Everything we'd like to see at E3 2015
E3 2015 is finally here, with Bethesda kicking off proceedings with its first ever press conference this evening.
The developer is rumoured to be announcing Dishonored 2 and will no doubt have a lot more to tell us about Fallout 4 and DOOM.
Thankfully there have been a few teasers as to what will be announced at E3 2015, although we'd be disappointed if there weren't a number of surprises to be had.
But we expect it'll still be mostly about the games -- it is E3 after all. Plus, the Christmas game launch calendar is still looking a little bare.
Read on for everything we know and everything we’d like to see at E3 2015...
E3 2015 Date – When is E3 2015?
E3 2015 is running from June 16-18, but expect all the big announcements to happen on press day, which is on Monday June 15. Bethesda is holding its first ever press conference on Sunday June 14, so it’s all going to start exploding a little earlier this year.
Microsoft at E3 2015 – Xbox One Games at E3 2015
Microsoft is having its Xbox press conference on June 15, bright and early at 9am PDT.
Microsoft has been doing a stand-up job of making sure its fans are excited for the press conference, though, giving us regular teasers as to what we could expect.
Aaron Greenberg, US Marketing Head for Xbox, started off the trail of E3 breadcrumbs, stating that Microsoft is taking a bit of a different approach this year.
“Expect a lot of surprises,” said Greenberg to The Inner Circle podcast. “We have some ideas to do some things different at E3 this year that we haven’t done before. I think we’re going to take a little bit of a different approach to E3 this year. But I feel really good about it. It’s been really exciting.
“Expect us to talk a lot about games. And if you’re an Xbox owner, I think you’re going to leave really, really, really happy in the investment you made. And if you’re undecided, we hope that you will look at what we deliver on games and want to buy an Xbox.”
See also: PS4 vs Xbox One
Greenberg also teased that there will be announcements for Xbox One games that will actually launch before the end of 2015.
“I think this year coming up you’ll see [what will] arguably be one of the biggest holiday line-ups we’ve ever had in the history of our business. You know some of the titles that are coming, there’s definitely more we haven’t announced.
“Here we are in February and already this holiday we will have, exclusively on Xbox One, Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, Fable Legends and Halo 5: Guardians. Those are just a few and that doesn’t include any other surprises we have internally, but I think it’s going to be a great, great holiday for gamers and I think we’re confident we’re going to deliver high-quality games again this year.”
See also: Upcoming Xbox One Games 2015
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has also spoken out about potential E3 content, saying on Twitter that Microsoft “should have new exclusive IP at E3. I’m trying to make this E3 more about 1st party than past E3s.”
Spencer even went as far as to say that “it might be [Microsoft’s] best 1st party content year ever.”
“And just to be clear, we will have 3rd party deals, it’s just, imo, important to focus on and support our 1st party.”
In terms of what we’d like to see from Microsoft, we’ve got our hopes on seeing the next Gears of War game showcased, along with some story-centric gameplay footage of Halo 5: Guardians.
There’s bound to be a lot of focus on the newly announced Forza Motorsport 6 too.
See also: Xbox One vs Xbox 360
Sony at E3 2015 – PS4 Games at E3 2015
Sony has also been dropping a few teasers for its E3 2015 announcements, but not surrounding upcoming PS4 titles. Instead, Sony has confirmed we’ll be seeing the first Project Morpheus virtual reality games at E3 this year.
The E3 gossip came from President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida.
“Many studios of ours are working on actual games,” said Yoshida in an interview with GameSpot. “We haven’t talked about these games yet. We are waiting for the right time. Starting probably at E3, we will start to show the actual games.”
Sony showcased new Morpheus demos at GDC 2015 in February, including one called The London Heist from Sony’s London Studios.
See also: Project Morpheus vs Oculus Rift
We predict that Sony, like Microsoft, has a host of first-party titles up its sleeve for an E3 reveal. Well, we’re mainly hoping that because we’re still drying our tears after the news that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been pushed to 2016.
It’s most likely we’ll see a Gran Turismo 7 reveal with some gameplay and a firm holiday 2015 release date.
