E3 is fast approaching, and I’m pretty damn excited for this year’s event. It’s around this sort of time (a few years after the release of the latest generation of consoles) that we can expect some really exciting game announcements. Last year was pretty exciting, but this year has the potential to be bigger and better than ever. Here are our five hopes for this year’s event!
1) News on Fallout 4
Fallout 4 is going to happen, hopefully sooner rather than later, and I’d be pretty surprised if that game isn’t announced and discussed at this year’s E3. Fallout 3 was a sensational game, and a fourth instalment (excluding New Vegas), would be the perfect fit for the next-gen consoles. So news on Fallout 4, even if it’s just a tiny teaser, would be perfect for me – something solid to go on would make me one happy camper.
2) More on Crackdown 3
Crackdown was incredible, but Crackdown 2 wasn’t quite as good in my opinion. Hopefully, a third instalment could continue the series’ stellar reputation. We were teased with a brief cinematic trailer for another Crackdown game at least year’s E3, so it’s pretty safe to assume that we’ll be seeing a bit more of the game at this year’s event!
3) “Class 4” / State of Decay 2(ish)
We at IM PLAYIN (mostly me) are massive fans of State of Decay. We adored the original title on the 360, and we were just as enthralled with the Year One Survival Edition on the One. Over the past few years, Undead Labs has been teasing an untitled project called ‘Class 4’. From their various blog posts, it seems as though this game will be far bigger and better than State of Decay, which is pretty damn exciting. Phil Spencer has been tweeting, as he so often does, that Microsoft will be announcing a new exclusive IP this year at E3, so I’m predicting that this new IP could well be the untitled “Class 4” project from Undead Labs… that’s what I’m hoping for, anyway. Undead Labs and Microsoft have had a deal over the past few years to create games exclusively for the 360, One and PC, so this could well be a safe bet!
4) Project Morpheus and the HoloLens
We should be seeing a fair bit of Morpheus at this year’s E3 – which is always welcome in my books. I’ve messed around with the Rift on a number of occasions, so I’m really excited to see what Morpheus holds for the future of VR technology. The HoloLens is something slightly different, combining augmented and virtual reality together in some sort of Star Trek style holographic gaming experience. Whether or not it will be as revolutionary as the teaser videos have suggested is yet to be seen – we all remember when Microsoft first teased the Kinect with Project Milo on the 360, and how exciting it all seemed at the time. Still, any news on the HoloLens will be warmly welcomed for yours truly!
5) Something from left field
When it comes to E3, the most exciting announcements are always the ones that come from left field, and hit us out of the blue. The little teases of new games, the hints of sequels to some of our favourite titles – that’s where E3 gets most exciting for me. What sort of unexpected, ‘in my wildest dreams’, announcement would I personally like to see? Half-Life 3, The Last of us 2, or Left 4 Dead 3 – each equally unlikely, but I’ll remain hopeful.
So what about you? What hopes do you have for this year’s E3? Let me know in the comments below!