E3 2018 is coming up, friends! Now, there have been a lot of rumors circulating around the internet about what we could potentially see from this year’s conference, and we here at PCU wanted to chime in with our predictions.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
From Software – Doug
Ever since the teaser trailer for The Shadows Die Twice premiered at the 2017 Video Game Awards, there’s been a lot of stuff swirling about the internet regarding what this new title really is. Some have theorized that From Software is putting out a completely new IP, others have speculated that it could be a reboot of the PS2 survival horror game Kuon, while still others believe that it’s another game in the Dark Souls / Bloodborne saga. Sure, the teaser that we saw doesn’t really look like an Armored Core game, and there have been some statements from relatively trusted sources that refute the theory, but the gaming world still hopes for a continuation of the famously difficult-to-beat franchise.
Personally, having been a fan of Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (can you believe that that game is 20 years old??), I wouldn’t mind The Shadows Die Twice being a reboot of that one. Conceptually, the game was ahead of its time, but the execution just wasn’t as good as it could have been. So, I am definitely looking forward to getting lots more information on this mysterious From Software title when E3 rolls around in June.
Square Enix – Andy
Square Enix is giving a presentation at E3 on Monday, June 11, and you can bet that Kingdom Hearts 3 will be a part of that show and tell. A long time coming, it seems fitting that what will likely be the biggest deep dive into the game before its release later this year (allegedly) comes five years after it was first announced at E3 2013. We already know the game will take us back to Hercules’ Olympus Coliseum, which has factored into both of the previous main entries into the series; as well as introduce new worlds based on Toy Story, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Monsters Inc. Photos recently released by IGN also indicate that Wreck-It Ralph may appear in the game as a summon character. Expect Square Enix to officially announce the game’s release date and detail more new worlds and game play at E3.
Ubisoft – Brandon
Expectations for Ubisoft at E3 this year are pretty high after last years’ excellent show that featured an appearance from Miyamoto and the first showing of the surprise Switch hit, Mario + Rabbids. We’ll see the standards such as Just Dance 2019 for sure but the rumors are flying about a new Splinter Cell game following the most recent addition of Sam Fisher missions into Ghost Recon: Wildlands with Michael Ironside reprising his roll to boot. We’ll undoubtedly see gameplay from Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Division 2 and The Crew 2, and most likely there will be DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins along with a tease for next year’s game. Teases for Watch Dogs 3, For Honor 2 and a new Rainbow Six game in some form should also be expected. Finally, a new IP is certainly not out of the question this year considering their last new multi-platform title in For Honor was shown for the first time 3 years ago at E3 2015.
EA – Harry
Another year and of course EA will trot out all of the familiar sports titles such as Madden 18, FIFA 18, NHL 18 and more. One question that can be asked is if EA takes another delve at NBA Live, what can they do to even begin to catch up to the NBA 2K juggernaut? Sure, they introduced the WNBA last year; but is that enough for fans to care about this franchise anymore? The other question is whether or not we get a release date for Anthem; and more to the point, how far into next year will it be? We already know it’s delayed until 2019 but how much gameplay will we get this year? But back to this year…there is still Battlefield V, about which we know next to nothing. Personally, I am hoping that EA goes back to World War II, as I think they can do a better job than last year’s Call of Duty effort (even though I liked it…). I also wouldn’t mind seeing a remaster of the original Battlefield 1942 even though I won’t hold my breath for that. The big question is whether or not Battlefield V jumps on board with the battle royale mode that’s been so popular with shooters at the present time.
Microsoft – Manny
New Games – Seeing that Halo 5 came out in 2015, 343 Industries is due for the newest chapter in the franchise–hopefully this time, they remember that Master Chief is the protagonist, not Spartan Locke or anybody else (sorry Buck). Fable 4 is another game that’s been rumored. Crackdown 3–what can I say about this game that hasn’t been overhyped for the last 4 years? Microsoft announced this game WAAAAAAY before they should’ve. It could’ve been a flagship game for the Xbox One X, but it was delayed yet again for Q2 of this year. A solid release date would be nice to have. Sea of Thieves was honestly a big disappointment to me. It was maybe worth the price of Game Pass, but not a full $60 pricetag, so I’d expect to hear some news on DLC or future plans to redeem it. Speaking of Game Pass, announcements on new AAA titles added to the service are likely, as well as new titles for the backwards compatible line. The biggest failing for Microsoft has been a serious lack of exclusive titles, so any announcement in regards to this would be awesome.
Tech – Despite the high price, the Xbox One X has sold well. I wouldn’t be surprised if they announced a price drop on it to entice new buyers. Microsoft still has HoloLens on the VR table. A non-Minecraft-centric demo or use for it would be nice, seeing that the Xbox One X has the beefed up specs that could make good use of it.
Sony – Doug
The recent big news out of Sony, is that Playstation boss John Kodera stated (during the company’s Investor Day) that the PS4 is entering the end of its lifecycle. So, it would be very interesting to see whether or not Sony has a teaser up their sleeve for a possible Playstation 5 (or whatever they’ll call the next iteration). Still, there are a few really good PS exclusives on the near horizon (Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, etc.), so the PS4 still has some life left in it, in our opinion.
Speaking of Death Stranding, we all know that it’s is shaping up to be an exciting game from the creator of Metal Gear. In a surprise move, the game made no appearances at last year’s E3, which left Kojima fans wondering what the deal was. That being said, it’s already known that the Playstation Showcase on June 11th is set to focus on four titles this year, with Death Stranding being one of them. So with any luck, we’ll get a good amount of info on this mysterious game, hopefully including a release date. I mean C’MON! Who can say no to Norman Reedus in the lead role and Mads Mikkelsen as the antagonist?
Nintendo – Slewo
Nintendo, on the other hand, looks to have a pretty good set of games for the Switch coming up; some of which should hopefully be seen at on Nintendo Direct. Personally, I’m hoping to see Pokemon, Metroid Prime, and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. There have also been rumors that we’ll see a release date for both Yoshi and Bayonetta 3 on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo talked about both of these at last year’s E3 conference, so it wouldn’t surprise us to see release dates announced this year. Finally, since we know that Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Switch, we’re kind of chomping at the bit to get a roster reveal. Either way though, this is Nintendo, so we should be in for a good time.