It’s hard to believe but E3 is right around the corner (June 12th to be exact). The three days that E3 runs for is basically like Christmas and New Years wrapped into one for gamers. We get new release dates and trailers for games that have already been announced and we get many surprise announcements for new games and every so often, new hardware. Some things we know right off the bat; Sony has said they will not be showing any new hardware and that they’re mainly showing four games, Death Stranding, Spiderman, The Last of Us 2, and Ghost of Tsushima. Nintendo has said they will only be showcasing games that will arrive in 2018 but we suspect at least 1 surprise announcement at the end of their show that may come out later. And as usual, Microsoft and their Xbox is a wildcard, anything could happen with them.These are our early E3 predictions. It should be noted that this is only speculation and that we could be completely wrong.
Rumours of a new Fable game were flying around for a while until it was announced by Eurogamer that Playground Games would be making Fable 4. This comes just 2 years after Lionhead Studios closed down due to bankruptcy. The game is said to be a massive RPG that focuses on story and character development. As long as there isn’t a guildmaster telling me that my health is low every minute, it will be a great game. It would make sense for Microsoft to show off what’s being done with Fable. 60% chance of seeing Fable 4 at E3.
Metroid Prime 4
Metroid fans let everyone know far and wide that they wanted a new Metroid game. Well, their cries of hope and outrage were heard as Nintendo revealed at E3 last year that Metroid Prime 4 was in development. All we were shown was a logo and Nintendo commented that it was very early in development but it’s been a year since then but I honestly don’t think it will release this year so we won’t be seeing it. 30% chance of seeing Metroid Prime 4 at E3 2018.
At the 2017 game awards, we got a cryptic trailer with lots of blood that ended with “Shadows die twice”. It was a short clip but the game is being made by From Software and Bloodborne is very popular. The game was recently free with PS plus and was in the public eye again for a while. They could have made this move because the next step is an E3 trailer. 60% chance of seeing Bloodborne 2 at E3 2018.
With the release of their mobile Animal Crossing game, many are begging for a new Animal Crossing game on the Nintendo Switch. Sadly, nothing has been heard and I doubt it’s that far into development where they will show it and release it in the same half a year. It’s Nintendo’s 3rd highest selling franchise and it’s pretty hard to deny how fun it is to create your own house and live your simple fantasy life. Get some Bells and flex your creative muscles! 10% chance of seeing Animal Crossing at E3.
Borderlands is one of those games that has incredible replay value. I picked it up on my Xbox 360 and fell in love. I occasionally replay it with my friends and I was incredibly impressed with how much it improved in the second game. The pre-sequel was fun but didn’t improve upon much in terms of gameplay. Gearbox has admitted to starting work on the 3rd game but there has yet to be anything shown. The CEO of Gearbox has said that Borderlands 3 will not be shown at this year’s E3, but some think he may be lying or joking. 40% chance of seeing some Borderlands 3 and if we see it at all, it’ll most likely be a teaser trailer.
Pokémon For The Nintendo Switch
It’s no denying that Nintendo had a fantastic 2017. With the release of the Switch and heavy hitters like Mario and Zelda, many fans are asking if 2018 can possibly be better than last year. Gamefreak said at E3 last year that a core Pokémon game was being developed for the Switch but that it may take over a year to be released. It has been noted that it will not be a spin off title like Pokken Tournement or the Dungeon series. 80% chance to see a Pokémon core RPG at E3.
(UPDATE: Nintendo confirmed Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee for the Nintendo Switch. Both are NOT the core RPG promised by Gamefreak. 100% change to Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eveee at E3 this year.)
Mainline Halo games have the habit of usually releasing every 3 years and it’s about that time so it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw a Halo game this E3. Halo is Microsoft’s biggest seller and one of Xbox’s few remaining exclusives and is one of the greatest game series of our time and with a lack of exclusive and general games coming to the Xbox platform, there’s a good chance of a brand new Halo game being released very soon. 80% chance of seeing Halo 6 at E3.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot commented at last years E3 that the Clancy games are all being taken care of in their own right. This has lead to people believing that Splinter Cell is going to come out this year. Splinter Cell, along with Assassins Creed, are Ubisoft’s flagship franchises so it’s safe to assume we haven’t seen the last of the spy series. I’m sure we will see some kind of trailer from Ubisoft and maybe even some gameplay. 40% chance of seeing a new Splinter Cell at E3 2018.
