Could you imagine if Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow got an HD remaster? Or even online enabled BC support? I’m ready to burst!
POKEMON MAKES AN APPEARANCE: For me, if Nintendo show anything of a new Pokemon game for Switch, they will win the show. It is just such a popular franchise that I can't see them resting on their laurels and showing Smash Bros, Metroid and not really trying to hit one out of the park by featuring this. -
METROID STEALS THE SHOW: If Metroid is shown in first person and with the sort of relative graphical power that we saw when the original Metroid Prime launched, Nintendo will be onto a winner. I can see Nintendo justifying their online service with a multiplayer deathmatch reveal for this. -
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A COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE: People go crazy for Splatoon's themed events and with the success of drawing and community collaboration in Nintendo's Miiverse, I think we'll see a similar experience coming to the Switch. -
FORTNITE: The momentum of Fortnite: Battle Royale shows no signs of letting up, and a Switch port will create a frenzy of excitement. It’s exactly the kind of thing Nintendo would drop into the middle of a Direct, treating it like it’s no big deal! -
BATTLE ROYALE: The kings of loot crates, I can't see EA letting the Battle Royale hype-
ANTHEM RELEASE DATE: I would like to see a lot of Anthem, as it was my game of the show last year. And a release date of March 2019 please. -
RESPAWN: A double dip from these talented guys, with a Titanfall 3 gameplay reveal and a decent first look at their Star Wars game. Especially after two years of teasing and no shows, the cancellation of Visceral’s project (and the studios demise), and the travesty of Battlefront 2. -
UNNECESSARY SPORTS SEGMENT: No-
Just give me a release window. Even a year will do! 2019! Let’s go!
NEW IP: Bethesda have really been broadening their horizons in the last few years, and I think we will see a continuation of that. They have quite a few franchises under their belts, but I don't expect a sequel -
PREY: I could see Bethesda doubling down on fruitful IP, and a sequel to Prey could happen this year. I love their focus on story driven, single player experiences, and this seems like the perfect time to drop another intense sci-
DOOM 2: I’m sure I read some rumours recently of this apparently being a thing? In any case, I think this would be a fantastic way to open their show, much like they did with Quake in 2016. We also get a final release date for Quake Champions, as it finally comes out of early access. -
BATTLE ROYALE: Will this be the Battle Royale E3? If EA are making one, there's every chance Ubisoft do the same, building on their Far Cry or Ghost Recon framework. And it would be pretty damn good. -
SPLINTER CELL: The recent teases, the Ghost Recon: Wildlands DLC mission event… they even went to all the trouble of getting Michael Ironside back (thank jebus) AND he’s been doing a lot of promotional interviews lately, so I believe this will be their closing title of the show. We hear the goggles, they confirm two player campaign co-
BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2: On the flipside, I think this opens their show. I cannot express in mere words how excited I am for this game. We wiil see gameplay, we get details on co-
ANOTHER NINTENDO PARTNERSHIP: Following the bonkers success of Mario + Rabbids, Ubi will continue their best in class support for Nintendo with a fresh new project. -
ONLINE MULTIPLAYER FOR OG XBOX GAMES: Microsoft have been doing a great job with backwards compatability, but the one thing missing from the original Xbox games so far is online mulitplayer. Based on some of the recent additions to the service (Conker, Star Wars Battlefront 2), enabling online multiplayer is the next logical step. If it's possible. I hope to see this announcement alongside a heavy hitter being added, such as Rainbow Six 3 (yes please) or Project Gotham Racing 2 (*dies*). -
NEW BANJO GAME: I'm going to keep dreaming about this until it happens. We know Playtonic are working on something new after the okayish Yooka Laylee -
LOADS OF NEW IP: It shows how far we've come that I'm struggling to even think of "out there" things that I think Microsoft would be capable of announcing. I'm just going to say that they would have a great show if they can put as many new IP exclusives (PC/Xbox) into the show as possible. But I nearly left this off the list as it seems so unlikely judging by recent years. Prove me wrong Phil! -
XBOX ONE S PRICE DROP OR DISCLESS XBOX MINI: I would like to see the RRP for the Xbox One S come right down, say towards £149.99 (the new console sweet spot for casuals). The S is holding its price pretty well, surprisingly considering the lack of first party games. Alternatively, a new console version without a disc drive, a small form factor and with a large hard drive -
RARE RACING: This is certainly "out there". Think Diddy Kong Racing but without Donkey, Diddy & Co. There are plenty of Microsoft and Rare characters that could make an appearance, it would get the nostalgia buds going, and would be a pretty easy game to make -
