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E3 2017: What to expect

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E3 is coming and now that the big companies are beginning to talk about what they'll be bringing to the table, 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 have been kept under wraps for many months. This year we’ve also got the bonus of new hardware, with Nintendo’s 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 will be open to the public this year

E3 2017 will be the first time in the event's history to be open to the public. The Entertainment Software Association has announced it will be releasing 15,000 tickets for sale on Monday, February 13.

You'll be able to purchase tickets from the official website once they become available for $250 or $150 as part of an early bird discount. By purchasing tickets you will gain access to the show floor, panel discussions and other events throughout the E3 period.

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 PlayStation 4 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. 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.

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 VII Remake all during the same 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. 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 at 10PM BST to showcase its specs, games, release date and more. We already know that the machine is a 6 teraflop monster, aimed at delivering true 4K gaming, but we have no idea how much it will cost and when we’ll be able to buy one.

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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.

E3 is the time to impress us, Microsoft!

A new Halo and something original from Rare?

Microsoft loves to pack the end of the year with new AAA releases. We’re almost guaranteed to see Forza Motorsport 7 revealed at E3 2017 for a September release, but what else does the platform holder have up its sleeve? A new Halo is a possibility, given that Halo 5 launched in October 2015, but maybe Halo 6 is being too optimistic. We wouldn’t turn our noses up at a Halo 3 remake, though. Plus, playing that iconic music inside the conference hall will guarantee E3 2017 gets off to a great start (bonus points for a choir and orchestra).

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Crackdown 3, Scalebound, Sea of Thieves, and Halo Wars 2 should all 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.

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. 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.

Braden Gunn

January 6, 2017, 8:26 pm

Think Tom is bang on the money here, though he forgot to mention Dad of War

ninetenduh

February 19, 2017, 6:53 am

Sad scalebound was Canceled early January.

Cran The man

March 16, 2017, 8:56 am

Tom seems to have it in for Microsoft and not mention some of the other titles like State of Decay and Crackdown. I noticed this article was similar to Jon Porter's over at Tech Radar in that regard too. Do your research !

Atmosk

March 17, 2017, 4:22 am

I dont know what the author considers a sales juggernaut but death stranding does 4-6 million sales easy. Also no way in hell is that game going to have gameplay anytime soon, it literally just went into production.

MrSec84 .

March 26, 2017, 9:13 pm

Actually Tom did mention Crackdown, the only major game he missed for Xbox was SoD.
He also missed GT Sport, GoW, Knack 2 and the fact that Sucker Punch Productions, Sony Japan and From Software are heavily rumored to have big new PS4 games in development.

For Nintendo they've already announced Xenoblade 2, teased Smash for Switch and Miyamoto even confirmed Pikmin 3 was close to complete just after E3 last year, yet Tom wrote nothing about those or potential sequels or Switch versions of Wii U or 3DS games.
The biggest possible thing for Switch is the Pokemon Stars rumor, yet there was nothing about that.

This article doesn't even mention the likelihood of Evil Within 2 or the next Wolfenstien from Bethesda, there was nothing about Visceral's Star Wars.

I could go on, but it's clear the article neglected to be specific about the potential for every Publisher's potential catalog of games they could show.
There's clearly no agenda against any one company.

MrSec84 .

March 26, 2017, 9:35 pm

Well KP could have a vertical slice of something to show off the kind of game DS will be, we don't really know how big the game's world will be or density of game world activities.

His team could be outsourcing a lot of asset production and now that Guerrilla Games have finished Horizon they could help to get Death Stranding moved along in development very quickly, they're pretty huge now for an internal Sony Studio, would likely have some people on the Horizon DLC, some planning the Horizon sequel, new Killzone or perhaps a new IP, but there are enough people there to help with DS too, there seems to be a very symbiotic relationship forming between KoPro and GG.

aaronf44

March 28, 2017, 2:41 pm

Scalebound? loler.

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