E3 Predictions + Most Anticipated

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; nothing gets me more excited than E3, and the inevitable tears that come as gamers are celebrated and celebrating the new releases to come. I don’t remember an E3 where I haven’t cried at the announcement of a game, looking at you Zelda, or those really emotional videos that thank the community for being who they are. It’s pathetic, I know. With this wonderful time of the year comes the expectations and hopes of games to be announced, so here’s my list of games I hope to see, and think we’ll see (even if I’m not particularly happy about it).

It should be no surprise to no surprise that The Last of Us Part II is the shining star of my list. Naughty Dogs announcement trailer for the sequel to my favourite game (there, I said it) was phenomenal. I was honestly quite content at the ending of Joel and Ellie’s story, but I cannot deny that I’m excited to see what’s in store for us this time round. Naughty Dog couldn’t disappoint even if they tried, and I’m excited to see exactly where this story takes us. I feel like it’s safe to assume that this time round the main game-play focus will be on Ellie, and I’m fully prepared to cry at any trailer presented to us this year.

Hideo Kojima is my favourite person when it comes to anything related to video games; he created one of my favourite game series, and in general is just the most phenomenally interesting human, I cannot help but adore him. Kojima’s latest venture into ‘what on earth is this?’ is Death Stranding. A game that no one really knows anything about except for Kojima himself. I can’t tell you anything about what’s going on, all I know is that I’m excited. Whatever Kojima throws at me, I will embrace, and I feel like it’s certain we’ll see more of Death Stranding at E3. I’m not expecting a release date anytime soon, but I’d settle on seeing more naked Norman Reedus, if I’m being completely honest.

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Spider-Man is far and easy my favourite Marvel superhero, but I’ve never held any interest in Spider-Man game until now. Marvel and Insomniac Games have teamed up to give us some incredible introductory trailers, and game-play that looks above and beyond what we’ve seen before. We’ve been promised an experienced Peter Parker, so I can only hope we don’t have to sit through his origin story yet again.

God. Of. War. I’ve always enjoyed God of War, but the series departure from Greek mythology to Norse mythology has piqued my interest more than anything. The venture into Nordic gods is explained as a geographical border; we’re no longer in Greece, but in Norway – but Kratos isn’t a Viking. God of War has pushed its way up my list, because the game is set in a time before the gods had abandoned us, and monsters still roamed the earth.

I’m one of those “Final Fantasy VII is the best Final Fantasy” girls, so it should really come as no surprise that the FF7 remake is an absolute priority for me in “games to cry about” at this years E3. I can only hope that along with the inevitable delay, and an unannounced release date, that we’ll get to see more of how the game plays, what changes have been made, and more look at my first video game crush ever, Cloud Strife. We already know that turn-based combat is long gone, and while I don’t want anything open world, I can only hope that VII will play similarly to XV.

When EA announced Star Wars Battlefront II at the Star Wars Celebration this year, I was absolutely blown away. Between a female header character, and a campaign that looks legitimately interesting, I’m excited. We already have a release date, but I’m expecting we’ll get to see more of Battlefront II at EA Play.

I don’t believe we’ll be seeing Bloodborne II, at least not any time soon, but I can dream. The rumours flying around that Bloodborne II will be the big reveal at Sony’s Press Conference are everywhere; we’ve seen leaks that may or may not be fake, and as much as I want them to be real, I’m trying not to get my hopes up. Venturing deeper into Bloodborne and its lore would be incredible, and I’d really love to be wrong about it not being announced.

Sony has also made a statement that we can expect more Japanese games to come to E3 this year, and if it’s anything like the Japanese releases we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing already this year (NieR:Automata, Persona 5 etc) then whatever Japanese games showcased at Sony’s Press Conference this year will be mind-blowing.

I have a dream, and that dream is Bayonetta 3. Platinum Games have confirmed that they’re developing a game for the Nintendo Switch, and I’m hoping beyond hope that it’ll be another Bayonetta title. I’d settle for Bayonetta 1+2 being re-released on the Switch, because not everyone got to experience the masterpiece that is Bayonetta 2 on the Wii U. With the success of the Switch, more people would get to experience this incredible series, and more than anything I would love to see Bayonetta in any way, shape, or form, at E3.

It’s about the right time for another Tomb Raider game to be announced; the Tomb Raider reboot was released in 2013, Rise of the Tomb Raider released initially in 2015, and with the success of Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4, I feel like it’s safe to say that we should be expecting another entry to the Tomb Raider reboot franchise sometime soon. This isn’t so much as a prediction, but is a very deep hope, as Rise of the Tomb Raider is an extraordinary game, and Lara Croft deserves another addition to her story.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed to 2018, but in most, if not all cases, delays are a good thing, and this is no exception. So we don’t have a set release date, but fingers crossed for a new trailer, and a bit more insight about what has changed since its predecessor.

There has been a lot of talk about The Evil Within 2, and while there’s definitely some intrigue in it for me, I was all in all disappointed with The Evil Within, and feel no need for a continuation of that story. I was directing that hype train like there’s no tomorrow, and the game fell flat for me. The Evil Within 2 is pretty much confirmed at this point, and I can only hope that the story will be redeemed in this sequel.

I’m feeling a certain level of hype for Far Cry 5, which I’ve never really felt before. We’ll also have more information about Assassins Creed: Origins – Egyptian assassins sounds cool, but I’m only really going to be interested if we have another optional female playable character. Ubisoft made such a step forward with Syndicate and playing as Evie Frye, and taking away that option just seems like such a stupid step backwards that it could be damaging.

This list will be updated as more rumours come to light, or I remember more games that I’m desperate for a sequel to.

What are you most looking forward to at E3 this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Paris Vakarian

So you may have figured out that I’m Paris; despite the username, no my surname isn’t actually Vakarian. I’m an Australian PlayStation enthusiast with an undying love for all things Mass Effect, hence the username. Despite a general dislike of online games I’m mildly obsessed with Overwatch, but story heavy games are what I love the most. Talk to me about space, Naughty Dog, and The Witcher and we’ll be best friends.

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