of PlayStation Now. Could it be heading to South African shores? Or even close to home maybe?
What about Spotify and PlayStation Video support in SA? Let us hope that we are in line for some sort of entertainment app to launch here.
The PlayStation 4 should be getting a new firmware update. Sony might even finally reveal some media playing capabilities like DLNA and USB support. The firmware, should it happen, will likely also bring about folders and a revamped home screen.
There are still a few things the PlayStation 4 needs, and this is the perfect time to start.
Sony will show off their biggest titles like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, No Man’s Sky and more. Given recent reports, we might even get an Uncharted Trilogy announcement.
I’m also betting on Bungie showing off some new Destiny content due out later this year, and Deep Down getting some light shed on it.
We could also see some Ratchet & Clank footage from the previously announced remake of the original title. It’s just a pity the reboot for the series is delayed for now.
Guerrilla Games will hopefully show off their game called Horizon. This RPG is supposedly a mash-up of Mass Effect and Destiny mechanics and could really be the game-changer we need.
Don’t expect anything from the Killzone franchise as they have been hard at work on Horizon, and after Shadow Fall, we all need a break.
Let’s cross fingers that Sony will give us some new PS Vita games, games that aren’t cross-platform and exclusive to the handheld. They have lost their focus on the device at previous events, and all I want is some reason to use mine again.
You may also be interested on our full thoughts on Sony’s forthcoming E3 2015 press conference here.
Microsoft will almost certainly show off Windows 10 for Xbox One at their year’s show. They assure us that Windows 10 is a big leap for the console, a large improvement to general functionality and a whole lot more PC as well as smart device integration.
Microsoft might even demo their VR hardware this year. Although still in early development, we could see how they plan on incorporating it into their console, or future hardware. Expect the Kinect to be involved.
We’d love to see, or rather hear, from Cortana.
What we really need now in SA is some media support. Our Xbox Ones are glorified home consoles, and I wish we could use them to their full potential.
Hopefully, Microsoft has some plans to roll out the TV and Music app in new countries and that we’re one of them.
We already know that their latest title Fable: Legends will be cross-play, so it would be nice to see this in action and clear the air on how this will actually work.
Halo 5 is due out later this year, so we will definitely see this in action. There’s a lot of mystery behind this title, and 343 Industries has us on the edge of our seat with anticipation.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is also set to stage, and finally, we’ll get to see what all of the fuss was about and whether it was worth it for Microsoft to buy a timed launch.
And let us not forget about Quantum Break which has been delayed until early next year; we need a firm explanation for this, pronto!
Crackdown will also see its gameplay debut this year, as last year’s conference wasn’t much more than a trailer.
For a more detailed breakdown of what we want out of Microsoft, check out our thoughts here.
The burning question is: will Nintendo reveal their new Nintendo NX console this year?
Nintendo will be hosting a Digital event rather than their usual conference. Nintendo has not hosted a conference since 2013, so it seems that this is the direction that they will be going in.
With Splatoon out, The Legend of Zelda delayed, Star Fox in very early development, Nintendo only has Mario Maker to show off at this stage. Let us hope that their Digital Event will shed some light on their line-up for the coming year.
Expect Nintendo to talk about mobile gaming and their decisions regarding the matter.
Nothing really matters right now but Fallout 4 – we even crafted our Fallout 4 wishlist as a result.
The past few weeks have been filled with proof that Fallout 4 could actually be revealed this E3. This is after an employee posted on LinkedIn that he had been working on a trailer for Fallout 4.
Other than Fallout 4, expect some DOOM footage, now that we know it’s on its way, as well as beta news.
Dishonored Remastered could be revealed at the same time. We’d rather have a Dishonored 2, but we won’t complain.
What could Square Enix bring to E3 this year?
Well, for starters, Just Cause 3 is going to have some massive gameplay footage shown if its debut has anything to say for it.
Final Fantasy XV might even get a release date, and Dues Ex: Mankind Divided looks to be a show stopper.
The fact that we can now avoid bosses if we so choose is something to celebrate.
We know that Kingdom Hearts 3 will be skipping E3 this year and making an appearance at Tokyo Game Show instead. Bummer.
Who wants some new The Division gameplay? We do.
Ubisoft will definitely be there to demonstrate titles like Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and what we should expect, Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division.
And who knows what else they have up their sleeve, and please, no more dancing and laser tag!
EA Games has their usual sports themed opening with FIFA 3 million revealed, NHL whatever number is it, and Madden lost count.
But we want to see some Mirror’s Edge, Mass Effect and Star Wars: Battlefront, which we can’t wait for.
We’d also like to get a sneak peak at some new Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, as well as Battlefield Hardline content.
As for the PC Gaming Show, I have no clue what to expect. It’s the first time there is a PC focused event being held, so we will just have to wait and see what happens there.
What do you predict for this year’s E3? Let us know in the comments and forum!
And in fact, what would you like to see at the PC event?