Chase’s E3 2017 Hopes/Predictions
Hello everyone, Chase here! As a gaming enthusiast, I always get pumped around this time of year for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it is more commonly known. It’s always fun to speculate on what will go down at the event, and I decided to share mine with you. So, in order of likeliness, here is what I hope will happen at E3 2017.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay/Release Date
We all know Rockstar likes to sit the event out, but when they are there, they are usually aligned with Sony. We haven’t seen Red Dead 2 (Which is technically the third Red Dead game counting Red Dead Revolver on the PS2) since its reveal last fall, so it is a no-brainer that it should have its gameplay premiere at PlayStation’s show. After all, since Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII will also likely be at Sony’s show, let’s close the conference with it. Activision is no Rockstar.
Super Mario Odyssey Info Galore
I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS GAME. After countless uninspired Mario games following the New SMB line, it is about time that Nintendo goes back to the formula of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Don’t get me wrong, Super Mario Galaxy is one of my favorite games ever, but sometimes exploration is wonderful in Mario, something Galaxy lacked. Just seeing Odyssey’s trailer gets me excited to run around and explore the land. A release date is a given.
The Xbox One update/successor was revealed at E3 last year, and it had quite a few people intrigued. This year, we should find out what its final name will be, as well as its design. The Microsoft conference should be full of tech demos and games revealed for the system, including Rare’s Sea of Thieves and Halo 6 eventually. Release date for Scorpio will close the show.
Sony Release Dates Galore
Sony’s last two events at the expo have had a habit for getting gamers excited to play first-party games, only for them to go quiet for a year. This is the year we finally get to know when we get our hands on those games. Dreams, Days Gone, Death Stranding, Spider-Man, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, and Wild need to get release windows to renew gamer interest. If I had to guess, Spider-Man and Dreams will be out by the end of the year. Some new announcements would also be nice, and PlayStation VR is bound to get some screen time.
Ubisoft Sequels Galore
A few days before this article was written, Ubisoft confirmed that a new Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry were due by Spring 2018. Assassin’s Creed’s break last year should give us a breath of fresh air for the series. In terms of Far Cry, a teaser image of the island from the beloved Far Cry 3 was revealed (please don’t let it be an unnecessary remaster, the graphics were already perfect). My hope? A prequel where you get to play as Vaas as he descends into madness. Make it happen Ubisoft! In addition, a new Tom Clancy game should be a given, and a new 2D Rayman game would be nice.
Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III Updates
I have never played Final Fantasy VII or Kingdom Hearts, but even I see that fans have been left in the dark for far too long. These games were last seen in 2015, and almost nothing has been said since. Fans of franchises as beloved as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts deserve better than that. Some sort of an update on these titles would be nice, Square Enix.
What’s Sucker Punch Up To?
The talented studio behind Sly Cooper and inFamous has been quiet since 2014. E3 seems like the right time to announce a new project. I hope it’s a new IP, because the open-world superhero hole is being filled by Insomniac’s Spider-Man game.
What About Retro Studios?
The Nintendo-owned company has been mute since they released Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. With such a long gap, that time could be used to finally give fans of the studio what they want: a new Metroid game. This series is often forgotten by Nintendo, so it’s time to show it some love. A new franchise from them would also be a fine option.
More Nintendo Switch Games
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has received unanimous acclaim from fans and critics alike. With Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and Arms also due this year, Nintendo should announce a few new games at E3. Recently, rumors stating that a new Pokemon game and a Smash Bros. port could come out have surfaced. Those would be welcome additions, but how about some surprises? A new Animal Crossing for the Switch would be a treat, and a new F-Zero couldn’t hurt either. Or, in addition to Arms, Nintendo could announce another new IP.
News on Amy Hennig’s Star Wars Game
The former Uncharted series director’s EA project got a 5-second glimpse at EA’s conference last year. After the underwhelming Star Wars Battlefront, a good Star Wars game would be a blessing, and it’s only gonna be better since Hennig is helming it. However, since EA’s show will probably focus on Star Wars Battlefront II, I wouldn’t count on much information being revealed just yet. I really hope we get something, though. It’s the only EA project that actually sounds good, after all.
Elder Scrolls 6 Announcement
Seriously. It’s about time, Bethesda.
Well, that should just about do it. Keep in mind that I’m not saying that these definitely will happen come the second week of June. These are the moves that I believe will help the gaming industry pick up some steam and get people the most excited. I hope I’m right, but I also hope that something no one expects gets announced at the show. As fans, we can only speculate on what will happen. I’m Chase, and let’s hope E3 2017 is fantastic.