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We’re at the doorstep of E3 and excitement all around the internet is growing. We’ve seen some explosive leaks, first looks, and major announcements the past several weeks. Professionals and fans alike are trying to analyze all the tweets and teases in an effort to find out ahead of time what will be shown during the event. It’s like a collective attempt to peak at Christmas gifts before Christmas morning. The past few years have been packed with blockbuster triple-A experiences and charming yet addictive indie games and at the heart of it all are annual gaming events, one of the biggest of these, of course, is E3. Since we are mere days away, I thought I’d join in the fun and share my predictions for some of what we’ll see shown at this year’s expo.
1. Square Enix shows their Avengers game: This seems like kind of safe bet since it’s been awhile since their initial announcement and Square Enix is holding their own press conference, which we don’t see very often. E3 is the perfect stage for them to finally show what’s going on with this high profile game, especially since the game will likely cater to a more western audience.
2. Xbox shows a new, exclusive cinematic IP: My prediction is that XBox has something under their belt to compete with Sony’s first party titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last of Us, Uncharted, and God of War. These are all very cinematic experiences played from a third person perspective and I think they will show a new IP with follow this same approach.
3. Pokemon Switch gameplay and release window: Well, Nintendo beat me to it. I had actually made this list back on May 11th and at the time there was a lot of speculation that Pokemon would be shown if it was destined to be a 2018 title but nothing was certain at the time. Since then, Nintendo and Pokemon Company made it official when they held a conference to announce the new titles named Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Not only did they show footage and give them an actual title but they even gave the actual release date, Nov 16, rather than just a generic time frame. I could take the win on this prediction but where’s the fun in that? Instead, I’m scratching this and coming up with a new prediction. 3. Sucker Punch’s: Ghost of Tsushima gets gameplay footage and release window: Nope, can’t use this one either. I was preempted by Sony on this prediction. While we don’t know what exactly will be shown or what information will be provided, we do know for a fact that the game will make an appearance at the expo. The game was first announced back in December during Sony’s Playstation Experience event but was only given a short teaser so it certainly seemed plausible we would get more information. I could probably still count this but again, I want to try and guess things we don’t know for sure will be shown.
3. Animal Crossing announced for Switch: Finally, a prediction that hasn’t already been confirmed. This one I’m actually pretty bummed hasn’t been leaked/announced ahead of the show. Animal Crossing is one of my most anticipated games for the console so I’m crossing (heh) my fingers as hard as I can that this gets announced. The more leaks and confirmed info we get from Nintendo prior to E3, the less likely the chances of this being announced, at least in my opinion. With so many games all but confirmed for the big show, I can’t help but think there isn’t enough room for another reveal of this magnitude.
4. Bloodborne 2 announcement: Bloodborne, created by From Software, is a Playstation 4 exclusive title that is still one of my favorite games of this console generation. It is a spin off title of the popular Dark Souls series. Bloodborne offered fast-paced combat with cleverly designed weapons, set in a beautifully haunting Lovecraftian environment. I actually expected the sequel to be announced at Sony’s E3 2017 conference but, sadly, that did not happen. Sony has already announced their first party titles that will appear at their show but this would make an absolutely fantastic surprise third party title.
5. Bethesda announces the Elder Scrolls 6: A long shot, for sure, but I think there’s a chance. The past couple Bethesda conferences have centered around expansions for their online rendition of the Elder Scrolls, titled Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). With an expansion for ESO released in May, we won’t see this taking up time during the conference. They also announced and released many of their major titles like Wolfenstein 2, The Evil Within 2, and Dishonored 2 DLC last year so they will need some heavy hitters this year, none of which would be bigger than an Elder Scrolls 6 announcement.
Ridiculously safe prediction: I thought it’d be fun to pick something that was almost a guarantee but not confirmed. For this I’m saying Fortnite gets announced for Nintendo Switch. Again, I made the original draft of this list back on May 11th where there hadn’t been any substantial information but was such a safe prediction to make. I don’t think there wasn’t anyone that thought this announcement wouldn’t be made. Since then, through the numerous leaks and rumors this is another title that’s all but confirmed.
That’s it for my list. We are just days away and I’m excited to see what I got right, what I got wrong, and what I never would have thought of.