We’re a month away from E3! HYPE HYPE HYPE.
I’m a big ol’ fan of E3. It really is Christmas for gamers. E3 is when all the big publishers gather to show off their wares. We’re usually shown what’s in store for us in the coming months and years. Each publisher’s press conference is live streamed all over the world to millions, and anyone remotely interested in games will be tuning in – myself included.
The games industry builds so many months work around the annual Summer event in California: developers are creating demos, publishers are cutting trailers, press outlets are posting predictions (something I like to steer clear of) and gearing up to send an army of journos. Predictions in the games world can go one of two ways for me. I either look too much into something, and kill any chance of a surprise by reading a few too many rumours or leaks, OR I get my hopes up for an impossible dream.
So, instead of predicting what I think might happen, I’d rather predict what won’t!
Microsoft won’t kill it.
The Xbox One has been a barren land for quality exclusives of late. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of games like Sunset Overdrive and Cuphead, as well as having a console version of PUBG to play, but Xbox owners haven’t had anything to play that resembles the greatness of God of War or Horizon Zero Dawn.
Unfortunately, I don’t see Microsoft having any showstoppers up their sleeves this year either. However, their show will be filled with more good news stories. Every year, Microsoft have become a better role model for other hardware manufacturers, with the likes of backwards compatibility, cross-play with PC, cross-buy with PC, and Xbox Game Pass to name a few. I suspect this trend will continue.
Sony won’t let up the fight.
The PlayStation 4 has been the true home of gamers for many years now, as much as it pains me to say it. The Xbox may be the better machine, but it simply doesn’t have the accompanying software. With so many hits coming from Sony’s studios in 2017/18, you might expect them to have an empty gun this year…
I don’t think so. I think Sony will have their boxing gloves on, ready to knock out the competition – including the insurgent Nintendo. I would expect nothing less than a spectacular show full of surprises and delight.
Nintendo won’t live up to 2017.
The Switch has been sadly gathering dust in my household the past few months. It seems the big third-party publishers are still ignoring Nintendo and their under-powered hybrid console. Monster hits this year have so far steered clear of the Switch (e.g. Far Cry 5, Monster Hunter World, and Dragon Ball FighterZ) and with 2017’s stellar Mario, Mario Kart, Splatoon and Zelda games behind us, I just can’t see Nintendo exceeding the high bar they set for themselves.
EA won’t correct course.
EA has been disappointing gamers for years now. They are a one step forward, two steps back kind of company – at least with their public perception. There has been a lot of anger rightly and wrongly directed at EA employees, and I don’t see this changing.
EA have built a financial model around micro-transactions in their biggest annually released titles that won’t be easily redesigned. At best, we can hope for some minor adjustments so that their money-grabbing doesn’t appear so egregious. I am very curious though, to see how they monetise the upcoming mammoth that is Anthem…
What do you think will or won’t happen? Let me know in the comments on here or on Twitter/Facebook.
Best wishes y’all.
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