Kingdom Hearts 3
It has been years since a core Kingdom Hearts games came out and fans are eager. This game has a massive fan base and they have all been patiently awaited the third entry in the series. Kingdom Hearts 3 has a 2018 release date but nothing to be exact, I think it’s safe to say that we will see a lot of gameplay at E3. It’s hard not to fall In love with Sora and all the beloved Disney characters who made our list for the most iconic video game characters. 99% chance of seeing Kingdom Hearts 3 at E3 2018. But our main prediction? Expect an anime or animated movie explaining the story of Kingdom Hearts a la Final Fantasy XV. There’s been enough time between games and we think it’s safe to say that some of us might be a little lost in the story so a filler would be a great start to kick things off with the new game.
Gears of War 5
You may have witnessed the recent leak made by Walmart Canada regarding several unannounced games. Among those many games was Gears of War 5. 2016’s Gears of War 4 was received modestly across the board, especially compared to 2011’s Gears of War 3, which was widely loved. Hopefully Gears 5 will be enough to please fans, and maybe give Xbox some much-needed leverage. Will a new GoW be shown this year at E3? I guess we will have to wait and find out.
State of Decay 2 DLC
It’s clear that Microsoft is going big on State of Decay 2. It doesn’t quite seem like a triple A game, but it’s still pretty damn fun. Just like the first game, I’m sure it will be getting DLC. Maybe it will be a different mode or another map but I’m sure it will be exciting! I still play the Lifeline DLC from the first game! 60% chance of seeing it at E3
Red Dead Redemption 2
This wild-west like version of Grand Theft Auto is widely anticipated. The game was announced back in October of 2016 and it’s scheduled to release for October 26th. The games developer, Rockstar, is known for making massive games that are huge hits so fans are eager to get their hands on this game. Red Dead Redemption is widely considered one of the best games of all time so expectations are high. 100% chance of seeing Red Dead redemption 2 at E3 and we’re very certain we’ll see some gameplay.
SquareEnix’s new IP exclusive for the Nintendo Switch was announced January of last year and got a playable demo later in September. Since then, SquareEnix has taken fan feedback into consideration and is working to improve on the gameplay. Octopath Traveller is a mix of old school style Final Fantasy with gorgeous pixelated 2D graphics that feel more like 3D. The game is set to release a month after E3 so having a trailer or another demo might help sales. 85% chance of seeing Octopath Traveller at E3.
Fire Emblem for the Switch
Many people thought that Nintendo would release information about the upcoming Fire Emblem game during the many directs that have happened since it’s announcement but as the smoke cleared, all the speculation was for naught. Fire Emblem is quickly becoming one of Nintendo’s heavy hitters as Awakening and Fates sold well. With a large core fan base and many new comers, whatever happens with the new Fire Emblem is very much up in the air. Like Ike, hopefully we will be fighting for our friends in no time. 90% chance to see Fire Emblem at E3.
The Last of Us Part 2
Many consider The Last of Us to be revolutionary in terms of storytelling and gameplay and it was no surprise when it was announced it was getting a part 2 back in 2016. Since then we have gotten 2 cryptic trailers and no gameplay but I’m sure we will be hearing from Joel and Ellie really soon. The gaming world is very invested in Joel and Ellie’s story and are anxiously awaiting for the next chapter in their epic adventure. 100% chance of seeing The Last of Us Part 2 at E3 2018 and more importantly, we predict some actual gameplay.
Super Smash Bros 5
When the Switch was first announced, many thought that Smash 4 was going to get a port to the new console, but as time goes on, speculation has turned to Nintendo making a new instalment. Whether its playing it for pleasure with your friends, or playing professionally, smash is a highly competitive game and many are eager for any shred of news. One can only hope they bring back the Subspace Emisarry. Hype is high even though Smash games usually come out late on their consoles life cycle. 100% chance of seeing Super Smash Bros at E3 2018 and with the Smash Tournament taking place at E3, it’s very highly extremely likely we’ll get to see some Smash Bros. gameplay from Nintendo.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Surprise reveals are always… well they’re surprising. This can be said for the reveal of the Final Fantasy 7 remake which made our list of the top upcoming games of 2018. Fans had been begging Square Enix for a remake of the most popular game in their franchise. After numerous times of being told that it wouldn’t happen, Square Enix surprised many when they revealed the remake was happening at E3 2015. It was also revealed in May of 2017 that the game was no longer being developed by outside developers, but by Square Enix themselves. This could be the reason we haven’t heard much. 50% chance of Final Fantasy 7 Remake being shown at E3 this year and if it is, expect to see some extensive gameplay.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
It would be a good move for developer Ubisoft Montpellier to show some of Beyond Good and Evil 2 since the game had been rumoured for years. Fans may worry that even though it was announced last year, the games status is still shaky. It gained a cult following after the first game released in 2003 and rumours of a second went on for years. It’s games like this that show us that we should never give up hope . . . I’m looking at you Half Life 3. 65% chance of Beyond Good and Evil 2 being shown at E3 this year.
