Continuing on our E3 2017 prediction journey, today we’re taking a closer look at all of the various third party companies out there. It’s a lot of ground to cover for sure, so I’m going to try and stick to the major companies.
We all know Red Dead Redemption 2 is a thing that is hopefully coming
sometime later this year (2018 now!), but Rockstar seems to have an aversion to all things E3 so I’m not sure we’ll be seeing it at the show, rather in its own separate event. Who knows, perhaps we could get a trailer or something?
I’m also fully expecting to see CD Projekt RED finally reveal Cyberpunk 2077 as well. That game has been in development for what seems like ages and you’d have to think that the fan favorite studio is finally in a state where they can show off something.
So I’ve gone ahead and lumped many of the bigger companies together into one post. Here’s what I’m thinking for Ubisoft, EA, Activision, and Bethesda.
Considering we’ve recently gotten games for most of their popular franchises like Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, The Division, and Rainbow Six, with new titles like For Honor and Steep mixed in, what else could Ubisoft be hiding?
Well, the company spoiled their E3 show by basically announcing a whole ton of stuff. You may have forgotten but South Park: The Fractured But Whole is still in active development, so expect to see more on this one. The Crew 2 was also name dropped along with Far Cry 5. Details were of course not revealed for either but in terms of Far Cry, it looks like fans will be heading to Montana to explore the untapped wilds.
As expected, the existence of a new Assassin’s Creed was also confirmed, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering that the franchise and lead development studio have been on hiatus from each other for a few years at this point. If recent rumors are any indication, it looks like we’ll be exploring some sort of ancient civilization, potentially Egypt.
While I’m a little skeptical, I’d love to see a new Splinter Cell title as well as Ubisoft Toronto knocked Blacklist out of the park. I absolutely want more from them.
Electronic Arts is once again doing their own thing this year, but don’t expect them to be light on announcements. Outside of Madden and FIFA, Star Wars Battlefront II will no doubt be their centerpiece title this year and I’m guessing we’ll be seeing that multiplayer in action for the first time. The next Need for Speed has already been confirmed to be at the show and releasing later this year as well.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the next expansion detailed for Battlefield 1 and maybe new content for Titanfall 2 as well. I’m also hoping we’ll get to see more of Amy Hennig’s Star Wars project at Visceral, mainly because EA has been teasing us about it for years now, with not much to show for it outside of concept art and incredibly short teaser videos.
Personally, I’d love to see some sort of new single player expansion announced for Mass Effect Andromeda, but with rumors swirling that BioWare Montreal has moved on to other projects and the Mass Effect franchise put on hold, I’m thinking that is no longer likely. A pity.
Speaking of BioWare, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing something on their mysterious new IP known as Dylan. Expect a CG trailer at most.
Their show begins and ends with two games: Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WW2. Not much else needs to be said.
This year Bethesda is more of a wild card than usual and the only thing I’m fairly confident on with them is that Machinehead Games is finally ready to reveal that new Wolfenstein game they’ve been working on. You know, the one they very quickly teased last year? Don’t be surprised to see an appearance by the upcoming PC title Quake Champions as well.
I’d also like to say that Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and/or DOOM will be there, but I feel like it’s too soon for any of them, especially with how slowly both Bethesda Game Studios and id Software like to work. Since Fallout and the Elder Scrolls like to alternate, who knows, perhaps we’ll get a teaser trailer for the next core Elder Scrolls game.
Does anyone else feel like we’re overdue for some Dishonored 2 DLC news? Teh game launched last November and there hasn’t been even a whiff of DLC talk. My gut tells me they’re saving something for E3. Considering the high quality of the last story based expansions for Dishonored, I’m excited to see what Arkane does here.
Lastly, Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within could also make a reappearance at this show as well, as that franchise has been very quiet these past couple of years.