The annual E3 Hype Train has officially started chugging towards a nonstop destination towards Los Angeles. For many gamers, this is our favorite time of year and we at Mammoth Gamers always look forward to bringing you extensive coverage. This year, we’ll have a journalist attending the big show and we can’t wait to give you all previews of what we see at the show! One of the most exciting things we do prior to the show each year is make our own predictions on what we think will happen at the show and this year is no different. So without further ado, here are some our E3 2017 predictions from a few of our journalists!
It’s hard to not find a reason to be excited when E3 rolls around every year. Having attended a few times myself, I’ve seen that there’s bound to be announcements that cause a reaction in us. Whether those reactions are excellent, rage inducing, or flat out laughable (remember the year Sony and Microsoft revealed the price of their current-gen hardware?), E3 is a gamer’s Christmas come early. So here’s my personal wishlist and E3 2017 predictions. My fingers are crossed.
Nintendo: With ARMS and Splatoon 2 on the horizon, chances are Nintendo will have a clean slate to focus on other upcoming games and brand new ones. I say a brand new amiibo lineup will be announced for Super Mario Odyssey. Actually, amiibo for everything. I collect them you see. By them I mean all of them, especially those elusive unicorn rare amiibo. I’m going to go out on a limb here, but this is the year that Nintendo brings back franchises from the dead. Can I get an F-Zero, Mother, or Metroid (come on Retro)? How about all three? And let’s get a peek at their online platform!
Sony: Here’s hoping that Sony will silence the fan theories that Joel is dead and Ellie is imagining him with new footage from The Last of Us: Part II. I love their dynamic relationship, but if Joel really kicked the bucket, exploring Ellie’s traumatized psychosis would be a sad but interesting plot twist. And since the industry is bringing gamers blasts to the past like the Final Fantasy VII remake, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, and even a Jak and Daxter remaster coming to PS4, I just want my favorite purple dragon, Spyro to get that same love. Not that monstrosity posing as Spyro from the Skylanders games. Yuck. Also, let’s see them give us a killer PSVR experience. Resident Evil 7 currently has my top pick.
Microsoft: More Gears of War is expected. I’d love something unexpected. They could pull off a cheap move and announce a true sequel for Banjo-Kazooie amidst Yooka-Laylee’s success. Or Conker even. Microsoft has those assets. Use them. I’ll go as far to say they’ll dust off old favorites for a reboot. Say the likes of Perfect Dark or Alan Wake.
EA: I’m ready to see some footage from Battlefront II. I’m calling it: seamless battles from the surface of a planet, jumping in a starfighter for in-air dogfights, going further into outer space battles, land on a destroyer or capital ship to continue the fight, get to the nearest starfighter or escape pod when the ship is compromised, the destroyer explodes in space as you head back down to the planet. Repeat. Also, let’s finally see the Star Wars game that Visceral has been working on. I love Star Wars by the way. These guys hold the keys to the video games of the galaxy far, far away…
Microsoft – Since becoming the Head of Xbox in 2014, Phil Spencer has managed to salvage the Xbox One’s dismal reputation and create a sustainable gaming ecosystem. Spencer’s team also seems to be steering away from exclusive titles, with arguable flops like last year’s ReCore and Quantum Break doing little to boost Microsoft’s position in the gaming market. In this year’s E3 Microsoft Presentation, we will see no new 3rd Party Exclusives announced for the Xbox One, signalling a confirmation that Xbox is no longer concerned with competition.
ARMS – Due for worldwide release on June 16, ARMS will be in our hands merely days after the Nintendo Presentation. What better time to announce new ARMS Amiibo? I predict at least two Amiibo will be announced during E3, and if that’s not specific enough then I’ll say that Ribbon Girl and Spring Man will be definite inclusions for the announcement.
Nintendo – With the lauded success of the Nintendo Switch launch came a few bugbears for long time Nintendo fans; one of the largest issues was the absence of the Virtual Console. Being able to play retro classics on the go and on the big screen is understandably very appealing. I predict that Virtual Console fans will not have much longer to wait as we will see Nintendo announce a release date for the Virtual Console for 2017, as well as an announcement that some Gamecube games will be available from day one.
