With the Electronic Entertainment Expo being just four weeks away on June 12th, gamers are speculating what will be possibly announced at the biggest gaming convention of the year. There’s a lot of content that publishers and developers will be displaying all the way up until the 14th, but what exactly should everyone be looking forward to seeing that we do know about?
1. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
While there isn’t a lot of information surrounding Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, which was announced in March, I think fans of the Tom Clancy game series should be excited. The Division 2 is the follow-up to Ubisoft Massive’s intense open world looter-shooter game, and while the first game may not have been the best starting out, it still has an opportunity to shine after the studio hopefully will show that they’ve learned from what went wrong with the fledgling first installment. The possibilities for what the sequel may incorporate are endless as it may take players to a whole new setting where the amount of content is going to give players a lot to do and increase the game’s longevity in a similar fashion to other Ubisoft titles like Assassin’s Creed Origins and Far Cry 5. There is also a strong chance that Ubisoft will try to revamp the game to possibly better reel in those who have never played a Tom Clancy game just like with Origins and Far Cry 5.
2. Battlefield 5
Electronic Arts plans to roll out another installment in their widely popular Battlefield franchise this October. They have been very cryptic with details surrounding the next first-person shooter title, but that is soon to change with a live reveal set to take place later today. More information is likely to be further publicized at E3, with an alpha or beta rolling out soon after. Many fans are speculating that the first-person shooter is going to take notes from 2017’s Battlefield 1 by staying within the past and more specifically World War II, which is familiar territory for the franchise which started with titles like Battlefield 1942.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
As one of Battlefield’s major competitors, I do not think people should take their eyes off of the Call of Duty franchise for even a second. The franchise is set to head into a different direction than prior installments as it is set to incorporate a Battle Royale mode, remove the campaign, and possibly releasing free maps instead of offering a season pass. However, that last one has yet to be confirmed but with publisher Activision’s desire to compete with the trend of Epic Games’ Fortnite and still on the road to regaining the public trust after Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare performed and sold poorly it isn’t impossible. Either way, this year’s E3 should be an interesting experience for long time Call of Duty fans and those who may still be cynical about the franchise, which is beginning to tread into uncharted territory which may or may not pay off in the end.
For Electronic Arts and BioWare, this year’s E3 is going to be pivotal for them and their upcoming title Anthem, which is set to release in March next year. Yes, the game had a fancy and well-shot debut gameplay trailer, but that’s never enough to sell anyone on a game such as this just as it wasn’t for similar games such as Destiny and Destiny 2. Hopefully, EA can come out on top and provide gamers with information on classes, quest system, and so much more. This is definitely one of the few chances Electronic Arts will have to regain the public’s goodwill and it’s money after it is still reeling from the controversial release of Star Wars: Battlefront II, which was met with a wide-range of criticism due to it’s microtransaction system.
5. Death Stranding
The Kojima produced game has been met with wide-praise and excitement since it was announced two years ago at E3 2016. The game has amassed a growing cast of well-respected talents like Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and even The Shape of Water director Guillermo Del Toro. While there may not be any gameplay footage yet Sony has confirmed that Kojima’s Death Stranding will have a presence at E3, where gamers may get some gameplay footage as well as more casting announcements.
6. The Last of Us: Part 2
While details surrounding the sequel to one of the most critically well-received games on the Playstation 4 have been scarce, The Last of Us: Part 2 did make a debut at the Paris Games Week 2018. This was enough for Naughty Dog to keep fans of the title interested and excited, until more information is revealed at a later date. That later date is very soon though, as Sony has confirmed that the game will be presented at E3 2018. This means that there is a chance for fans to get a look at gameplay and a possible release date. Either way, I don’t doubt that Naughty Dog will be generating a lot of positive buzz this year as they often do whenever they release a title.
It has been awhile since we were last blessed with a console-based Marvel game and now Insomniac Games is all set to remedy that with it’s upcoming open-world wall-crawling adventure game. With the free-flow combat style of the Batman Arkham series, a system of movement a la Sunset Overdrive, and that bright Marvel aesthetic, Spider-Man already has us hooked. While we have already got a release date and some footage, not much left can be done for this title at E3 2018. However, we could possibly get a look at Miles Morales who had a quick cameo in a trailer for the web-slinging PS4 exclusive or some gameplay elements that we have yet to see.
8. Shadow of The Tomb Raider
Lara Croft is going to make another splash appearance at E3 2018 with Shadow of The Tomb Raider, courtesy of Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics. The Canadian studio is all set to debut gameplay footage this year, which has reportedly been highly promising and will have fans of the Tomb Raider series drooling. It has been reported that this new entry will be further returning the character to her roots with more “classic” tombs, high octane action sequences, the ability to dive underwater, and other impressive features. It has been teased that the game will incorporate non-linear gameplay as Lara will make certain moral choices that forces her to save people and be a good girl. Who doesn’t love a game with ingredients like this?
9. Red Dead Redemption 2
With constant speculation surrounding whether the game will be pushed back again Rockstar Games is slowly beginning to publicize details surrounding their upcoming open-world western title and sequel to the popular Red Dead Redemption, which was released in 2010. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel which explores the Dutch Gang, the American West, and so much more based on what we’ve seen from trailers for it. However, we have yet to see any actual gameplay footage but with the game releasing in October, it is very likely that Rockstar will make some noise this year with gameplay footage, information on the multiplayer, and the long-speculated Battle Royale mode, which has yet to be confirmed.
There are many other titles being announced at E3 but these are the major ones that a lot of gamers should pay special attention to as they are all major fall and spring releases. Some titles have also yet to be announced but it has been recently speculated that Ubisoft may debut a new Splinter Cell or Assassin’s Creed game based on leaks from Amazon and Walmart. We have yet to confirm the validity of every title in these leaks outside of Rage 2 but we are sure to find out in the coming days and weeks leading up to E3 as well as at E3 itself.
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