So Ubisoft then. Well, No Assassin’s Creed this year. Doesn’t mean no teaser, but don’t expect any gameplay. The same can be assumed for Far cry as well. South Park, The Fractured But Whole, For Honour and Ghost Recon: WIldlands are all but guaranteed to be getting release dates and big features, I would also expect another look at the Division expansion. Maybe we will see Watch Dogs 2. But I want to hope they’re keeping that all to its little announcement ceremony before E3 proper. Because otherwise it’s just likely to give people snark to work with. And there’s always the persistent hope that Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Prince of Persia will appear.
Bethesda had their first conference last year, and it was easily one of the most impressive. But that was largely due to the presence of Doom and the hype for Fallout 4. Now, can they match up?
Pre-E3 Pre Amble. Not technically going with a conference this year, EA is hosting EA Play Events in Los Angeles and London, but also broadcasting their new trailers in a timed message around about the same moment. So nothing really changed then for the majority of the audience watching at home.
All of the following times are UK. As is my tradition, recaps and reactions are going to be going up shortly after each one is completed.
So E3 this year has begun early, with multiple new titles all being unveiled in the weeks prior to the event. The thinking behind all of this is that the games won’t be lost in the crush of the main conferences, or get overshadowed by bigger, more entertaining announcements. So in that respect, let’s look at this crush of games that all hit at once and that I’m gonna lump together.
So Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Just Cause 3 and Final Fantasy 7 remake More Tomb Raider hopefully Kingdom Hearts 3 is overdue some footage as well FF15 and FF14 Heavensward news seems likely too. Life is Strange has been one of my highlights of the year so far, so hopefully we will see some more risky smaller investments by Square Enix in this vein.
Smash has already been covered, won’t be here. Roy, Ryu, Lucas, Miiverse stage, Dreamland and Ryu’s Stage, plus the promises of Original Smash’s Hyrule Castle and Peach’s Castle. Plus Mii Costumes from splatoon, megaman, Retro studio is teasing something with “can you dig it?” This is almost certainly not metroid. Calm yourselves people and assume we’re seeing more Donkey Kong On the amiibo front, Animal crossing, 8 bit Mario, amiibo cards, leaked from Nintendo Spain. Platinum are teasing something big, and possibly for wiiU, maybe bayo3 or Wonderful 102. Earthbound beginnings. Mother as a virtual console game for western release. Already out. NWC reveal. Blastball, 3DS sports title, 3v3 mecha soccer style game. Unveiled at NWC Mario Maker now Super Mario Maker, Unveiled at NWC We’re overdue for a pokemon announcement, more mario kart DLC seems likely. Star fox news seems likely here Iwata not showing up, no new hardware to show.
Uncharted 4 is the big draw here, alongside No Man’s Sky, both of which we will be hoping for release dates and new gameplay. Volume will probably make a new appearance, Mike Bithell is about the conference with a build. Bloodborne expansion should be coming up soon enough, hints here to take advantage of the games ridiculous sales. We may see Destiny stuff here, and the lack of Call of Duty stuff in Microsoft’s conference makes me suspect that exclusivity has switched sides. Morpheus maybe? Some sort of answer to Microsoft’s news in the last few weeks. We do have news that Fallout 4 is probably going to feature mods as well as the Xbone. In addition, Sony’s conference last year had serious pacing issues, hopefully this year will be slightly more apt.
Preamble: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will be the big one here, gameplay sequence seems likely, I would hope very much we’ll be seeing the female assassin character, help smooth over last year’s faux pas. In addition, the continuation of the Assassin Creed: Chronicle spin offs seems likely here. Hopefully more from their indie teams, Grow Home, Valiant Hearts, Child of Light etc really made good grounds for Ubi in the last few years, so support for them would be lovely. The Division is now really overdue for a confirmed ship date and more up to date gameplay displays, hopefully we get this soon. Rainbow Six Siege will probably be big enough draw, looking to give a bit of Tom Clancy credibility to proceedings.
Preamble: So I came out of last year with a great deal of hope. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, hopefully gameplay, hopefully no guns Battlefront, we need to see a match. We just do at this point, people have enough concerns We will probably see the usual array of FIFA and Madden, as well as more DLC for Hardline and Inquisition. Need for Speed reboot is gonna be shown off. Bioware maybe? Show off more mass effect for next year? Possibly even any more Star Wars stuff?