What to Expect From E3 2017
With E3 just around the corner, gamers everywhere will soon crowd around their television and computer screens. If you were lucky enough to purchase tickets to the event, then you will have yourself a front row seat to all of the amazing games publishers will be releasing for the next few years.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo has become a massive event in the gaming industry, and only the biggest names get to stand up on stage and announce their big plans. Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda, and EA are some of the major companies, but the actual show floor is also a hot bed of brand new content from up and coming developers.
E3 began in 1995 as a consumer showcase to legitimize gaming as it’s own serious industry. Since 1995, video games have become a massive 91 billion industry that has roots in every corner of the globe, and has infiltrated other industries with its presence.
Electronic Arts (EA):
EA’s E3 Press Conference kicks off the show on June 10th at 3pm Eastern Time. While not my cup of tea, you can expect EA to hit hard with their long line of sports games. FIFA 18, Madden 18, and NBA Live 18. EA has also confirmed a new installment into their Need For Speed series of racing games.
There’s also the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront 2. Last we heard of this game, all we got was a cinematic trailer for the new single player mode which was omitted from the previous entry in the series.
The new Battlefront game has promised content from the original trilogy, the prequels, and the new modern generation of movies such as The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and hopefully we’ll see some of that content during EA’s conference.
Microsoft will hit the E3 stage the following day at 5 pm Eastern Time. No surprises here, but everyone is expecting Microsoft to open the floodgates on the Xbox Scorpio. The Scorpio is the codename for Microsoft’s new 4k/60fps Xbox console, which I went into detail in a previous article.
Name, price, and projected release date are all fine and dandy, but what gamers really want are the pretty visuals; as the new console will surely be accompanied by visuals from Microsoft’s biggest games (think Gears of War 4, or Forza) running on the scorpio hardware.
With all this new console hype, we will still be seeing some games, so don’t you worry. Everyone is expecting to see news on the new Crackdown 3 and Rare Studios new IP Sea Of Thieves.
Following Microsoft’s conference will be the popular RPG developer Bethesda at 10 pm. While Bethesda has confirmed to be working on two big projects, they have also confirmed that neither are related to their Fallout or Elder Scrolls franchises. This means, brand new IP.
Bethesda has had a long legacy of pumping out amazing games, so I’m not worried in the least about these new games, and am excited to see what I’ll be hoarding in Bethesda’s new adventures.
PC Gaming Show:
For the third year in a row, the PC gaming community will have representation at E3 in the form of a PC gaming show. Sponsored by Intel, big heads of computing will grace the stage at the Ace Hotel to present new hardware and software. Expect to see new innovations in VR and Esports as these two juggernauts have dominated the field of computer gaming.
Never one to be outdone, Ubisoft will take the stage at 4pm after the PC gaming show. Ubisoft has taken a year off from their popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, but recent leaks have pushed Ubisoft to confirm a new installment known as Assassin’s Creed: Origins. So a gameplay trailer should definitely be prepared as the game is set to release some time this year.
Far Cry 5 would also be nice to see, as we heard an official announcement the previous week. Rumors state the game takes place in modern day Montana, in which the player will be at odds with a religious cult leader in a small desert town. I’ve always been a big fan of both franchises, so this has me very excited, and if we get any more interesting platformers from Ubisoft’s Montreal studio, then Ubisoft might steal the show for me.
Oh wait scratch that, I forgot what comes in at 9pm on the 12th, Playstation’s conference. Looking at the list alone is making me retract my previous statement.
For starters, we’ve got the Crash Bandicoot trilogy remake, Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy, and The Last of Us 2, and that’s all Naughty Dog alone. We’ve got Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, which continues to confuse gamers year after year with its odd visuals.
Sony has been very quiet on its biker zombie survival game (best combination of four words ever) Days Gone, so we can expect to see more from that world. Destiny 2, Call of Duty, Detroit: Becoming Human, Shenmue 3, God of War, the Final Fantasy 7 remake. This list makes me cream my pants.
While not part of E3 proper, Nintendo will definitely be in the event spirit with a Nintendo direct at 12 am on the 13th. The Switch can definitely do with some more first party games, Super Mario Odyssey is still on track to be released by the end of this year, and we haven’t seen much by means of story.
I wouldn’t mind seeing some new accessories hit the market, maybe custom Joy-Cons for specific games, such as a camera grip for oh say, a sequel to Pokémon Snap (Nintendo, please).
Rumors speculate that Nintendo may announce their third installment in this generation of Pokémon games, as Nintendo has trademarked the name “Pokémon Stars". The more astute reader will notice that this follows closely with Nintendo’s naming convention for the Pokémon franchise.
So, that’s E3, but there are so many more games to talk about. As the days progress, we’ll get more and more news on these first party games, and I haven’t even touched up the indie scene. The E3 floor should definitely be jam packed with entertaining adventures for the public.
Which one are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments.