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Feel free to discuss your own predictions for the conferences, what you personally hope will happen, what you think actually will
happen, etc. You can use facts to back up your predictions or just simply list your wishes on announcements that have a small-to-zero chance of even existing.
I'll kick things off:
Regardless of which side you support during this new generation of system wars, there's little argument that currently Sony looks the most favorable among gamers right now. They kicked things off right with their PS4 announcement, offering a smart presentation that was virtually BS-free, as well as outlining their focus in very favorable areas (core gamers, Indie devs, easier development tools).
No two ways about it, Sony's got the most ammo to fire off this presentation: we've got a nice farewell send-off for the PS3 with Beyond: Two Souls and Gran Turismo 6, a possible revitalization for the Vita with some appealing new titles, PS4-connectivity features and maybe a price drop, and undoubtedly some new games and features to show off with the PS4, as well as a release date and possible price. If they also manage to show one or both of their long-delayed but still-hyped games (The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy Versus XIII) under new PS4 tech, then they will really cause a stir with gamers around the world.
Basically, Sony would have to try really hard to mess up their conference.
Following the arguably disastrous and undeniably boring reveal of the Xbox One, there's been a lot of insistence from fans and MS employees alike that their E3 presentation will be entirely, 100% focused on games.
I don't believe that for one second. If you're really expecting them to not tout their TV features, exclusive ESPN partnership or Kinect+Dashboard functionality, I truly feel sorry for you.
The good news is that their conference should be mostly
focused on games, but as for which titles will take up the bulk of the conference, well....I fully expect a lengthy "played" demo of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as has been their tradition for some time now. I also expect something similar for Batman: Arkham Origins.
The real question is how many new and exclusive Xbox 1 games will make an appearance during the conference. I honestly can't say for certain. I can only hope they have something new to show that isn't a third party game or an upscaled "Xbox 360.5" title.
The good news with their online presentation is that we'll be spared the embarrassing moments of filler such as a plastic instrument band or Wii Fit stage demonstration. The bad news is that we won't have hilarious moments of filler such as a plastic instrument band or Wii Fit stage demonstration.
I expect this year to be Nintendo's most "predictable" presentation...but also one of their best. We pretty much know what they're going to show: a new Mario, a new Smash Bros, Wind Waker HD, perhaps a tease for Zelda Wii U, and perhaps some 3DS games (come ooooon, Punch-Out 3D and Super Metroid 2!).
All of it is going to look great and will no doubt be bought by everyone come launch day....but those are all things we saw coming. I highly doubt we'll get any big surprises along the lines of Twilight Princess (back when it was a Gamecube game) or Metroid: Other M (which floored everyone
until we actually played it), and third party reveals seem even rarer. We might get a Zombi U 2 reveal, which should be neat, but again....no big surprises.
Sad to say, the one thing I'm probably most excited about is a Wii U price drop, which then leads to a new Ambassador program for early adopters. I want some digital Wii and Gamecube games, darn it.
I really couldn't stress enough how profoundly disappointed I've been with Square this gen, at least from their Japanese side of games. That goes especially for Final Fantasy, which was once an RPG series that made everyone stop and take notice whenever a new game was announced. These days, a new FF game results in everyone pointing and laughing.
They've been spending a considerable amount of time hyping up E3, almost making you believe they have something worthwhile to show. The company has also been undergoing a corporate makeover, with new policies that sound appealing in paper ("shorter development times, more community focus in shaping their games") and others....not so much ("more smartphone games, more money spent on advertising").
Let's be honest here: even if Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn end up as legitimately great games (the latter has a good chance, the former...), no one is really going to care about either during E3. Square must be aware of this, and simply must have something more substantial to show at E3. We know they've got a "new FF announcement" planned...they had the balls to take up time in the PS4 conference to illustrate that point while also being the only company to not have something new to show.
There's been a ton of rumors pointing to that game being Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which has now been re-branded Final Fantasy XV and is now a PS4 game. Personally, I would be satisfied with that confirmation, even though many jaded people will immediately compare it to DNF. That said, I really am hoping they've got even more to show off besides that. More than anything I want to get a sense that they have finally learned from their years of embarrassments and have taken the first steps to restore some faith with the next generation.
They might as well call themselves "Metal Gear Production Company", because whatever they've got to show will undoubtedly be 99% MGSV focused. That said, I'm still holding on to hope that with they will utilize the allegedly versatile FOX Engine to bring back some of their long-dormant franchises, as well as hopefully finding a developer that actually knows how to make a proper Silent Hill game.
Persona 5. Persona 5. Persona 5. Persona 5. Persona 5.
That's about everything I'm hoping for. Let's hear your own predictions.