CONKER AND BANJO: Give me proper sequels to Bad Fur Day and Tooie. Please Phil. It would be the E3 of dreams. -
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CROSS PLATFORM PLAY: Sony seem to be the only ones cock blocking this from happening. And it needs to change. Everyone wants it, the benefits are numerous, and for some developers, it would be mean flicking a switch and bam! Rocket League, Fortnite, Battlefield… they could all support it with ease. I could see them withholding this announcement for their own conference, as a way to flip the script and reinforce their ‘4 The Players’ advertising slogan, and come away as the good guys. -
DEATH STRANDING: This weird ass looking epic finally gets a long over due, and very specific, release date. And Hideo Kojima comes down from the ceiling like Usher in the Super Bowl. -
A TRUE PSP / VITA SUCCESSOR: Sony have a long history of responding to, and building upon, Nintendo’s creative madness. Playstation All Stars (their answer to Smash Bros.), The Move Controller (their answer to the Wii Remote), and Wonderbook (their answer to the wacky 3DS AR experiments), to name but a few. I could see Sony looking at the crazy Switch hardware numbers and putting together a super expensive, premium handheld that can play PS4 games natively on the go. Supported by cloud saves and other PS4 wizardry. And if it had an HDMI port for easy connectivity (without the use of an overpriced plastic dock) this thing could sell like hotcakes. -
Give it to me. Please.
Est. April 2016. III Version 2.0. III
Dreaming about Banjo, TLOU: Part 2, and Virtual Console.
BETS AND DREAMS
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NEW FIRST PARTY IP OR EXCLUSIVES: So...this was a bet from last year and it didn't happen. But this year...it has to? All signs point to Microsoft announcing a new IP from potentially Playground Games, or it could be a new Fable title. I think alongside that we will see Microsoft working with a third party to have a big PC/Xbox exclusive. Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice? -
SOMETHING FOR 2018 (HALO): We may get a "surprise" Halo or Gears game for the end of 2018 -
GAMES PASS / XBOX LIVE BUNDLE: Microsoft are doubling down on Games Pass lately, but at the moment you can only buy it (easily) in one month installments. Expect some sort of deal pricing either with Xbox Live or at least on 3 and 6 month reduced rates. -
SEA OF THIEVES: Coming in for a lot of flack due to a perceived lack of content, Rare have announced their immediate plans for Sea of Thieves. Expect to see more on that and possibly an announcement of content plans even further out. -
TYING EVERYTHING TOGETHER: A bigger push on Windows Play Anywhere titles, and another drop of Backwards Compatible goodness, for the original Xbox AND 360, that helps support and build hype for at least one newly announced sequel to a long dormant franchise. -
CRACKDOWN 3 BETA SHADOW DROP: We get a new release date, and a shadow dropped multiplayer beta. This has to happen really. What is going on with that game?! -
CONSOLIDATION: Sony have won this generation, no question. I think they have an excellent lineup of games that we already know about and they don't need to do much to cross the finish line. I expect their first party teams will be thinking about PS5 once their most recent games are launched. It's a great position to be in: you can spend the next three years making an outstanding launch lineup for the next console, whereas Microsoft need to keep their fans onside with some decent releases before then. Showing their already announced games, reviving some old franchises, giving us some re-
DEEP DIVE: We’ll get extended gameplay reveals for The Last of Us: Part 2 AND Ghost of Tsushima. Days Gone has also become Sony’s Crackdown 3; they should set a firm release date, and show a short, punchy demo that gets people excited. -
GOD OF WAR DLC: Much like last years Horizon: Zero Dawn (a sequel to which I am fully expecting to see announced at E3 this year), I reckon Sony Santa Monica will drop a ‘Frozen Wilds’ style single player DLC for God of War, due later this year. -
JAPAN STUDIO: Since the Shadow of the Colossus remake they produced alongside Bluepoint, we don’t know what these folks are up to. Yet another new IP would be fantastic, but it will likely be a ways off. Definitely a 2019 release, but a teaser of something is possible. -
MEDIA MOLECULE: They need to show their hand with Dreams. We get an extended gameplay demo, and a firm release date. -
In many ways, E3 2017 was a transitional year. A chance for the big dogs to unveil extended looks at stuff we already knew was coming. There were of course a number of neat surprises; EA’s Anthem is potentially their take on a Destiny style experience, and Ubisoft blew us away with a left field reveal of Beyond Good and Evil 2. But with E3 2018 just around the corner, and a lot of big titles now released into the wild (Super Mario Odyssey, God of War, Sea of Thieves), the conferences from Microsoft, Sony, EA, Bethesda, and Ubisoft, as well as Nintendo’s latest Direct, will surely prove fertile ground for some megaton announcements.
