Welcome to Boss Fight Friday, a weekly video game hot stove where the writers of Game Savvy give their take on video games and where you, the reader, get to start the weekend off right. Today’s edition is on the upcoming E3 2019! Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Q1: What confirmed game (or highly likely to show up game) are you most excited to see at this year’s E3 and why?
Tyler: There are so many great games coming to E3 this year but one game I’m particularly excited about would be Halo: Infinite. I bought an Xbox because I couldn’t imagine a world where I couldn’t play the next Halo. When Halo Infinite was first announced I wasn’t exactly excited because it was called “Infinite” and not Halo 6, so I didn’t know what we were getting. Were they hopping on the bandwagon and creating a Halo battle-royale? Or was it a true sequel in the series? Now knowing it’s a true sequel, I’m very excited to see what they have in store for Master Chief and Cortana this time around. I’m also PRAYING they create another podcast series to promote the game because the Hunt The Truth podcast was SO freakin cool.
Nana: FF7 Remake, I’m really excited to see what they come up with.
Em: I’m excited to get a bit more info about Elder Scrolls 6 this year (hopefully, though it might be a stretch). It’s been a year since the tease at the Bethesda Showcase last year, so it would be nice to get even a sliver more information from them. I know the game is probably a few years away. I’m similarly hoping we will see something from BioWare regarding Dragon Age 4 Dread Wolf Rises, because they have been working on it, and it will probably be their biggest upcoming project now that Anthem is out. If I get at least some concrete information about one of those games I’ll call it a win.
Bri: I know it’s already been said, but I’d like to see more on the FF7 Remake. I think that game has a lot of potential as an action RPG. It’s the best Final Fantasy game by far, but I’m worried about its episodic release schedule. Hopefully, there’s more to learn from Square Enix.
Nathan: I don’t have much of a preference but I do hope we get to hear more about Metroid Prime 4 and Animal Crossing even if it’s just a statement. Metroid Prime was a game I played when I first got together with my wife so the series is kind of a thing for us plus she is really excited to hear more. Animal Crossing I’ve played since the original release plus it’s a game that doesn’t require too much planning and focus. It’s just relaxing.
Dennis: As far as confirmed games go, for me, it has to be Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The idea of a remake of one of my favourite Final Fantasy games has always been a conversation especially before the release of the PS3 with that tech demo. I just want to see more of it at E3 and see if they’ll confirm a release year, is the game still slated for current-gen consoles, is it coming to Xbox owners who are not me, is it still going to be episodic or is that just an approach of the game during its announcement and is no longer the case in the game’s current state. Just really want to see it just to answer my many questions.
Q2: What’s your most out of left field E3 prediction?
Em: Rage 2 expansion releasing this year that includes online Battle Royale mode. I think the expansions are going to include some new single player content, but the world feels like BR would fit well into it.
Tyler: While maybe not super out of left field because we have heard various rumors, but a new BioShock announcement would floor me. The BioShock series is near and dear to my heart just for its amazing settings and incredible stories and characters (not to mention the action). So I’m hoping to see a big reveal trailer at one of the shows. Maybe not a full-fledged trailer but at least a teaser would be a big win for me. ALSO, something we didn’t get last year and heard so many rumors about was a new Fable game. That would be a huge win for Xbox as well. And finally just to throw it out there, Netflix teams up with a major games company to support game streaming.
Bri: A Link to the Past Remake would be awesome. Many consider it to be the best title in the series, and remaking Link’s Awakening seems like a lost cause without applying the same effort to its predecessor. I think it’s a bit of a stretch though since LTTP was confirmed for Switch Online.
Nana: Final Fantasy 16 would be nice. Also Bayo 3?
Nathan: Sony and Netflix announcing a partnership for their game streaming services they plan.
Dennis: I don’t know if this is left field but a prediction that I made on my Xbox prediction episode with my podcast crew is … I think, a generally 3rd party ‘only on PlayStation’ Japanese game or games, be it Persona 5, Yakuza, or really any series will be announced its coming to Xbox for the first time. I don’t know what that game or series is but it’s gonna show that Xbox has more 3rd party Japanese support for there brand in this gen and going forward. This may come just from Sega.
