Hey, welcome to a blog full of E3 predictions. In no way are these predictions based on anything other than my own fevered imagination and questionable powers of reasoning. And with that, let's start with...
Things that will definitely happen: Sony announces PSP Go!
- Pretty self evident, but the rumours have been flying about for months from umpteen sources, so I think it's safe to call this one a fact.
Nintendo hypes the hell out of MotionPlus
- Nintendo will push the new addon in a big way. There'll no doubt be another Wii Sports Resort
demo, plus a huge reel of thirdparty games with support. I'll also say that there'll be a new title announced which is MotionPlus compatible (see below)
Microsoft announces Motion-sensing camera
- Again, pretty much a given after the huge number of rumours that have leaked out. It's what software that is announced alongside which will really make the difference. I'm going to predict several crappy family friendly casual games.
Sony and Microsoft go head-to-head on software
- For Sony, it'll be all about the huge exclusives - God of War III, Heavy Rain, MAG, Uncharted
2. Microsoft will have a few of their own, but I predict them to follow last year's example and lean heavily on third party presentations. There's no doubt Modern Warfare 2
will be at the Microsoft conference, and I expect big showings from Assassin's Creed II, Mass Effect 2
and Splinter Cell Conviction
also, as well as maybe the first footage of the new GTAIV DLC.
The Beatles:Rock Band to be playable and a show stealer
- Harmonix will pull the trigger and unleash full details including an on the floor demo and full track list , and it will take the show by storm. I wouldn't rule out an unexpected Beatles-related celebrity appearance either.
Something to appear out of nowhere and blow us away
- It happens every single year. Inevitably the biggest talking point of the show will be something we never saw coming, be it a new game announcement, or a piece of industry news. Remember the FFXIII bombshell last year? Better get your flame-resistant jackets ready.
Things that might happen Nintendo makes partial return to the hardcore
- After taking a great deal of flak for last year's conference, and the subsequent (relative) failure of Wii Music
, I predict Nintendo will throw a few bones to the hardcore Wii gamers. There'll still be tons of casual stuff of course, but I think we will at least see a WIP trailer of a new Zelda plus at least one other franchise revival, probably F-Zero or Starfox. Kid Icarus
, if it ever existed, is dead and buried.
Sony show 'Project Trico'
- I'm unsure about this one. It would provide a huge PR boost, which Sony desperately needs, but at the expense of distracting from important titles like Uncharted 2 for what is at the very earliest a 2010 release with relatively niche appeal. This will come to light for sure at TGS but I don't think we'll see it here.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII breaks cover, goes multiplatform
- The first part is a reasonably safe bet, with Square needing to keep the hype machine running and Versus still an unknown quantity at this point. The second one is more of a shot in the dark, but it makes commercial sense, and I think Square and Sony's love affair is well and truly over at this point.
Kojima unveils new Metal Gear, goes multiplatform
- I actually think Kojima will reveal something else as well as Metal Gear, but whatever he does, it's bound to be multiplatform. With increased western influence on both himself and Konami, and the furore over MGS4's non-appearance on 360, it would be silly at this point not to. Plus, his teaser site's countdown runs out on the same day as the Microsoft press conference. Coincedence?
Alan Wake returns, is substantially different
- Every year we expect this, but the rumours have been swirling stronger this year. For all the vapourware tags, Remedy are a top developer, and the fact that inerest has held together this long shows the excitement about the concept.
Things that probably won't happen PS3 price cut/PS3 Slim announcement
- Sony will stretch out the current PS3 price as long as possible as they look to claw back every last penny and cent. There will be a price drop this year, but it's likely to be much closer to Christmas. Meanwhile, while I'm beginning to believe the PS3 Slim exists, it's no doubt far too embryonic to be shown off yet.
Zune HD integrating with XBLA titles
- Too many technical headaches, too many licensing issues and too much wishful thinking. Bonus prediction - Zune HD will again not see release outside of NA.
DSi Virtual console featuring GB/GBA games
- Not something I think Nintendo is prepared to put time and effort into at this stage, and the market would be a bit more niche. Maybe at TGS, but it's a little early in the DSi's lifespan.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 shown
- Ubisoft seem to have locked it away in the basement, once again the unloved child of the publisher that brings you Imagine Babyz
Duke Nukem Forever revived
- Although 3D Realms has shown signs of life, I think it's best that this one stays dead and fades away, and I'm pretty sure any straight thinking publisher will think that also.
Final Fantasy VII remake announced
- Look, can we just let it go already?
These games are shown
- Pikmin 3, Kingdom Hearts III, Fallout New Vegas, Deus Ex 3
, any Metroid
title, Kid Icarus Wii, Half Life 2:Episode 3
and many, many others...
Agree? Disagree? Leave comments telling me how accurate/WRONG I am.