BETS AND DREAMS?
We’ve broken down our thoughts into ‘Bets’ and ‘Dreams’. The former detailing exactly what we expect to see, and the latter a wish list of potential surprises that would make this E3 an unforgettable few days. This year, we’ve added ‘Kurrrazy Dreams’ -
Gears of War is still a fantastic multiplayer experience. But if they’re going to make a potential Gears 5 feel fresh, they need to keep building on the winning formula.
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A GOOD LYLAT WARS GAME: I still play Lylat Wars on the N64 a lot. I would love to see Nintendo actually put some effort into making another game in the series, rather than their most recent attempt. -
ANIMAL CROSSING: With the success of Stardew Valley, an Animal Crossing game is just a matter of time. I think it could well happen at this show, but Nintendo have a lot of franchises they can draw on and you never know what they will pick. -
VIRTUAL CONSOLE: It is totally absurd that legacy games aren’t supported on Switch. And no. I don’t count the Neo Geo ports. I want to be able to load up my Switch’s SD card with the finest N64 and Gamecube titles from yesteryear. Please Reggie! -
MARIO PARTY: This is the year. I can feel it. A new Mario Party game, launching this year. Come on Nintendo. Make it happen! -
ANIMAL CROSSING: This is the year. I can… Ok you get the idea. -
BATTLEFIELD 1943 MADE BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE: This would have the potential to steal the show for me, which shows how much I loved the original XBLA game. Allowing us to play it again would be a shrewd move. They could also consider a full-
RESPAWN'S STAR WARS GAME: I think this might be too similar to Anthem to show, but I would love to see some gameplay footage so we know just what to expect. -
A SEQUEL TO CRITERION’S BLACK: It will never happen. But a man can dream. This game was ambitious, with a combination of highly stylised cutscenes and a dark story. The shooting felt heavy, and the destruction tech was super impressive for consoles of the time. -
ELDER SCROLLS/FALLOUT REMASTER: With Bethesda showing they are not averse to milking previous releases (how many Skyrim versions are there now?), it wouldn't surprise me to see Oblivion or Morrowind get a full remaster. And I'd love it. The fact that we've seen them added to Microsoft's backwards compatibility list does make it less likely, however. -
NEW ELDER SCROLLS: Too early for this, which is why it's a dream. I think we'll see it next year though. -
OBSIDIAN/NON BETHESDA FALLOUT GAME: You can see that I only play two series of Bethesda games, but regardless, New Vegas was a great Fallout game and I would love to see something else built on the Fallout 3 engine with a different team. -
ONGOING SWITCH SUPPORT: I’d like them to keep the good times going with continued support for Nintendo’s hybrid console. -
NEW RAINBOW SIX GAME: I haven't played much of Siege as I miss the co-
PRINCE OF PERSIA HD COLLECTION: Man I’d be all over this. And what a great way to announce a surprise sequel! This could be their Uncharted! And what a great way to close out their conference! I’m saying great too many times. Regardless, this would be… great. -
As DJ Khaled would say: ANOTHER ONE!
I want Conker to come back so bad he now appears in two screenshots.
MICROSOFT & NINTENDO LOVE-
SPACE OF THIEVES: It’s the Microsoft press conference. Phil says he has one more thing. The lights go dark. Is it Halo? Gears of War? No. It’s the Rare logo. Which dissolves into Nebula dust. A star field fades into view, as a Guardians of the Galaxy style ship flies past the screen. Creedence Clearwater Revival is being jammed out of every speaker. It’s basically Sea of Thieves… IN SPACE. You can command 1 -