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E3 2014: Our Predictions

8:5108/06/2014Posted by D+PAD Staff2 Comments

It’s that time of year again, where (most of) then video game industry gathers in in sunny LA to reveal their plans for the year(s) to come and devotees of each platform get the ammunition they need for another long year of the console wars. A staple of the calendar, whilst ostensibly a trade show, E3 remains the focal point for the video game fan, the anticipation, rumours and wild predictions, followed by inevitable disappointment are as much a part of the show as long queues and sweaty nerds.

Thanks to modern technology we can now all enjoy the best parts of the show from the comfort of our homes, even if in the UK it means staying up to some rather unsocial hours to experience the thrill of the reveals live. Ahead of next Mondays conferences and the show proper the D-Pad writers have collectively put their heads together and come up with their thoughts, predictions and wild guesses. So without further ado read on, and we already look forward to seeing just how wrong we are once the show starts next week.

Dave Stuart

It’s a bit of a weird year for E3 and gaming, the closer we get to it the more games seem to be announced, almost as if publishers are not so keen on sharing the limelight with other big announcements and by getting out early they can have the whole of the games media’s attention to themselves.

However I am still hopefully that there are some big announcements to come at the show itself. For Sony’s show I’m interested to see what the new Uncharted looks like, after a few high profile changes at Naughty Dog there were some worries, but with the team behind The Last of Us now steering the ship I expect this to impress at the Sony conference. Project Beast is also likely to show up at Sony, if it hadn’t leaked this would have been an excellent surprise, but with only a small video to go on I’m very excited to see what this game actually is and whether all the speculation is accurate. If it is a new From Software game exclusive to PS4 then that’s a big win. Other than that I can always hope for some other new reveals, the new Quantic Dream game would be nice, and – dare I say it – the Last Guardian? Now would be a great time to at least tell the world the game still exists.

Elsewhere Halo will be showcased by Microsoft, along with the recent dropping of Kinect they are likely to have an aggressively games focused conference, Call of Duty and Forza Horizon 2 are likely to get time. It’d be nice to see some new exclusives though, I wonder if the new Mass Effect game might make a brief appearance.

For Nintendo, well they aren’t having a traditional press conference last year, but with Mario Kart generating some buzz and Smash Bros out at the end of the year they need to consolidate on this as much as they can. The new Zelda game is a must and will hopefully be a bold new direction for the series. It would be great to see some new IPs as well, but with Nintendo fighting for relevance they are likely to stick to safe bets.

For 3rd parties I’d love to see what the new Mirrors Edge is like, if it even exists yet, Fallout 4 would be a massive surprise, but seems unlikely despite the long wait since New Vegas. In fact I think the prevailing theme of the show will be a lot of already announced games, that look really great and that aren’t out until 2015 at least. It will be a show of promise, but the delivery will take longer than we might hope.

Most anticipated game: Project Beast

Wild card prediction: New Nintendo home console.

Tim Steele

Is there anything left that hasn’t been leaked/trailed already?

Regardless my two most anticipated games are – ‘Beast Souls’ and Left 4 Dead 3.

Long-shot – Half Life 3 obviously. Gordon Freeman with a portal gun…. One for E3 2015 I fear.

I’d also expect/hope to see more on:

- Sunset Overdrive offering some fresh gameplay and  co-op experiences
- Evolve living up to the hype
- The new Gears of War title – with a pure horde mode as per Gears 2
- A new Tomb Raider title that builds on last year’s great reboot but which shifts the focus back onto raiding tombs
- More on The Division that delivers on the hugely promising glimpses we’ve seen so far
- Battlefield Hardline. ‘Heat’ meets Levolution is – on paper at least – an exciting prospect.
- id’s new Doom title ditching the corridors and majoring on giant cyberdemons and unearthly, diabolical environments…

Charlie Etheridge-Nunn

The big events are done now and we’re into the next generation, but I’ve yet to see anything to make me care about that fact. I’m going into the 2014 with very little expectations, sadly. None of the consoles have been all that great and I’d like to see companies either being more humble, offering games which feel like they are really ‘next gen’ or throwing themselves down a really big pit with the festering concept of the AAA game.

I still expect that we’re 6-12 months away from truly next-gen experiences, but there may be something here that surprises me. There’s been talk of a new Nintendo console but I think they’ll stubbornly stick to their guns with the Wii U while publishers stay away. The Xbox One and PS4 will consider what they’ve done so far to be a success and talk about more of the same types of games. We’re going to get a lot of sequels and a lot of non-game content given all the recent TV series purchases both ‘big’ consoles have made lately. The marketing for everything will continue to be opulent and fairly unnecessary.

I’d like to see more information about “X” from Monolith which is still apparently coming out this year. I’d like some indies for the consoles and the PC. My biggest wish is that there will be anything at all from Valve about Half-Life 3 or Left4Dead 3, or even the Steam Box and the delayed controller.

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