Guerilla Games, the developer behind the Killzone game series, is rumoured to be working on a PS4 game not related to Killzone, so it might be time to hear more about that.
There are also rumours of a PS4-exclusive Ratchet and Clank game, along with a brand-new Resistance title.
If it’s anything like PlayStation’s E3 2014 press conference, we could see some new games launch and be made available right there and then – just look at Entwined from last year.
There’s also the great possibility that we’ll hear a lot more about No Man’s Sky, which is starting life as a PS4 exclusive and coming to PC at a later date.
See also: Upcoming PS4 Games 2015
According to a new FCC filing, we could see Sony pull a new PS4 out of the bag with a 1TB hard drive at E3 2015.
Well actually the FCC filing detailed two new PS4 models, with the details suggesting we could be looking at a more power efficient and lighter model. Is that a PS4 Slim we smell?
The Sony PS4 E3 2015 press conference takes place at 9pm PDT on June 15.
Nintendo at E3 2015
Then, of course, you’ve got Nintendo. The Japanese gaming giant has already confirmed the Legend of Zelda game for Wii U won’t be arriving this year, and because of that we won’t be seeing any of it at E3 2015. And we’re super sad about that.
Instead, Nintendo will be focused on the games that actually are launching this year.
Here’s what a Nintendo representative told IGN back in March...
“As Mr Aonuma announced, The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U is no longer targeted as a 2015 release. Rather than sticking to a specific schedule, the team wants to make this the most complete and the best game it can possibly be. The new launch timing has not yet been determined. Because we’d like to focus on developing the game, we aren’t planning on showing it at this year’s E3, where we will be highlighting games launching in 2015. We will let you know when we’re ready to share more specifics.”
There have been rumours of new amiibo for launch later this year, including a Mario Maker specific NFC toy and a new range for Animal Crossing. Could that mean we will see a new Animal Crossing game launch as well?
And that’s all we have on Nintendo’s plans for E3 2015.
See also: Best Wii U Games 2015
However, we’d love to see the publisher unveil a brand-new Metroid title. It’s definitely one of our favourite game series and one desperately in need of a revival.
Speaking of a game series in need of a revival, Nintendo announced Star Fox Wii U at last year’s E3, so it’s time we heard more about that particular title.
It might be a bit early, but there’s a possibility that Nintendo might even talk about its next console. The company recently confirmed that it's working on its next major console and it’s codenamed the NX.
Much more likely, however, is Nintendo speaking about its recently inked partnership with DeNA for its first official foray into the mobile games arena. The first Nintendo smartphone and tablet games are due out this holiday season, so it’s bound to be a topic of interest for coverage at E3.
Since the New 3DS and New 3DS XL are both doing so well, Nintendo may focus a large portion of its E3 Nintendo Direct to its handheld duo. The pair both have improved processors and graphical abilities compared to their predecessors, so we should start seeing New 3DS family exclusive games in the very near future – we only have Xenoblade Chronicles 3D at present, after all.
See also: New 3DS vs New 3DS XL
Bethesda at E3 2015
E3 2015 is going to absolutely huge for Bethesda. This year, the developer is holding its first ever press conference on June 14 in Hollywood, California. This is the day before the majority of press conferences occur, so Bethesda is definitely going big for its first E3 press event.
We're already had the Fallout 4 reveal, with its very first trailer, but there's a lot more we need to know about the game - especially a release date.
We should also hear more about the DOOM revival. There's also been rumblings of Bethesda announcing Dishonored 2 at the show this evening. So stay tuned for all the latest as it happens.
See also: Fallout 4 news and rumours
But of course, Bethesda wouldn’t have a press conference for just one game. We’d absolutely love to see Elder Scrolls VI, although our social life/friends/family etc may have a few words against that.
The developer could also have something to say about its upcoming free-to-play online multiplayer game Battlecry.
Could we even be in for a reveal for a follow on to 2012’s Dishonored? It has just had a revival on PlayStation Plus, so it’s all to play for at Bethesda’s E3 event.
See also: PS4 vs PS3
EA Games at E3 2015
There are four major titles that we're desperate to play from EA Games and if they don’t feature at E3 2015, we may well bang our fists on the table and have a little tantrum.
