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The E3 Prediction Extravaganza

It’s that time of year yet again. E3 is upon us, speculation is rife and the gaming landscape is about to change dramatically once more.

2017 is going to be an important year for Xbox and PlayStation as both of their consoles are well established now that they are nearly 4 years into their lifecycles. Now is the time that we need to see big exclusive games and new IP’s making a splash. Developers are familiar with the technology, now is the time to capitalise on it. The PlayStation 4 already has a leg up in this department, with the launch of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5 and more this year already. Xbox One on the other hand is lagging behind somewhat in the games department as of late with the disappointing releases of Halo Wars 2 and ReCore.

Speaking of technology, Microsoft will fully unveil Project Scorpio (their super charged version of the Xbox One) and it will be interesting to see what it can really do.

Nintendo on the other hand have just released the Switch and E3 will be a great opportunity to capitalise on the success of their critically acclaimed games that they’re released so far.

We’ll also be seeing what’s new from publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and more.

We can only speculate for now, but let’s break down what we can possibly expect from the big players as well as other announcements that may sneak their way into the show.

Sony/PlayStation (Tuesday 13th June, 2am BST)

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The PlayStation 4 has been in a good place for years, still riding the hype wave from its initial reveal in 2013. This year however will see the end of them being able to claim that they have the most powerful console on the market with the launch of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio.

Sony need to hammer home game after game this year – and to be fair, they’re already on it. Days Gone, Death Stranding; Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Last of Us: Part II; Ni no Kuni 2 and Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy have all been announced and if more games get added onto the top of this already impressive pile then the PlayStation 4 need not worry about being a less powerful console than its rival.

Hopefully PlayStation VR gets good representation this year too and doesn’t fall by the wayside like the PS Vita and PS Move. Cheap and affordable VR that is of a high quality is still something that is difficult to come by. If PSVR gets a must-have killer app, then it would ultimately set VR on course for massive mainstream adoption by consumers.

What we can expect –

  • Continued partnership between Activision/PlayStation on Destiny 2/Call of Duty.
  • Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII will be shown at the press conference and beta dates will be announced for them.
  • Death Stranding won’t be shown at E3 (confirmed by Hideo Kojima as the game is heavy in development).
  • More God of War, Days Gone and Knack 2 info
  • Insomniac’s Spider-Man game gets a gameplay reveal
  • LawBreakers on PS4 gameplay

What we can hope for –

  • Crash Team Racing remastered announcement
  • PSVR getting a solid presence
  • Modern Warfare Remastered is releasing standalone
  • The ability to change our PSN ID’s
  • PlayStation Now getting a complete overhaul, hopefully resulting in a form of backwards compatibility that isn’t terrible

Microsoft/Xbox (Sunday 11th June, 11pm BST)

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All eyes will be on the Xbox press conference this year with their big unveiling of Project Scorpio (or whatever it’ll be called after the fact). Whilst they’ll have the most powerful games console on the market, Microsoft need to go heavy on the exclusive games this year. The cancellation of Scalebound and the quietness surrounding Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and Cuphead hasn’t been boding well for them. They need to stop relying on franchises such as Halo and Gears of War and take some risks. They need to appeal to a wider audience and they absolutely need a killer app that isn’t also available on the PC.

Microsoft’s insistence on bringing all of their exclusives to PC as well as console has ultimately hurt the Xbox platform more than anything over the past year or so. If sales haven’t been to their liking I can foresee them pulling out of releasing games on the PC and going all in on Scorpio.

What we can expect –

  • Project Scorpio’s release name and full specs
  • Project Scorpio’s price and release date
  • More on Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2
  • An ID@Xbox montage of new games coming out
  • More Minecraft
  • A list of already released games that will be getting updated to support Scorpio
  • A reminder about Xbox Game Pass

What we can hope for –

  • A myriad of exclusive franchises to go with the launch of Scorpio
  • Project Scorpio will launch in November 2017 for £400/£500
  • DayZ coming to game preview
  • More emphasis on console exclusives
  • A release date for Cuphead
  • HTC Vive/Oculus support for Project Scorpio

Nintendo (Tuesday 13th June, 5pm BST)

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Nintendo won’t have a typical press conference at E3 again this year, instead giving us an hour long Nintendo Direct presentation. We’ll definitely be seeing a big emphasis on Super Mario Odyssey (in much the same way Breath of the Wild was in the lime light last year) alongside Splatoon 2 and Arms.

Nintendo have enjoyed a good degree of success so far with the Switch and definitely want to keep up the momentum with a few new game announcements to keep their install base interested as well as reassure people about their – frankly confusing – paid online service.

As well as the Switch, the 3DS will definitely have a presence given the recently announced Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon.

What we can expect –

  • Super Mario Odyssey gameplay reveal
  • More info on Splatoon 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle officially announced
  • More on Pokkén Tournament DX
  • More details on Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • New mobile game announcements
  • New amiibo collections

What we can hope for –

  • New F-Zero and Metroid
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon is actually on the Switch after all
  • A host of new indie game announcements
  • A tease of a new Super Smash Bros.

Electronic Arts (Saturday 10th June, 8pm BST)

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EA are a strange beast. Their press conferences are the most trivial and predictable of the lot. Nothing ever seems to impress, but we can always hold out hope that this year might be slightly different.

What we can expect –

  • Star Wars game galore
  • Sports, Sports, Sports
  • Mobile games
  • Battlefield 1: In The Name Of The Tsar showcase
  • A new indie game shown off/more info on Fe

What we can hope for –

  • A new Dead Space
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda single player DLC
  • Any kind of new IP

Ubisoft (Monday 12th June, 9pm BST)

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Like EA, Ubisoft very rarely seem to show off anything of interest or things that we already know about. They’ve taken the latter approach this year announcing Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and a new Assassin’s Creed before the show even starts.

We’ll also likely see those typical cringe inducing moments that Ubisoft are famous for this year again too.

What we can expect –

  • Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and Assassin’s Creed to be shown off
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle shown off before Nintendo Direct
  • Just Dance sequel…
  • Maximum cringe

What we can hope for –

  • A Ubisoft conference that doesn’t reduce people to tears
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 would be good

Bethesda (Monday 12th June, 5am BST)

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Bethesda will be waking us in the UK up in the early hours of the morning again to get details on any of their new projects. There are rumblings of sequels to existing franchises and hopefully we’ll see some new IP as well. We can only hope that the overly enthusiastic woman who screamed at anything related to Elder Scrolls won’t be making an appearance this year.

What we can expect –

  • More Quake Champions info
  • Elder Scrolls Online still exists
  • Skyrim on Switch shown off for the first time
  • Fallout/Doom VR gameplay
  • Our yearly Elder Scrolls Legends reminder

What we can hope for –

  • A sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Dishonored 2/Prey DLC
  • New IP
  • Elder Scrolls VI tease

Despite all of the cringe and inevitable disappointment that many of us will feel from games that didn’t get announced and dreams that never came true, it’s undeniable that E3 is an exciting time of year for the entire gaming industry. What are you looking forward to this year? Are any of the predictions listed above what you hope to see too?

Leave a comment down below to let us know!

About Jamie (14 Articles)
Founder of The Shoulder Button and contributor for bigredbarrel.com. I like video games, kit-kats and jelly babies (I only write about one of those things though).

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