As the cold air settles down and the warmer weather becomes more frequent it can only mean one thing and that is E3! E3 a.k.a The Electronic Entertainment Expo is a yearly gaming convention held out in Los Angeles, CA where all the biggest gaming companies/developers come out to show brand new and highly anticipated video game titles. If you are a gamer, this is the equivalent of a second Christmas. What makes E3 the most unique are its press conferences that involve big publishers like Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo and Microsoft. Each publisher gets an hour time slot to go out on stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center and address what games we can expect by the end of the year and brand new reveals for the years to come.
So like any other gaming journalist, it is only proper to do an annual E3 prediction segment. But this time around I thought I would do mine a few months out before all the leaks and rumors start to crawl up and see what I can get right with a clear mind. In this piece, I will make my predictions for the Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo conferences down below. So let's get to Microsoft!
A Bigger Presence of AAA Exclusive Titles
If there is one area where the Xbox One is severely lacking is in its exclusive games category. Of course the Halo and Gears of War franchises' are still alive and there were some good exclusives like Sunset overdrive and Quantum Break. But Microsoft does not have the heavy hitters like the used to back in the day. This needs to change. But with Xbox chief Phil Spencer stating back in November 2017 that they are pursuing new game developers to publish more exclusive titles, I am saying that this has actually been in the works for a while. And this E3 Spencer and crew are going to give us multiple reasons why the Xbox One still deserves to be a huge talking point in the gaming landscape.
Announcement of More Remakes/Remasters
With the recent extreme success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and the Shadow of the Colossus remakes, it is only necessary for Sony to keep pumping these out. The recent trend of Sony making their games "from the ground up" have proven to be a great formula and have actually given customers a huge incentive to buy their product. With franchises like Spyro, Jak and Daxter and Ico there are so many possibilities for Sony with these remakes. I can definitely see Sony announcing a new remake this E3, with my fingers being crossed for a Jak and Daxter trilogy remake.
We Will Get Our First Glimpse at The Last of Us 2 Gameplay
With the first reveal of The Last of Us 2 now dating back to December 2016, I think it is only fitting that we finally get to see some glorious gameplay of this highly-anticipated sequel at this E3. Naughty Dog has been super secretive about this title and all lips have been completely sealed from Sony, so a big unveiling during this years E3 just feels right. Especially with an apparent 2019 release date being thrown around, it is a most definite guarantee that we will finally see Joel and Ellie reunite at E3 later this year.
Fallout 4 Will Come To The Nintendo Switch
With Skyrim and DOOM proving to be huge sales successes for Nintendo, it gives them absolutely no reason to continue this recent trend. Bethesda has shown to be one of Nintendo's biggest partners throughout the Switches life and for Bethesda to bring their biggest franchise over to the switch makes perfect sense. While I am sure more hardcore fans of the series would rather have Fallout 3 or New Vegas ported over, odds are it would be the most recent Fallout 4. This would be another huge win for both Nintendo and Bethesda and would just give another reason as to what makes the Nintendo Switch so great.
Fortnite: Battle Royale Will Come To Switch
Incase you have been living under a rock for the past 3 months, Fortnite: Battle Royale is currently the biggest video game on the planet. It's Hunger Games esc-style has taken the world by storm (no pun intended) and it would be absolutely perfect for the Nintendo Switch. Of course, Battle Royale is already portable with its Mobile version, but imagine the true console experience on the go without touch controls. With cross platform play also a huge feature, playing Battle Royale anywhere with your buddies on any console (except PS4) sounds like the perfect fit for the Switch.
So what do you guys think will go down at E3? Half-Life 3? The Playstation 5? Let us know in the comments below!