Q3: What do you make of PlayStation not showing up to E3 2019?
Bri: I think it really shows what E3 has become. It used to be a cool event for devs to showcase what they were working on. Now it’s become a marketing charade for publishers. It’s more about the appearance of things rather than the status of current projects (see Devolver’s parody showcase from last year). It’s certainly fallen out of touch with fans, and I think Sony is the first to catch on to that.
Em: I think fans who are into E3 will miss out on having them there, but announcing games at E3 definitely isn’t the way it used to be. It’s like Bri said, more about big spectacles and events, which is fine too. Entertainment value obviously drives big events like this now. Look at award shows and how little they focus on awards these days. I still get excited about it. Sony not being there will be noticed, which is too bad.
However, if it means they’re focusing on content rather than putting money into E3 then that’s cool.
Nana: Honestly, it’s an odd move from Sony, who in my opinion has been a bit disappointing marketing wise lately.
Tyler: I think I agree with Bri. It shows what E3 has really become. Where game companies used to rely on something like E3 to get exposure, the world has grown so much that Sony has the ability to host its own event and have it be seen around the world via social media and streaming services rather than attempt to capture the divided attention of gamers on such a busy day. With that being said, I really don’t think Sony has anything more to show. We’ve already seen so much of Ghost Of Tsushima and The Last Of Us that they don’t want to overexpose gamers to their premium products and I don’t think they want to show their hand too early on next-gen stuff. I also applaud them for stepping down if they don’t have much to show. I would much rather Sony skip a year than have them forced to make premature announcements for the sake of putting on a good show.
Nathan: More than likely to save face from last years poorly executed presentation.
Dennis: I personally love it, I think in the past that E3 was a great way to get a company like Sony’s message out there while showcasing 1st/2nd/3rd party games and indies to the masses. Sony could have done a conference this year but I imagine it would have been a phoned-in conference and another year of a bad presentation and content showing from them at E3. Why they aren’t doing one could be a content issue as far as PS4 go without talking about there next console and what games each studio is officially working on. It’s just speculation at this point In a digital age, I find a tool like E3 is already becoming less and less relevant. I think Sony is already finding a way to get there message across in multiple smaller streams across the year with State of Play and that’s the way to go.
Q4: Who do you think will have the best show at this year’s E3 and why?
Em: I think Nintendo might. They’re on a high of the Switch doing well and they have a lot of cool games coming out that people will be excited to see.
Steven: It’s always Nintendo, but Xbox doesn’t have nearly as much competition so maybe they can pull something out of their butts and leave this gen with some dignity.
Dennis: I think it will be Xbox, this E3 the focus is on them to put a banger of a show on and the expectation feels high without Sony to follow them up. To be honest, Microsoft keeps putting on a better show each year at E3 and this year won’t be any different. I think a lot of reveals are coming there way and I’m excited to see what they will be even as a non-Xbox owner.
Tyler: When looking at all the companies involved there’s a couple of questions I ask. 1. Who has the ability to create the most surprise and 2. Who’s the most desperate? I think Nintendo has been killing it with their teasers and surprises so I think they win in that category. But Xbox is the most desperate and because we don’t really know too much about what Xbox is up to these days (lack of exclusives), they might have the ability to create more surprises for their fan base than Nintendo, a company who’s already had some very surprising reveals. So I think with Nintendo’s showing their hand and revealing a number of surprises (Sword and Shield, Zelda remake…) I think Xbox will combine desperation and a great surprise to put on a great show. And not just in the games category but we’ve seen them make huge acquisitions of major studios last year but haven’t heard anything from them. So I think Xbox is most likely going to have the best show.
Nana: Nintendo. Microsoft I don’t expect to as good as last year(mainly because they want to talk about the new Xbox). Square I don’t expect too much from.
Nathan: Nintendo will have an overall excellent presentation but fans will have a little unbalance to it since Reggie won’t appear in them anymore. Not to say Bowser will fail but a lot of expectation is placed on his shoulders