EA Games and BioWare have been teasing us with the next Mass Effect – aka Mass Effect 4 – for years now. After the supposed “survey leak” in April, we can hardly contain our excitement. We think we’re definitely due some concrete details about the game at E3.
The same with Mirror’s Edge 2. It’s been nearly five years since the first Mirror’s Edge and the sequel was first announced back at E3 2013. Apart from a brief teaser at E3 last year on the free-running movement focus of the game, we’ve not been given a proper update on Faith’s adventures.
Now we know the Star Wars Celebration provided the perfect backdrop to announce the first gameplay details and release date for Star Wars Battlefront, but we’d be disappointed if EA Games overlooks the game at E3. We sincerely doubt it will, but let’s hope the chat is accompanied by some more awesome details.
See also: Best Xbox One Games 2015
Ubisoft at E3 2015
Seeing as Ubisoft already announced Assassin's Creed Syndicate prior to E3 2015, we expect the publisher will focus heavily on this new title.
The game is set in London and is currently in development at Ubisoft Quebec rather than the usual Ubisoft Montreal. This will be the first time that Quebec has handled an Assassin’s Creed game, so it could be interesting to see what a different studio does with the series.
Ubisoft Quebec has worked on Assassin’s Creed DLC before, though, so it’s not totally unfamiliar with the series.
Aside from that we’re really hoping that we finally find out when Tom Clancy’s The Division will land on our Xbox One and PS4. The publisher has been rolling out the same gameplay demo for over a year now, so we’re more than ready to get our hands on the game and our ears on a release date.
The same for Rainbow 6: Siege. We know that it is coming sometime this year, but there’s been no confirmed release window as yet.
Now Ubisoft has confirmed it will show off brand new gameplay for Tom Clancy's The Division, the freshly announced Assassin's Creed Syndicate and the 6v6 shooter Rainbow Six Siege.
But, along with fresh gameplay for those titles, Ubisoft has promised we'll be treated to some "big surprises" in the form of "several new exciting games".
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Square Enix at E3 2015
This year at E3 2015, Square Enix will hold its own press conference on June 16 at 9am somewhere in downtown LA. It's the first time Square Enix has held its own press conference since E3 2012 when it announced its new-gen Luminous engine.
Square Enix has chosen the time slot in which Nintendo usually holds its E3 Nintendo Direct, so it will be interesting to see if the two conference clash closer to June.
We already know that the recently announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will no doubt take up a large portion of Square Enix' press conference, and rightly so.
We're also hoping to see more of Kingdom Hearts 3 and of course Just Cause 3 during the event.
There's also the potential of a massive Final Fantasy XV reveal. That's not asking too much is it?
See also: PS4 backwards compatibility
Activision at E3 2015
Activision has two big titles to show off at this year’s E3 2015. And two very different ones at that.
The first is Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, which was confirmed in early April by a teaser trailer. A full review is expected on April 26, but we’d put a large amount of money on the fact that Activision will use E3 2015 to showcase the upcoming FPS.
Then there’s Guitar Hero Live. It’s the first Guitar Hero game since 2011 and it’s bringing with it a brand-new plastic guitar controller that's supposed to feel more like playing a real instrument.
Activision has already promised to provide us with more information on the game at E3 2015, so we can’t wait to take to the stage.
Activision doesn’t have its own press conference, but it usually partners with Microsoft or Sony to showcase its titles at a big E3 press conference. For example, Xbox was the chosen partner for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, with Activision bringing DLC content first to Xbox platforms and launching a special limited-edition Advanced Warfare Xbox One bundle.
See also: Best Games 2015
2K Games at E3 2015
Like Activision, 2K Games doesn’t have its own dedicated press conference. But this year we’re expecting to hear the first details about Borderlands 3.
We’ve just been treated to our first Borderlands experience on Xbox One and PS4 with Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, but that’s only made us eager to see the first true new-gen Borderlands game.
In February it was revealed that Borderlands 3 will be “built specifically for next-gen” after the game was confirmed during Take Two’s financial earnings call.
Apart from the name, we know nothing about Borderlands 3, so fingers crossed 2K finds some way to make it debut at E3 2015.
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