E3 starts later this month with some Publishers deciding to host their own events prior to E3 even kicking off but we still have E3 2016 predictions to make. Here we take a look at each major company and trend and make our predictions for what we will see at this years E3 and external events.
Lets start with the platform holders
- Microsoft is going to push the idea of Xbox One and PC gaming coming closer together with the use of Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
- HoloLens is still only in the hands of a few developers but it is likely we will see some of what those developers are making for the AR headset.
- Xbox One slim will be revealed showing off a smaller form factor version of the Microsoft console. It is unlikely Microsoft will change the specs of the machine, instead opting to run out this generation of hardware and stick to a new Xbox release in a few years time.
- If rumours are the be believed we may also see the mention of Xbox VR of some kind with games in development. Of course this could also be Xbox One support for existing headsets like Oculus as Microsoft went the AR route with the HoloLens.
- Crackdown 3 – This title has been seen previously but news has been relatively scarce recently, we expect to see more gameplay of Crackdown 3 along with a release date.
- Forza Horizon 3 – An unexpected hit originating from a Forza Motorsport spinoff. Horizon is due for a release to break up the racer releases with something more open world. We will likely see new information on the third iteration of this title at the show.
- RARE’s Pirate game, Sea of Thieves was shown in 2015 as the studios new IP. It looked interesting then and promised ambitious things. It’ll be interesting to see how far along the game is and whether it lives up to the ambition.
- ReCore was shown at last years event with an announcement trailer. This year we expect to see actual gameplay and maybe even some hands on with the game.
- Gears of War 4 release is just around the corner so it is a chance for Microsoft to push it once more and get those pre-orders rolling in. Hopefully there will be more hands on time with the game, perhaps with the Campaign after the Multiplayer Beta recently came to an end.
- Nintendo is possibly going to lift the lid on its new harware, the codenamed Nintendo NX.
- More mobile. As Nintendo has realised that mobile gaming is a thing, they will be keen to build on the success of the Miitomo with the additions of Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem on iOS and Android. We might get a look at the Pokémon ARG (Augmented Reality Game), Pokémon Go.
- Legend of Zelda. This is the only title which Nintendo has confirmed will be playable at E3, after it was shown at E3 2014 the art style looked interesting and will likely please many Zelda fans.
- Sony’s PlayStation 4.5 or Nero will be shown off. Currently one of gamings worst kept secrets, Sony is going to reveal the 4K capable console. We don’t expect anything to change in the way of game development though as developers will be keen to appeal to the massive PlayStation 4 player base rather than targeting the higher end specs of the PlayStation 4.5.
- PlayStation VR is a thing and we know that Sony will be keen to show off some software to go with that headset before it releases in October.
- Horizon Zero Dawn will hopefully show us more of the giant robot dinosaur hunting
- Shenmue 3 was a surprise addition to last years E3 press conference. Now it has been successfully funded by Sony and Kickstarter it is highly possible we will see some footage of the title.
- Rez Infinite is a remaster of the original Rez with VR support so we are likely to see that in the PlayStation VR push.
- The Last Guardian was shown for PlayStation 3 and looked impressive, then it was shown for PlayStation 4 but still looked like the PlayStation 3 version. Will Sony have made progress with the title and will we ever get a release date for the title or will it remain on the potential vaporware list. We hope it is the former because was can’t wait to get our hands on it.
In terms of the publishers
EA is holding its own event, EA PLAY before E3 event starts as their own player focused event.
- Battlefield 1 is bound to make an appearance after the Internet breaking announcement trailer.
- Titanfall 2 has been announced and we expect more footage and perhaps hands on time with Respawn Entertainments shooter will happen. Remember, Titanfall 2 is planned for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this time around so there is no need to get all fan-boy over it.
- News about Jade Raymond’s new game from Motive Studios has been non-existent so it is entirely possible we could hear and see something about what she is working on.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will see more content released, while its announcement video is one of the most down rated videos on YouTube, down rating doesn’t equate to sales. As we have seen in the past with “boycotts” of Call of Duty, most gamers go on to buy it and in record numbers.
- Destiny has been out for a while and had its DLC content but what about Destiny 2? We all know it is going to happen but perhaps this is the year when we’ll get the very first look at the direction the sequel is going to take.
- The French publisher has put out some of its most anticipated games already with Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division. Both could see some DLC information and announcements but could we see early Watch Dogs 2 making its debut at the show, we sure hope so as the original held a lot of promise.
- Ubisoft’s new IP that was promised at this years earnings call. Announced early, we are hoping to see new information and footage.
- Fallout 4 is out, DOOM is out, that brings us to Elder Scrolls which is about due for a release and usually comes after Fallout we hope to see the next iteration, even if it is early, of what is next for Oblivion.
- Dishonored 2 is a going to make a highly likely appearance with details and footage showing what we can expect to get our hands on in future.
- Wolfenstein from id Software is next on the books now DOOM is out so seeing that announced at E3 will round off our day.
- Final Fantasy VII remake was already announced but it would be great to see an update on the progress they have made so far bringing the game to a HD audience.
- Final Fantasy XV is coming out later this year so hands on at the event and throw in some new videos and we’ll be happy until the game releases.
eSports is big right now, we are likely to see both platform holders and games publishers, especially Electronic Arts and Activision, pushing that aspect of gaming and how their games are the true eSport title that you should get practicing.
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