Flogging a dead horse is only fun for so long; we all know by now that this year's E3 was a snore. While the the event hasn't even officially wrapped; speculation is the modus operandi of the internet. Therefore, I present my predictions for what we will see 365 days hence.
1. Final Fantasy XIII dated for Japan, US/EU release schedule still unclear.
After reading 1up.com interview with the Square developers it is certain that this game is still a ways out. Considering that everyone outside of the Land of the Rising Sun will have to wait for the 360 version to be completed I have a dreadful feeling that we will be lucky to see it before the end of the decade. Possibly Western versions of the game get nebulous dating such as Q1 2010, but nothing firm.
2. New Kojima Game Unveiled
Who knows on this one for sure but a year from now the MGS awe will be well worn off and fanboys will be eagerly awaiting word from the Japanese game designer. Will it be a new Metal Gear game? A sequel to another IP? Or something new altogther?
3. Nintendo Confirms an Actual Game
After wasting wasting hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes of plastic by releasing pseudo-games like Wii Music and Wii Hop-Scotch , Nintendo shocks the gaming world by announcing a actual video game. Expect this to be a follow up by one of the two big boys(Link and Mario), I thinking Link this time.
Bonus points: Game uses motion control in a sensible and interesting way.
Extra mega penis enlarging internet bonus points: Game is announced as launch title for the Wii Twii pronounced "We Twee" (I am assuming they will jump ahead to 3 just because of the obnoxious cuteness ofit sounding like something said by a five year old with a speech impediment).
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4.Sony announces PS2 and most PS3 games on PSN as downloads
It was clear to my from my Boston brother's, Jack, press conference on Tuesday that Sony really believes in downloads as the wave of the future. Sure there will still be some huge games that will be best for Blu-Ray but I expect to see at 50% of all PS3 games making their debuts using online distribution. Corollary to this expect to see more games coming out in discrete episodic chunks. However, I doubt that we will be able to buy HD movies on the PS3 anytime soon, if ever, with their backing of blu-ray so strong.
5. XBOX 360 Sucessor makes an appearance
It may feel like this generation just started the 360 will be nearly 4 years old by this time next year. It is clear from many interviews with Microsoft execs that they want to be the first to market with the next-next gen console again. They are known to shun Sony's idea of the 10 year console model and that lead me to believe this is a near lock for 2009. Barring a full new console announcement expect a Blu-Ray add-on.
How realilistic is this list? It's hard to say. But one thing is for sure, even if just a few of these things come true, E3 will be immensly more entertaining than this year. read