It’s that time of year again! E3 2017 is just around the corner, and that means everyone that is anyone will be providing their predictions for what sort of reveals and announcements we’ll see in a couple weeks. It’s like March Madness for nerds, and it is awesome.
So now I will share with you some of my personal predictions for the upcoming E3 announcements. I hope at least some of them will be fun and original.
E3’s opening act will be provided by EA on Saturday, June 10th.
It’s somewhat of a no-brainer that EA will be announcing some new sports titles. They do almost every year, and it’s one of their big crowd-pleasers. I expect a few words will be said about their latest Madden and FIFA titles.
There will be no new Battlefield this year, but EA has been talking about a new Star Wars Battlefront 2. Star Wars Battlefront 2 will likely include characters and locations from the new films. I see a Battlefront 2 trailer with Kylo Ren, Rey, and maybe even Jyn.
Microsoft’s biggest anticipation by far is Project Scorpio, the Xbox One’s answer to the PS4 Pro. My crystal ball shows a large portion of Microsoft’s press conference revolving around just that. Expect a lot of hardware specs floating around. Also, we will probably get a definite name for the new XBOX One-Point-Five.
Of course, you can’t have a great new machine without something to show off with. I suspect we’ll see trailers showcasing the graphical superiority, including new titles like Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and maybe even Halo 6.
Not too long ago, Bethesda released a teaser image showcasing the large swathe of IP’s under the Bethesda name. This includes their newest IP’s such as Doom, Quake, and Prey as well as a hint for two brand-new, unannounced IPs.
It is quite likely that Bethesda will announce at least one of the new IP’s, if not both. We may also see more information on Quake Champions, such as a new trailer or a release date. A DLC announcement for Dishonored 2 and maybe Fallout 4 could also happen. Finally, we’ll probably see more information on the Fallout 4 VR release that was announced last year.
Ubisoft has a great selection of titles under its belt to announce this year. Most notable are Far Cry 5, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and the Return of Assassin’s Creed. For Honor just saw the release of a new season and two new characters, so some hype-generation might ensue. And who knows, we might see some Watch_Dogs 2 DLC.
With the PS4 Pro now fully underway, I think we can expect Sony to focus entirely on its game line-up. To that end, we will probably see the new Days Gone, God of War and The Last of Us Part: II. After the relative success of Yakuza 0, we will probably see some info on Yakuza Kiwami, the remake of the original Yakuza game slated for release at the end of the summer.
Sony is also reviving their long-lost mascot, Crash Bandicoot, with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Hopefully we’ll get to see the good ole guy-in-a-crash-bandicoot-costume doing something funny again.
The most obvious Nintendo title that we will most assuredly see is Super Mario Odyssey. We might see some last-minute hype generation for Splatoon 2 as well as more information on Arms, Nintendo’s newest fighting game.
Nintendo may also feature Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Spectres and Fire Emblem Warriors. Finally, I’m secretly hoping for an Animal Crossing release for the Switch, as that will finally be the straw that breaks my bank.
I have the strangest feeling that we will be getting word of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, and that it will be a bigger reveal than most of us expect.
We will probably get more information about Sonic Mania as well as Sonic Forces, but whether we will see them in a press conference or a solo panel, I’m not sure.
Finally, I’m expecting word on Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite and Destiny 2.
Hopefully some of these predictions come true. More importantly, hopefully some of them are unique and fun. 2017 has been an amazing year for gaming, and I honestly think E3 will keep that ball rolling through the summer.