This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is just over a month and a half away now. We’ll be bringing you full coverage from the event itself along with reactions and discussions to all the news that is released. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing my predictions, hopes, and wishes for what will be announced at the event. On Monday I shared what I think Microsoft will announce during their press conference, today it’s the turn of the third party publishers.
South Park: The Fractured, But Whole Release Date Announced
South Park is one of the longest running animated series of all time. Throughout its lifespan, there have been countless games representing the franchise. The problem was that many of them were just abysmal. When Obsidian and Ubisoft released South Park: The Stick Of Truth, it was met with critical acclaim. The Role-playing game followed the events of the black Friday trilogy of episodes from the series and put players in the role of a new kid who moved to the titular town. Having the creators of the show design the game’s map and voice the characters was a fantastic touch, but the utilization of responsive gameplay mechanics and the franchise’s iconic, yet offensive humor is what made the game truly shine. South Park: The Fractured, But Whole was announced at last year’s E3 and ditches the fantasy theme for a superhero backdrop. While the first game had a long development time, I believe that the sequel will be released sooner than expected and we will learn about a finalized date during the conference next month.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 Is Finally Coming
Beyond Good & Evil is a cult classic. The game came out in 2003 and since the initial release, fans have asked for a sequel. For many years now, the game has been in development and there was even a trailer for the game a few years ago. Fans have still been waiting and there still hasn’t been a timeframe given for the game’s release. Ubisoft often relies on “safer” franchises like the Assassin’s Creed games, and various Tom Clancy games, but it’s time for Ubisoft to give the fans what they want. Beyond Good & Evil was very innovative for it’s time and with the advancements in technology since the original game, the sequel can be something truly special for the publisher.
Square Enix – Kingdom Hearts 3 Demo Released
Final Fantasy XV is launching later this year after a long development cycle. Another game from the publisher that has been in development for a while (and on many fans’ wishlists) is Kingdom Hearts 3. Announced during Sony’s 2013 E3 press conference, many fans have been hoping for a new installment in the main series for years. Not much has been seen from the game in a while, but now is the time for Square Enix to get people excited for the upcoming title. What better way to do this then by releasing a demo on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 during E3. While the game is probably very far away from a full release, treating gamers to a small taste of what’s to come is a step in the right direction.
Rockstar Games: Red Dead Redemption Remastered & Red Dead Redemption 2
Fellow enthusiast Steve thinks that Rockstar Games will announce Red Dead Redemption 2 during this year’s E3. I’m also in the same boat on that prediction, but I think that the studio will take this announcement one step further. I think that alongside the announcement for the sequel to the popular open-world western, Rockstar will also reveal that a remastered version of Red Dead Redemption will also be coming. When the studio re-released Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the graphics were enhanced and jaw-dropping while new gameplay mechanics were introduced. Imagine how spectacular a next-generation version of Red Dead Redemption would look like? With a studio like Rockstar Games, I wouldn’t put it passed them to do something this. Maybe a remastered version of the game is why it hasn’t been added to the backwards compatible list on the Xbox One.
Warner Brothers Interactive: LEGO Dimensions Year Two Revealed
A few days ago, the instruction manual for a LEGO Dimensions figure of Supergirl appeared online. While it’s not confirmed if the figure is promotional or if it will hit stores, we do know that TT Games plans on supporting the Toys-To-Life game for three years. It would only make sense that the developer will announce their plans for the second year of LEGO Dimensions. I believe that the first wave of figures and a release date will be revealed during the show.
Bethesda – A New Fallout Is Announced
Hear me out on this one. Fallout 3 was released in 2008. 2 years later, Fallout: New Vegas shipped to stores. If we were to follow the same release schedule, then a new spin-off of the popular franchise may see a release next year. Bethesda is a publisher that is usually shrouded in secrecy so it’s not far-fetched to think that another game in the Fallout universe is already in the works. When Fallout 4 was announced, the game had been in development for quite sometime and then was released without delay. I believe that the publisher is ready to unveil the next big game to the industry in June.
Well, these are my E3 predictions regarding third party publishers. What do you think about my predictions? What do you think will happen during the show? Leave a comment below.