E3 is coming up very fast, here are some of my E3 2017 predictions of what we will see in LA:
Microsoft – We will be seeing Project Scorpio. And we will see a lot of it. Given a new name, we will see the all new, “next gen” machine in all of it’s gold and glory and they will give a release date of Holiday 2017. Paired with the new machine, we will see the release of a new Halo game, to be released exclusively on Scorpio. Alongside this new machine, we will see Microsoft trying to get into the VR game, as Playstation has been the only console way to enjoy VR games. A new Hololens will be announced, available sometime next year, exclusive to Scorpio. Microsoft will need a home run this year, as Sony has been running away with sales and exclusives.
Sony – Sony has been killing it since the release of the PS4. We will not see a “next gen” machine, but we will see an upgrade to the PSVR and possibly a new PS4 Pro/PSVR bundle announced, price point at $599.99. The three main games that Sony will be showcasing will be Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last of Us 2 and God of War 4. We saw glimpses of each last year, so I feel that this year we will be getting a release date for 2 out of the three and more than likely we will get some gameplay for God of War. Destiny 2 will also be something Sony will be pushing, as PlayStation is the preferred console for Destiny content and exclusives. Sony will also be announcing an expansion of the PlayStation Vue service. I think that Microsoft had a strong hold as a full entertainment system, which clearly people didn’t care about as much as the games. But now that Sony is on solid footing, we will see that expansion and push for people to use PlayStation Vue.
Other E3 2017 predictions:
Kingdom Hearts 3. It has to happen. We can’t go another full year without it, can we? By this point we will be on the next next gen for this game, which was announced years ago, in which we have already seen gameplay for. This game has been a background project for too long, we will get a release date this year. I also think we will be getting a Star Wars world and a Marvel world, which would be so amazing.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be on full display, however, I am not sure how. I think we will get a new trailer and some gameplay but other than that, I don’t know on what stage I would put it with. If I were a betting man, I would say Sony but, it might get its own stage. Based on the popularity of this franchise, I can say that we will get a full dose to get us ready for November, when it will more than likely come out.
Mobile gaming will also be on full blast, as this is the first year that E3 has been open to the public. With that comes the desire to make money. Microtransactions are huge right now, so I feel we will be seeing a lot more mobile games displayed for the world to see. Apple and Samsung will have a big presence at E3 and they will be doing their best to get some of the newest games into the hands of consumers.
E3 is almost here and I can hardly wait! I get to attend the show in person this year representing Mammoth Gamers and will be doing my best to give extensive coverage. With that said, here are a few E3 2017 predictions I have for the big show!
Microsoft: Project Scorpio will be at the forefront with an official name – maybe Xbox Hub, Xbox Home, or something along those lines. The presentation will focus on this but we can expect some new Xbox One Exclusives announced as well – possibly some new IP’s.
PlayStation: PlayStation VR. As I mentioned before, it needs to be marketed much better as sales have seemed to have slowed on the device. We should also see gameplay of God Of War, The Last Of Us Part 2, and maayyybe Final Fantasy VII Remake? That sounds like wishful thinking though. Kingdom Heart 3 needs to have a release date as well so I predict we will finally receive a timeframe.
Nintendo: Aside from Mario Odyssey, I believe it is time for the Virtual Console to rise on the Nintendo Switch. And as I’ve said in past predictions, it is also time for a new Metroid game. It has been far too long since we have seen Samus back. With a new console what a more perfect time to announce this for the Switch, right at E3 2017.
At this year’s E3, I’m really hoping to see some Kingdom Hearts 3 news. It has been awhile since we last received a legitimate update, and I’m chomping at the bits to see it. Though what I would really like to see is a full update on Dead Island 2. The first game was so unique and fun packed with Riptide being an almost clone of the first. I am hoping that they are able to step it up for the second game and revisit that feeling they created in the first game.
As always, I am a huge Halo fan, and though it was confirmed that Halo 6 would not be at E3 this year, I am hoping to see some news of the franchise going forward. Not picking up Halo Wars 2 kind of put a damper on the series for me, but we are being flooded with games and something has to get missed.
On the flip side, I am really looking forward to the Nintendo Switch announcements. I am already planning on picking one up during Christmas of this year, and would love to see some more support for it. The current lineup is fantastic, and I hope that they are able to keep developers coming going forward.
What are some of your E3 2017 Predictions? Let us know in the comment section below and for more things E3, make sure you keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers during E3 week!