With the new consoles well through the launch trapdoor, E3 2014 should be the burgeoning year for what was once labeled "next-gen" software as the Xbox One and PS4 entrench their imprints as the current generation, but have too many of the major surprises already been leaked?
There’s been little news of substance in the gaming industry over the past few weeks, but we’ve been inundated with rumours; rumours that, if history is any indication, reference enough credibility to invite belief.
The internet is inherently ablaze with speculation at this time of year, as publishers refuse to elaborate on anything more concrete, but April's top billings from 'Gaf, Reddit and the far retches of the netscape don't demand the scepticism that's expected to go hand-in-hand with a blatant lack of evidence.
We already know there will be two Assassin’s Creed games, one for each active generation of consoles, but Ubisoft has only officially confirmed Unity. We’ve heard it will be unveiled with a single-player trailer and a separate video for a new co-op mode, which is probably true.
Aside from that, we know Ubisoft will be keen to show off The Division and The Crew, and in terms of new announcements, it sounds like Prince of Persia is making a comeback. It also sounds highly likely that Far Cry 4 will at least be teased, if not fully revealed, for a 2015 launch.
So how exactly is Ubisoft going to surprise us?
EA is going to be keen to show off Battlefront and anything else Star Wars related. Battlefront is more than predicted, it's a lock, but the sureness of its appearance needs to be verified by restoring faith in a series we thought would never be revived. In a galaxy far, far away, EA Canada and Visceral Games are working on an open-world Star Wars game adopting the "Arkham" style, opening the possibility for an announcement.
Aside from that, Mirror’s Edge 2 apparently has some type of multiplayer and The Sims 4 will probably be dated after a bunch of EA Sports announcements. With no Need for Speed this year, something big is missing. Battlefront could take over from Battlefield 4 as EA’s answer to Call of Duty this year, but EA daren't take a false step by limiting its holiday catalogue as the cross-generation either sinks, pushing 2015 towards the new consoles, or swims, ensuring the PS3 and Xbox One remain stable for years to come. As for a tidbit for the future, the rumour mill suggests something about the next Mass Effect is on the cards.
Warner Bros will be all about Batman, Bethesda is said to be preparing for Dishonored 2, and there are always Fallout 4 rumours, and if 2K actually bothers to rock up this year, it’ll be all about Civ and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The biggest mystery is Capcom, which is rumoured to be working on a PS4 (or PlayStation) exclusive. Those murmurs merged into a rumour that Resident Evil 7 will be announced as a PlayStation exclusive, but surely Microsoft wouldn't allow such a grave malfunction on its watch.
Nintendo won’t make a huge deal out of E3, as Directs have proven too successful. It will do one, probably announcing a few cool 3DS games and hopefully something exciting from Retro, but I don’t see this being an expansive year for Nintendo. It needs everyone to fall in love with Super Smash Bros on Wii U, and might forget to fill the six months preceding it. There's always an expectation for a new Zelda (not just a tech demo) and a new Metroid, but those rumours feel copy and pasted from last year.
Sony should have a big show, but it’s still hard to see where the big surprises will come from. Uncharted will be detailed after a tease last year, and surely DriveClub will get a date. Project Morpheus is a chance to make an appearance, but it’s not something you’ll actually be using any time soon. After last year, Sony may well heavily rely on indies to showcase their offerings during its press conference.
With Sony, Microsoft is the other major event that doesn’t feel like it’s been totally spoiled. I’ve no idea what Microsoft is going to announce, aside from Halo 5 and some Kinect rubbish, but Phil Spencer is saying all the right things. Microsoft needs to validate its rekindled gaming focus by not wasting half its presser with TV executives and ESPN features that are irrelevant outside of the US.
Of course there will be some surprises, especially from Sony and Microsoft, but considering E3 is still six weeks away, if leaks continue at their current rate E3 2014 might be more about details than new announcements.
Is this actually going to be a big E3? Is too much being leaked too early?
zurczner said: Lets see if they still has something in store. All of those are rumors as of now anyways. I think at least one of those rumors are wrong.
MezFunky said: If Fallout 4 is finally friggin revealed, it will be what finally makes me care enough to buy a next-gen console.
1wiierdguy said: a weak E3 this year and it may be time to pull the plug!
Dusty Lids said:Resident Evil 7 surely fake. More like Xbox One exclusive.
though i did hear Dino Crisis 4 was rumoured and going to be an Xbox One exclusive.
I'd rather Dino Crisis tbh. Resident Evil is dead.