It’s that time of year again folks with E3 upon us now in a matter of weeks. Speculation is rife with what to expect from the show, so we at GOONL!NE thought we’d throw down our predictions for what we think (and would like) to appear at this years show. Some of it may be wishful thinking but hey, we can dream, right?
After a rather quiet and disappointing E3 last year from Ninty, this year we see them hitting E3 hard with the new Nintendo 3DS.
Pricing, release date and a list of launch games will be announced, as well a major price drop of the current DS’s to help push them.
A new Zelda game on Wii could be on the cards as the next ‘big game’ on the console after Super Mario Galaxy 2, and a new peripheral for it to take advantage of too, and a new Mario game is a strong possibility.
Microsoft had an excellent outing at E3 last year and will be keen to keep the momentum up. Natal (or Wave if that is the final name) will of course be the star for them, expect to hear official pricing, a release date and a live demo of the hardware in action.
A very wild punt this but a Natal and Xbox 360 slim bundle would go down a storm.
Flagship franchise Gears of War 3 should be teased fuly too and we’re hoping for some gameplay too as on top of more details, with an April 2011 release date, and Project Gotham Racing 5 making a debut at the show, as well as a Natal/Wave game from Rare.
Other big hitting titles such as Fable III and Halo: Reach should have full blow-outs, and after the success of the Halo: Reach beta Microsoft will be quite rightly pushing it.
After building up a considerable fan base from Final Fantasy XIII, we’d also expect to see Final Fantasy XIV making it’s way to the 360, we can’t see Square leaving their 360 customers high and dry.
Providing all Jack Tretton’s secrets aren’t spilt before the show (hello there PSP Go) Sony should have the best E3 line up this year.
Hardware wise we’ll of course see Move, with more tech demos of the game being shown and with some actual games too, SOCOM 4 with Move being played on stage would help build hype for the controller. Just like Natal, we’ll hear an official price, date and a range of title that’ll be Move friendly at launch.
PSP has been on the market now for the best part of 5 years now and with the PSP Go not being the rebirth of PSP like Sony hoped, expect to see PSP 2 being announced, with tentative details on specification and design being shown. As a send off to the current PSP, some big hitting titles like a new God of War game would be an excellent last hurrah.
Moving on from hardware, with Bungie bringing a new IP out that’s multiplatform, Bungie could possibly make an appearance at Sony’s stand and show their new game here, which would be a real coup for Sony and co., at most we’ll see a teaser trailer.
There are a few titles that have gone rather quiet recently that will probably appear, expect to see more from Agent, The Last Guardian, Gran Turismo 5 (release date finally) and some as yet unannounced titles, like the much rumoured Starhawk.
Naughty Dog will hopefully have a new project to demo, be it Jak 4 or whisper it… Uncharted 3 already underway. Insomniac will show PlayStation owners that although they’ll have a new IP which is multiplatform, some Resistance 3 and/or new Ratchet and Clank will hopefully be shown. One last far out game shout, Mass Effect series to go multiplatform.
Rumours point towards PSN having an overhaul, with a subscription based PSN+ service coming providing extra features for those who want the most from their PS3. 3D will be pushed hard (as usual) by Sony, and an XMB redesign would be welcome.
Oh, and Kevin Butler on stage.
OnLive will make an appearance, however brief it may be to keep the embers of interest in the service alive. Dead Space 2 is a cert to be shown.
Again there have been games that have been announced but little has been seen of them, L.A. Noire and Metal Gear Solid: Rising will hopefully have more shown of them, with Rockstar hopefully dropping a few hints about the next Grand Theft Auto game.
Deus Ex 3, Half Life 2: Episode 3 and a new Hitman game will hopefully get trailers, and gameplay footage of Medal of Honor and Call of Duty: Black Ops to be shown too.
Well folks, that’s our predictions for E3. Some may be a bit far out and may not appear, but hopefully we’ve made enough logical guesses to get a good bit right.
Any agreements or disagreements, or what you think might crop up, please give us a shout in the comments section!