Instead of doing a traditional and more general E3 prediction post as I’ve done in years past, I figured it’d be more fun to take a deep dive in various topics this time. Rather than making a post for every third party, consider this my round up post. Click here to see the previous entries in this feature.
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For everything not related to the big three, I’ve gone ahead and created this makeshift catch all category for figuring out what the likes of the rest of the industry may be up to this year at the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo. Below you’ll be hearing from the likes of major companies such as Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA, Activision and anyone else that I was able to remember.
There’s probably way too many games to cover in this already broad category so if I don’t mention your favorite franchise or upcoming game, no hard feelings. There’s simply way too many games to write about here.
With that said, here’s a few of my thoughts on what might be at the show this year.
The Division – I’m really hoping that this game sticks to it’s 2015 release window and I’m betting we’ll get an update on that in addition to another compelling and totally bonkers gameplay demo. For the past two years, Ubisoft has been showing this game off at this event and I’d have to imagine that trend won’t change. I’m willing to guess that The Division won’t hit this calendar year either. As much as that pains me to say, Ubisoft confirmed that the game isn’t hitting until 2016 but is still slated for the 2015 fiscal year. For those of you wondering, a fiscal year starts on April 1 and ends on March 31, so technically, The Division could release as late as March 2016 and still fit the “2015 fiscal year” calendar. It sucks but with AC Syndicate and Rainbow Six Siege hitting this fall, The Division is probably better served coming early in 2016 rather than trying to stuff itself in with the rest.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – The game formerly known as “Victory” was officially revealed yesterday. Surprisingly, they also gave us a deep dive into the Victorian Era world that Assassin Jacob Frye and his sister Evie Frye are stepping into. Typically Ubisoft waits for E3 to reveal the first gameplay but decided to switch things up. Granted the footage we saw yesterday was all pre-alpha, I’d have to guess that Syndicate will be given a bigger spotlight and have a newer build to show off. So far, it’s a strong start for new franchise developer Ubisoft Quebec.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Traditionally the first place to see actual gameplay for the latest Call of Duty game is at E3. The trend will continue with Black Ops 3.
Battlefront III – This may be EA’s biggest release this year so of course they’re going to show it off. They’d be simply crazy not to.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Considering that it was recently announced last month, I’d imagine the “big” reveal for the game will be at the show this year. We’ve read all about it and have watched the announcement trailer, so now it’s time to really get the hype train moving and show off some actual gameplay.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – Recently revealed in the May issue of Game Informer, I’d be surprised if Activision didn’t bother to show off the first gameplay to the world on a stage like this. It’s been a long time since we last had a great skateboard game, so fan expectations are running high.
Other obvious game picks: Guitar Hero Live, Just Cause 3, Street Fighter 5
Fallout 4 – I had been debating whether or not to put this game in the “Obvious” category. At this point, it seems to be the big secret that everyone already knows about. The big rumor is that Bethesda carved out their own press conference in order to shine the spotlight brightly on the highly anticipated, yet no confirmed, Fallout 4. This is a game that’s been rumored for a long while with eagle-eyed fans even discovering that Bethesda had been doing research in the state of Massachusetts a couple years back. My hope is that Bethesda goes one step further to announce that the game will be coming later this year. Just imagine the insanity that would erupt. Just. Imagine.
Homefront: The Revolution – After a bit of drama last year and the entire development team switching from Crytek UK over to a new studio with Deep Silver (read about it here), this is a title that should be well into development. The good news is that the same team that was working on it, still is…just under a new name. From what was shown off last year, the game really looks interesting and completely disregards the first game. Probably a good idea considering that game released to mixed reviews and reception. I’m curious to see the progress the Dambuster Team has made since E3 last year.
New Mass Effect – After the concept heavy nature of EA’s presser last year, I’m confident that BioWare would be willing to show off something from the new Mass Effect we know they’re working on. If Criterion can show of concepts for a game that isn’t even really formed yet, BioWare should have more than enough to show fans where the next game is heading.
Dishonored 2 – It wouldn’t surprise me to see Arkane reveal the long awaited sequel to their acclaimed first person stealth game, Dishonored. I mean, a leaked screenshot last year, all but confirmed this game is coming, right?
Destiny DLC – I know “House of Wolves” is coming next week, but E3 is a great time to keep that hype train rolling right into the next DLC expansion. If rumors and leaks are correct, the next piece of DLC involves some sort of comet. With a recent trademark for the name “The Taken King” filed by Bungie, could that in some way be tied into the next DLC?
Visceral’s Star Wars Project – If you’re like me, you completely forgot that former Uncharted scribe, Amy Hennig, joined on with Visceral to work on the Star Wars project they had in development. Yes, it’s not all Battlefield Hardline over there. Here’s hoping that EA holds basically an hour of Star Wars gameplay between this and Battlefront III.
Final Fantasy XV – With Square Enix hosting their own press conference this year, don’t be surprised if they release some sort of trailer or new details on a FInal Fantasy game. My money is on XV.
Super Longshot Predictions
New Prince of Persia – I want a new game in this universe so badly that I’m going to list this every year until it happens. I’ll make it easy Ubisoft, you can set it in the Sand of Time universe again or in the 2007 game’s world. Doesn’t matter to me, just give me another entry in this long running franchise.
Splinter Cell aka Whatever Ubisoft Toronto is Working On – I was a massive fan of Ubisoft Toronto’s take on the Splinter Cell world when they release Blacklist a couple years back. It seemed to blend the best elements from previous games like Chaos Theory and Conviction together into one awesome package. Since then, the studio has been helping on other projects at Ubisoft like Far Cry 4 and even Assassin’s Creed Unity. That’s great and all, but I want to know what these talented folks are working on. Is it a new Splinter Cell which picks up after the events of Blacklist? What about a new Ghost Recon game? Perhaps a brand new IP? Hopefully we’ll get answers at E3 this year.
Criterion’s Next Racer – Granted they showed off some concepts last year around a potential new extreme racing game, we should get something of a trailer or an update at the very least this year, right? Maybe their ideas formed into a brand new Burnout game?
Darksiders 3 – Even though Nordic now owns the IP after the THQ firesale, the company has shown a big willingness to get a new game in the series made. With some of the former Vigil Games members creating their own studio with Gunfire Games, perhaps the two sides met and discussed development on a third title that was always originally planned. The team did confirm that they had been speaking to Nordic about the Darksiders IP, so you never know.
Borderlands 3 – Gearbos has mentioned the title, saying that it was being designed for “next-gen” systems, but that’s about all we’ve gotten on this new entry. Here’s hoping new details and information are released, maybe even a trailer?
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 – Sticking with Gearbox for a moment, remember when they released that pretty cool Brothers in Arms trailer which took the franchise in a completely new direction? We haven’t heard from that game in quite a long time (i.e. 2011), so wouldn’t E3 be the perfect opportunity to finally find out what became of it?