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E3 2017: What games will be at the show?

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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.

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.

Somebodysomewhere

April 12, 2017, 4:01 am

Re: Bethesda: "...but surely it’s time for a proper new Elder Scrolls game..."

No. We're sadly looking at years, many, many years before we hear about Elder Scrolls 6. Probably between 10-15 years.

Justice

April 13, 2017, 9:44 am

While I think anything at this E3 event may be asking too much too soon, 10-15 years is laughably longer than it will be. I'd strongly suspect that if we don't get any sort of announcement this year we'll have one next year or the year after at the absolute latest. At a minimum I would expect a name drop by next year's E3.

Carter Iuni

April 13, 2017, 10:55 pm

I hope you're right. I don't want to be 30 by the time they announce it.

Somebodysomewhere

April 14, 2017, 1:40 pm

Todd Howard said it would be many years until an announcement is made (this was nearly 1 year ago). He said that the technology they want to use for the game doesn't exist yet.

They are working on two games, each the size of a FO or ES game and will take 4-5 years to make each of those. They haven't begun development of ES6 yet. ES6 itself will take about 5 years to make.

It's laughable to think we'll hear about it in the next few years, definitely not in this generation at all. Perhaps at the tail end of PS5 generation or more likely PS6 generation.

Somebodysomewhere

April 14, 2017, 1:44 pm

He's wrong unfortunately. While they may get it out more quickly than I anticipate, it's not going to be soon. At all. It's the team that makes the ES games and FO games that's working on those two titles and will also be making the ES6 game. The best we can hope for is after they finish the first game, that they will overlap development of ES6 with the second game they're working on.

Frankie Dingleberry

April 24, 2017, 3:07 am

I'm expecting some sort of ES6 acknowledgement. Everyones's so stuck on "not, not for at least 5+ more years", but come on, Bathesda is one of the best at keeping games under wraps. Remember all the rumors about Fallout 4, and how they were tight lipped, and made it seem like it was never gonna come? Just have some hope, if I had to guess, we'd be looking at a holiday 2018 release, or holiday 2019 if worse becomes worst. Regardless off announcements, trailers, release dates, etc, I'm absolutely certain they're going to (in the least) give us a title and cover art, and just say 'we got this guys'.

Frankie Dingleberry

April 24, 2017, 3:10 am

I don't know why everyone's so bummed about Scalebound. It just looked like a horribly rushed quick cash grab a Final Fantasy/Dragon Age fans. The whole title probably got scrapped due to legal issues with those other franchises. It was a 6 out of 10 at best. Microsoft has potential for incredible first party exclusives, but that was most definitely not one of them.

Sandman83

April 27, 2017, 12:54 pm

As far as Nintendo goes I think actually Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Mario Odyssey will be the biggest games at this years E3. Fire Emblem Warriors will probably also be presented and look great. Fire Emblem 2018 might show up but might also be keept a secret because I think that game will be epic.
Nintendo will probably also go in with a couple of surprises to.
I'm also surprised not more people talk about Xenoblade Chronicles 2, think that game by now really is just as good as Zelda and Metroid and deserve a lot of spotlight.
But yeah a Metroid or Pikmin 4 announcement would be nice to.
Think a next gen Pokemon announcement might be a smart move to from Nintendo also.

Sandman83

April 27, 2017, 12:56 pm

Not that I care to much about Xbox as a console but I think Scalebound was sort of a big deal for Xbox owners because it was sort of their version of Zelda or Horizon Zero Dawn. But yeah I get why people is upset, I would also be sorta bumbed if I looked forward to a game and it then wasn't released.

Linkchu

April 27, 2017, 5:16 pm

I feel that ARMS might be a big focus. The game is releasing on June 16th which is the last day of E3.

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