E3 is just over a month a way and a lot of big games are getting announced ahead of the show. It's time to get excited!
Taking place from June 13-15 in Los Angeles, it’s where all the big guns announce their exciting new games which will be launching in the busy holiday season and beyond. This year we’ve also got the bonus of new hardware, with the Nintendo Switch making its E3 debut and Microsoft’s Xbox One successor – Project Scorpio – being fully unveiled. June is set to be an early Christmas for fans. Here’s everything we’d love to see.
E3 to open to the public this year
E3 2017 will be the first in the event's history to be open to the public. 15,000 tickets went on sale on Monday, February 13.
People who purchased tickets will gain access to the show floor, panel discussions and other events throughout the show.
Sony at E3 2017
Games, games, games: The Last of Us Part 2, God of War, Spider-man, and more
Sony will go into E3 2017 as the clear market leader, the PlayStation 4 being multiple millions ahead in the console sales war. Without any new hardware to launch, however, the platform holder will have to focus on games. 2016 saw the release of PlayStation VR and PS4 Pro, meaning the company is done on that front for a while.
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Expect lots and lots of games. The big names we already know about are The Last of Us Part 2, Spider-Man, Days Gone and Detroit: Become Human. We should also see much more of the Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy DLC.
All should be given gameplay demos or trailers to whip the crowd into a frenzy. If Sony is to stop PlayStation VR going the way of PlayStation Move, we’ll have to see more VR titles too. Hopefully it won’t stretch the dev studios too thin.
Activision to have big presence
Activision has a timed-exclusivity deal with Sony, meaning that Activision games will get DLC first on PS4 before Xbox One. That means we expect Acti to once again have a big presence during the press conference this year. Expect Destiny 2 to get a bombastic trailer during the show and the recently-revealed Call of Duty: WWII to have a huge gameplay trailer, perhaps even showing off some multiplayer action, too.
Death Stranding is shown off as a game rather than a bizarre art project
Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding is unlikely to be a sales juggernaut when it finally releases, but it’s without a doubt one of the most talked about games coming to the PlayStation 4. So far, Sony has used every event possible to show off the game, such is the draw of Kojima amongst fans.
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If the game isn’t at E3 2017, let’s just say we’ll be more confused than we were after watching the first trailer. Fingers crossed Kojima actually shows gameplay, too, even if it’s just the briefest of glimpses and surrounded by images of half-naked people, babies and Guillermo del Toro.
Final Fantasy VII Remake reappears
Do you remember when Sony showed off The Last Guardian, Shenmue 3, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake during the E3 2015 conference? It was hard to believe, but it really did happen. Now Final Fantasy XV is out (although still being tweaked/added to) E3 2017 will be the ideal place for Square Enix to give the hype-fueled fans a new look at what’s being done with the Final Fantasy VII remake.
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XV has generally been well received, so we’re pretty hopeful that the remake we’ve craved for so long will live up to the hype.
Microsoft at E3 2017
Project Scorpio breaks cover
Microsoft has finally confirmed when we'll see more of its mysterious 4K console. A briefing will be held on June 11 to showcase its specs, games, release date and more. We've been given an early glimpse at the specs thanks to an early peek behind the curtain, but now it's time to really see how those figures affect the games.
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With Sony’s PS4 Pro already on the market, Microsoft will hopefully have seen what worked and what didn’t, and have a presentation that provides plenty of much needed information as well as impressive graphics.
What games will launch with Project Scorpio?
New hardware is great, and we all want Scorpio to deliver the goods, but it’s just a shiny new box unless the games arrive alongside it. We already know that all Xbox One games will work on Scorpio, so a lot of existing titles (Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, etc) should get a bump into native 4K.
If Microsoft really wants to generate buzz around Scorpio it’ll need to show off new games looking significantly better, which might be tricky considering the company has already stated that all Scorpio games will run on Xbox One. It’s not impossible, though. PC gamers have always benefitted from their games featuring improved effects, textures, shadows and the like.
Turn 10 is likely to debut Forza Motorsport 7 running on Scorpio as the first demo, seeing as we've already seen Forza tech running on the hardware (and not even pushing it to the limit). Could we see Halo 6 or even a Gears of War 5? It certainly makes sense to show off at least one of them.
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Even more first-party IP
Microsoft likes to load all of its big releases towards the end of the calendar year. Sony has undoubtedly won the first half of the year with stellar exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn, Nioh, Yakuza 0 and Persona 5, so Microsoft has a lot of ground to make up for.
Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves should be out by the time we get into the busy holiday season, so what else could spearhead Scorpio’s launch? Rare, the studio working on Sea of Thieves, is pretty big. It wouldn’t surprise us at all if another project is in development there. Wishful thinking, but it would be a brilliant way for Microsoft to gain fanboy points at E3 2017.
Nintendo at E3 2017
Switch’s honeymoon period is over
By the time E3 2017 rolls around in June we'll have had our hands on Nintendo Switch for good few months. By that time we'll have exhausted the limited launch line-up and be ready for an exciting new plate of games. If Nintendo hopes to avoid another Wii U-esque disaster it'll need to come out swinging with a strong showing of exclusive titles. We're talking Mario, Zelda, Fire Emblem and maybe even Metroid. We can dream, right?
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We're expecting to see more from Super Mario Odyssey and the likes of Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but Nintendo fans really want to see some of the neglected classics return. We’re talking about Metroid and F-Zero. Please show off new entries in these two cherished franchises, Nintendo. We’ll love you more than ever if you do.
And the early signs are promising, with Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime being particularly bullish, promising the company will deliver a "big" E3 this year. Reggie promises Nintendo will be "showcasing a variety of games", meaning owners of the machine should be getting very excited indeed. Unfortunately, Nintendo won't be holding a traditional press conference this year.
Third-party woes or unique partnerships
Sony and Microsoft will always have third-parties to rely on, delivering the likes of Call of Duty, Destiny, FIFA, Fallout, and more. Nintendo will try to court these publishers, but it’s going to be tricky considering the relative power of Switch in relation to PS4/PS4 Pro and Xbox One/Scorpio.
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Rumours of a Rabbids RPG starring Mario characters suggests that Nintendo is being more open with its prized properties, so collaborations aren’t out of the question. Ubisoft has always been a big supporter of Nintendo platforms (even the Wii U), but hopefully others will follow this time. Call of Luigi and FIFA Mario All-Stars, anyone? We can dream.
EA, Bethesda, Ubisoft, and the rest at E3 2017
A lot of the big E3 2017 announcements will come from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, but we expect to see a lot of cool new games from the industry’s mega publishers. Electronic Art's EA Play event is making its return this year. Star Wars Battlefront 2, Need for Speed and FIFA 18 are just some of the titles already confirmed. Fans will even have a chance to go hands-on with events taking place in Hollywood and London.
Ubisoft usually has something special up its sleeve at E3, and this year we’re betting on a big demo of the next Assassin’s Creed. If the team gets it right, this could be the star of E3 2017.
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Bethesda will likely have something to say about that, though. The publisher is looking to go even bigger than its previous two impressive E3 line-ups. Prey and Quake Champions are the only two upcoming games we know about at this point, but surely it’s time for a proper new Elder Scrolls game and another entry in the Wolfenstein franchise. Capcom, not one to host its own event at E3, may well make some announcements via Sony and Microsoft, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Square Enix reveal Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
All in all, E3 2017 is set to be quite the event.