Some of you may have read my E3 2017 predictions a year ago, before Mid-American Culture existed. I was wrong. However, that doesn’t mean that I could do it again! The Electronic Entertainment Expo is always highly anticipated by the gaming community, It’s a cliche to say so, but it really is. Speculating is always fun, so here’s my hopes/predictions for the 2018 edition!
This one should be a snooze fest. The typical EA Sports lineup won’t interest me until they make a new NBA Street or SSX. As for EA’s other studios, well, they got some work to do. Bioware needs to win back consumer trust after the terrible reception of Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Anthem will look to do just that. It’ll probably take up the most time at the show, besides maybe the new Battlefield (ugh). Unless they have any surprises, which any good E3 conference does, this should be skippable.
I’m guessing they’ll have at least one new game, since last year’s show’s content is all out now. If it’s a sequel to a game not named Elder Scrolls, then it’ll probably get glossed over by the community. A Doom sequel would be nice, but I’d give that at least another year. DLC for stuff like the last Wolfenstein and Quake Champions should probably be a spotlight, too. Hopefully a new IP is announced, too.
No company needs new exclusives like Microsoft does right now. The only two that interest me are Sunset Overdrive and Rare Replay, and one’s a compilation for crying out loud! They need to take some risks if they want to catch up to Sony. Halo 6 should finally get revealed, but unless they have anything else in the first-party department, the show will suck.
If there’s a new Ubisoft IP, you can put money on it being an open-world game set in an unfamiliar environment with guns, a crafting system, a skill tree, and an eccentric villain. Hopefully they’re a little more creative than that. Beyond Good and Evil 2 will probably get a lengthy gameplay demo and a release date, as will Skull & Bones. There should also be a new Tom Clancy game announced.
Speaking of Beyond Good and Evil 2, is director Michel Ancel’s other upcoming game, Wild, cancelled? I hope not, but the lack of any kind of update combined with Ancel announcing another game leads me to believe that. Oh well, at least Sony should have other first party games at their conference. Days Gone, Spider-Man, Dreams, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima should be spotlighted. I hope they’re good. Some VR “experiences” will get revealed, too. Oh, and can The Last of Us: Part II get a release window and some gameplay?
Smash Bros. should obviously be the big highlight here, and the new Yoshi and Metroid Prime 4 should also be featured prominently. Hopefully the new Pokémon on Switch gets spotlighted too, and a new Animal Crossing for Switch also wouldn’t hurt. I said that last year, but I’ll say it again. Also maybe a new F-Zero? And a new IP? More third party support? Pretty please?
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Other games that intrigue me include Red Dead Redemption II (if it’s even there), Cyberpunk 2077 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I’m not super big into RPGs but Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy VII remake should be talked about (Didn’t I say that last year? KH3 got updates but FF7 didn’t really.). The “battle royale” craze is also going to be spotlighted, with new content for Fortnite Battle Royale and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds sure to be revealed. What games interest you? Let me know in the comments if you wish, and here’s hope that E3 2018 wows us all.
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