What We Hope and Expect to See at E3 2017
E3 is just a few short weeks away, and it’s going to be an interesting one. While there will be plenty of game announcements from all parties, Nintendo and Microsoft will be the two to watch closely. Nintendo recently released the Switch, and Microsoft is getting ready to showcase Project Scorpio for the first time. Along with that, both companies have been under heavy criticism for a number of years, so it’s possible we may see some big changes from them in terms of exclusive content.
Without further ado, here’s my full set of E3 predictions:
Bethesda has been teasing what they have coming up through a piece of artwork released a couple weeks ago. In the art, there’s two areas of a theme park that are currently under construction. One of the announcements Bethesda is expected to make is for The New Colossus. Bethesda may have slyly announced the game back at E3 last year with a little teaser in the press briefing.
Wolfenstein: The New Order released in 2014, so MachineGames is due to announce their next title. The same goes for Tango Gameworks. I’d expect to see a sequel to The Evil Within this year as well. While the artwork Bethesda released teases only two new titles, I have to wonder if they’ve got some new stuff up their sleeve as well outside of just sequels. Maybe a new IP?
If I had published this post a little earlier, I might have had more to say about Ubisoft, but as of yesterday, very little has been left up to the imagination. Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Far Cry 5, and The Crew 2 will be headlining the Ubisoft conference, but as per usual they always have a little something extra up their sleeve at the end of the conference.
I think we will see a new Splinter Cell this year. Considering Ubisoft has released entries from Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, and created a new entry in the Clancy franchise, The Division, I think it’s due time we see Splinter Cell comeback. However, I don’t think that’s the end of the conference surprise. Ubisoft has said their new IP is multiplayer-focused, and I’ll be completely honest with you in saying I have no clue what it could be.
If I had to guess, I would wager Ubisoft wants to add some sort of Battle Royale game to their lineup. Considering how popular the genre is right now, Ubisoft’s love of open world games and the fact that no major publisher has taken a crack at the genre yet, it makes sense to me.
EA is the wildcard in this post, I think. We know they’ll be showing of their regular slate of sports titles (hopefully within 10 minutes or so), Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and the new Need for Speed game.
As far as new reveals go, I expect to see Bioware’s new IP, or at least one of the weird little dev diaries EA likes to do for new titles. Another title that you may have not have heard about before is Sea of Solitude. It was funded by EA through the same program that Unravel went through, and based on the early footage we’ve seen from the game, it’s one to watch.
Last but not least, Visceral Games. We got a half-second long look at the game last year, so I think it’s time for a proper reveal this year. Visceral’s Star Wars game is expected to release next year so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it at E3 this year. Respawn Entertainment is also working on a Star Wars title, though I don’t think we’ll see anything for it this year.
Microsoft has quite a few exclusive titles in development despite popular belief. Crackdown 3 is confirmed for a proper reveal at E3 2017, but I also fully expect that it will be one of the showcase titles for Microsoft’s Project Scorpio. The amount of tech on display in the game makes it a perfect candidate and should offer more to consumers than just a graphical boost.
State of Decay was also a big hit for Microsoft and I’m extremely interested to see what Undead Labs has cooked up for the sequel. With an expanded budget and Unreal Engine 4, Undead Labs could have a hit on their hands.
Sea of Thieves has also been coming along nicely, so it should be expected that we will get a release date for that as well. I can’t say that I’m overly excited about the game, but the most recent dev diary featuring Phil Spencer got me a little more interested in the title. And, of course we will also see a Forza 7 announcement this E3 as well.
As far as new IP goes, Phil Spencer has been dropping hints that Microsoft has some new stuff up its sleeve. There’s been little in the way of leaks this year (so far) like in previous years, so I don’t have much to go off of for this set of predictions. I’m curious to see what single player offerings Microsoft have in store, if any, as most of their currently announced titles are geared towards multiplayer (i.e., Sea of Thieves, Crackdown, State of Decay 2.
Aurora44’s Ashen, Capybara Games’ Below, and Studio MDHR’s Cuphead are all titles to watch from Microsoft as well.
It would be nice to see a new single player IP step up to the plate from Microsoft to answer Sony’s Horizon: Zero Dawn and Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild.
I’ll be upfront and say that I do not expect Sony to make a lot of bomb drop announcements this year like they did last. They have a ton of announced games in the pipeline that we know very little about, and have no release dates for.
I expect we will see more gameplay footage of God of War, Day’s Gone, Detroit: Become Human, and Media Molecule’s Dreams. I’m hoping we at least get a release date for Detroit: Become Human, as Sony’s holiday slate is pretty dry right now. I think it’s possible we’ll get release dates for Dreams, God of War, and Day’s Gone.
I’d anticipate that Sony and Insomniac will reveal the Spiderman game this year in proper, and at the end of the conference maybe a short glimpse of The Last of Us 2, though I’d bet we don’t see that one until PSX this December.
Sony, as per usual, will be all about the games this year. If we get one surprise announcement, I’d place bets on Sucker Punch revealing their new IP, but I’d expect it’ll be a late 2018 game based on how early Sony tends to reveal their exclusive titles.
OK, I lied. Nintendo is the wildcard here, and I’m very uninformed when it comes to the Switch Nintendo titles. However, I do know that we will be seeing more of Super Mario: Odyssey this year, which is sure to be another major hit for the platform. There’s also the expectation that we’ll be hearing about Super Smash Bros. on the Switch, with many expecting it to take the same route as the deluxe version of Mario Kart.
I’ll let one of our editors, Sarah Young, take it from here in regards to Nintendo predictions:
Sarah Young: This past winter during the presentation of the Switch there were previews of games to be released for the Switch upon release, such as Legend of Zelda (LoZ): Breath of the Wild, and games still in production to be released months later. This year at E3 it is those later games that will be showcased by Nintendo.
Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Odyssey will be playable on the show floor of E3. This will be the first time since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine that a new world will be created for this universe. I expect the release date for this game to be announced for the end of the year, maybe in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas sales.
There have also been rumors and expectations of a Super Smash Bros. announcement as well. I would love to see gameplay footage in their Spotlight or Nintendo Treehouse: Live streams. (Nintendo no longer holds press conferences, so all of their reveals will be in their Spotlight or Nintendo Treehouse: Live streams.)
Other games I almost 100% expect to be spotlighted at E3 are Splatoon 2 and ARMS. These were two more games showcased back in the winter presentation of the Switch. Splatoon 2 is already slated for a late summer release, but I expect they will be going more into the multiplayer style at E3 and changes in this game as compared to the first one. Splatoon 2 will have tournaments on the floor along with tournaments for ARMS. For those not familiar with the announcement of ARMS, the concept is essentially integrating the motion and sensor capabilities into a fighting game of sorts where each turn of a controller can either move a character, curve a punch, battle it out, and more. I expect Nintendo to announce a summer release for this as well.
There will also be announcements as to new 3DS games, I would imagine. As for which games they will announce? I am not entirely sure. With the coverage of the Switch, details on 3DS production have seemed to be pushed to the side. The only game I can imagine them showing at E3 for the 3DS would potentially be the 3DS adaptation of the Switch’s (still in production) Fire Emblem Warriors.
The long shots, but still potential announcements, would be the rumored Pikmin 4 installation or the Legend of Zelda game for smartphones to be released after the Animal Crossing smartphone game. Nintendo has confirmed that there will be 2 or 3 smartphone games to be released in 2018, so they may touch on this (but I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to wait to announce these in a separate preview). I would love to see them preview the smartphone LoZ game during the Nintendo Treehouse: Live gameplay if they do discuss this, because I’m interested to see the franchise in this format.