I realize we are still about seven weeks away from the glorious event that is E3, but the show, and its inevitable surprises, have been on my mind.
First of all, I have a confession. I had made it my private goal to try to attend E3 this year. And as soon as the requirements were listed for entry, I was moderately crushed. So crushed that I allowed myself 24 hours to have the ultimate pity party, and then got the heck over it.
It turned out I was eligible on two accounts, but not the other two. Perhaps if my site/writing/etc. receive more attention in the next year, I will be able to attend E3 2016 and write all about it.
It’s my goal.
Now then, these predictions are solely my own, and drawn from the information available out there. Some may seem like slam dunks, and others like conjecture, but here they are.
As most of us are aware, for the first time ever, Bethesda is having their own press conference. This immediately launched a storm of speculation, but let’s take a look at the probabilities.
It seems likely that Doom will get attention, as will Dishonored 2. The last Doom (Doom II) was released in 2010, and Dishonored was released in 2012. We know both are in development so perhaps we will get a better look at both, and maybe, just maybe, a couple of release dates. If we saw a holiday release for Dishonored 2, I would be ecstatic.
The heavy hitters are, of course, the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. Fallout 3 was released in 2008, and New Vegas made its appearance in 2010. Five years out makes it seem highly likely that Fallout 4 may be the big announcement.
A further, but possible, announcement would be a new entry in the Elder Scrolls series. Elder Scrolls 3 was released in 2002, Elder Scrolls 4 in 2006, and Elder Scrolls 5 in 2011. With first a four year gap in release, then a five year gap, one would estimate we wouldn’t see an Elder Scrolls 6 until at least 2016. I see it as a strong possibility that, at the very least, an announcement for Elder Scrolls 6 is made.
If any combination of these predictions are remotely true, there will be a chaos of happiness. And that I’d like to see.
It’s been fairly quiet on the That Game Company front as of late. Yes, they recently announced that the PS4 version of Journey would at long last be making its appearance this year, otherwise, they have been silent on their current project.
Flow released in 2006, Flower in 2009, and Journey in 2012, so it would be safe to assume their current game may also have a three year gestation. If that is the case, their next entry could be seen this year. At the very least, I anticipate an announcement and possibly a release date.
I can imagine a plethora of release dates will finally be announced. Among these, I suspect we will hear the arrival dates for the following:
Dead Island 2
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Homefront: The Revolution
Just Cause 3
No Man’s Sky
Rainbow Six: Siege
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Then again, some of those might be wishful thinking.
And at that, here are my top 3 long shots:
The Last Guardian is starting to turn into a video game myth of Nessie or Bigfoot proportions: rumored but never proven. Sure we have heard Sony claim it was being “retooled” and sure we have heard that the creative director ceased his work on the project quite some time ago, but still, something keeps us all holding out hope that this will make it to fruition.
With the shift of the next Uncharted out of 2015, many have claimed that Sony needs to pull out all the stops to show it has a holiday season worth joining the Playstation masses for.
The Last Guardian just might do that.
I have no doubt the game exists in some form. I have no doubt the “retooling” was a shift in platform from PS3 to PS4, but at this point, I am concerned for the reception of the game no matter how incredible it may be.
After so many years of anticipation, what will satiate the masses who have waited with bated breath?
Hopefully it comes out of hiding for E3. I imagine the joy could be heard ’round the internet if it comes to be.
I would love to hear both Sony and Microsoft announce larger console sizes. As anyone who owns a current gen system knows, the standard 500GB drive just isn’t big enough for game installs, day one patches, all other patches, and digital downloads. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to “clean house” on my system to make room for all the other delicious games I want to play.
And on that note, I’d love for PS+ to give us just a bit more room for cloud saves. That gets filled up so fast.
Okay, I’m more than willing to admit this is simply wishful thinking. I know Randy Pitchford has stated at every con from here to there that Borderlands 3 isn’t in production, but methinks he dost protest too much. There’s no way Gearbox would leave their most profitable franchise in the dust for so long.
Borderlands released in 2009, Borderlands 2 in 2012, and with three years between those releases, it seems more than likely that Borderlands 3 is not only in production, but perhaps well along. Yes, we had the Pre-Sequel last year, but that was developed outside Gearbox. We know some key things have changed for 2K and Gearbox (closure and departures), and with the exception of finding it unfortunate that people lost their jobs at 2K Australia, I feel like the loss of Burch and Armstrong won’t necessarily hurt the next entry.
As I will tell you all day long, the first Borderlands is my favorite. It didn’t beat you over the head trying to be funny, it didn’t provide endless input, it just was. It was quietly hilarious; if you read the missions and mission items, you were treated to a genuinely amusing experience. In Borderlands 2 you were beat over the head with it. I far prefer the spare aspects of the first game over the craziness of the second. I feel if they combine the first with the second, there can be a happy medium of an experience to be had.
Do I really think an announcement will be made for Borderlands 3? Not really. Am I hoping for it so hard that it makes my head hurt? Yes. I super am.
And with that, you have my predictions (and hopes) for E3.
What are your thoughts about E3 2015? What do you expect to see? What do you hope to see? Let’s share and feel good about it.