Ready for this year’s E3? We’re here to help, with a look at the what the Big Three will be up to at next week’s events.
What we know: The company’s big Monday morning event will focus on games for the Xbox One, as well as at least something 360-related. It’s already shown off the box and given a release window, so it doesn’t have that to spend time on, and it’s also taken care of its annual Call of Duty showcase. There are 15 launch-year Microsoft releases for the One, and we know a handful already, like Forza Motorsport 5 and Quantum Break.
What we think we know: We’ll likely see a classic IP of sorts from Rare, based on vague comments and general rumbling. We’ll probably see more of Crytek’s Ryse, as well as at least one or two other Kinect-focused releases. As far as the 360 goes, there’s a lot that’s rumored to happen, from a price drop to a stripped-down Roku-competitor redesign.
What we want to know: Will it spend any time clarifying those confusing bursts of information after the Xbox One reveal? Probably not. Will it reveal a price? Also probably not. But, well, these are the things we want to know. A more realistic desire: seeing all 15 new games, including those 8 based on new IP.
What we know: The PS4 itself will be shown off next Monday night, after some teasing. Strangely enough, besides that, we actually know a lot more about the PS4’s lineup and architecture despite its event being much further away from launch, so expect more in-depth looks of the games we already know about: inFamous: Second Son, Knack, Driveclub and Killzone: Shadow Fall. We also will get some time covering Vita games like Tearaway. Unlike Microsoft, Sony has a batch of PS3 releases on the way, so at least some of the time will be spent with Puppeteer, Until Dawn, Beyond: Two Souls and possible last-minute plugging of The Last of Us. With the recent announcement, we’ll also see something about Gran Turismo 6; how covering two similar racing games will be handled should be interesting for presentation analysts like us.
What we think we know: We’ll definitely see more PS4 games than we know about, though don’t expect too many more first-party retail titles. This is the time to show off games like Destiny and Watch Dogs, which will get launch or launch-window releases, instead of far-off Sony projects. The industry saw the backlash from Nintendo’s Wii U “launch” marketing; that won’t happen again soon. Also, we hear there’s something big planned for Vita. This would be the time to see it.
What we want to know: The Last Guardian? It’s a project almost specifically tailored toward making Tokyo Game Show announcements, but if it’s not moving to PS4, it needs to release soon, and if it is, it’s going to be apparent whether it gets to announce it or not. Oh, also: a PS4 price would be great. Mostly, though, we want to see what Sony can do to make the Vita a viable platform without a Monster Hunter-fueled Japanese player base.
What we know: More than any other year, the Big N has been telegraphing its E3 plan in advance. We know we’ll see the new 3D Mario, the new Mario Kart and the new Smash Bros., and we also know the first two will be playable and releasing in the near future. The company also plans to focus its somewhat-modified E3 presence on the struggling Wii U, leaving its freight-train-like 3DS on the back burner. Even still, we’ll see more from big portable releases, like Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Pokemon X/Y and the new Zelda.
What we think we know: With the Tuesday morning Nintendo Direct focusing on Wii U, there will probably be some sort of secondary event for revealing new 3DS plans, but that hasn’t been announced yet. We’re expecting to finally hear about Retro Studios’ new project, but besides that, we generally know what all of Nintendo’s studios are up to at this point. Still, we’ll probably get better looks at Yoshi’s Yarn and other smaller-scale releases.
What we want to know: Has Nintendo’s partnership with Sega for Sonic: Lost World influenced the direction of the new Mario away from Galaxy-style worlds? Will we see more of announced projects like Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Bayonetta 2? And will the company even attempt to counter the other console announcements in some way, or just continue to play its own tune?