An open world, survival/horror zombie game? Hell yeah. Days Gone is a PS4 exclusive that got many excited from its beautiful graphics, fun looking gameplay and horror elements. It’s due to make a showing at E3 as it has a slated 2018 release date but nothing exact. Many (including myself) are super eager to see more of this game. 90% chance of seeing Days Gone at E3 2018.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4
Call of Duty is a yearly release franchise and I’d bet every dollar I own that we are going to see it at E3 this year. World War 2 was 2017’s biggest seller, a common thing for the Call of Duty franchise yearly. WWII returned to the classic era of call of Duty and fans are loving it, the campaign was exciting and multiplayer felt brand new. Blasting opponents with incendiary rounds with your shotgun was brutal but so rewarding. Treyarch’s new instalment will feature a battle royale mode and the usual zombies mode. 99% chance of seeing Call of duty at E3.
Maybe we will finally understand just what the heck Death Stranding is about because I don’t think anyone is certain, I’m sure Hideo Kojima doesn’t even know at this point. This speculation is one of the many reasons fans are hyped to get more about this game and it would be smart for Sony to show more of it at E3 this year. 100% chance of seeing Death Stranding at E3.
Polish media outlets have confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be making an appearance at E3 this year. The bar is set high after the success of CD Projekt Red’s major hit, The Witcher 3. Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG set in a futuristic setting and it has been stated that a release date of 2019 is possible. CD Projekt Red has said they are showing something at E3 so it’s probably Cyberpunk. 99% chance of Cyberpunk 2077 being shown at E3.
Soulcalibur 6 was announced at the 2017 Game Awards and could greatly benefit from a playable demo at E3. Soulcalibur is different from other fighting games because it is weapon based instead of hand-to-hand. We’re also interested to see more of Geralt! Link was still my personal favourite! 90% chance of seeing Soulcalibur 6 at E3.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
The Resident Evil 2 remake has been much anticipated but nothing has been seen from it yet. Many think this is the year that we will get a trailer and hopefully some gameplay. The remake of the first Resident Evil game is greatly loved so fans are very excited. Rumors have just circulated that details what gameplay changes have been made. Apparently, the game will use the same engine as RE7 and will feature over the should gameplay that was first featured in RE4. The game will run at 1080p and 30fps and 4K and 60fps on the Ps4 Pro and the One X. 80% chance of seeing RE2 at E3 2018
The Shenmue series has had one hell of a history. The first game was the most expensive ever made at the time and the third game has been in development hell for over 10 years. This was due to the first two games gaining a massive cult following but being a commercial failure. However, Shenmue 3 was saved by a Kickstarter campaign that raised over 6 million dollars. The game was re-announced at E3 2015 but the game has been delayed until 2019. Even though the span between the 2nd and 3rd game has been 15 years and yet the creator, Yu Suzuki has expressed interest in making the fourth game. The game was originally scheduled for a late 2018 release so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a gorgeous gameplay trailer. 80% chance of seeing Shenmue 3 at E3 2018
Catherine Full body
Fresh off the success of Persona 5, Atlus announced the remake of Catherine that will be releasing for the PS4 and PS Vita. The game will feature a third love interest for Vincent and a whole other scenario. There is no release date for the game so far but it’s clear that it’s pretty far into production. The game will put another point in the PlayStation exclusive competition. 70% chance of seeing Catherine at E3 2018.
Another game that was part of the Walmart leak was Rage 2, and I don’t think anybody was expecting this one. On May 14th, Bethesda released a live action trailer for the game, and a gameplay reveal on the following day. The story of Rage follows a timeline where an asteroid collides with earth, destroying civilization as we know it, leaving the earth in a “Mad Max meets Borderlands” kind of state. The first game, released in 2010 was praised for its visuals and gameplay, but received average reviews. Rage 2 appears to be taking a different, more “colourful” approach to the series, and it looks absolutely insane. I think it’s safe to say that we will definitely 100% be seeing Rage 2 at E3.
A New 3D Zelda
It’s been over 30th years since Nintendo debuted and Zelda has been along with them the whole way. Obviously, there is a new Zelda in development, proven further by an ad Nintendo posted looking for a developer that specializes in level design. Many think that this new game will use the same assets as Breathe Of The Wild and will be a sequel much like how Majoras Mask was to Ocarina of Time. Maybe there will be a surprise announcement at the end of Nintendo’s presentation. 10% chance of seeing A new Zelda game at E3.