Ah, E3. The (in)famous expo where gamers the world over can get the latest scoop on upcoming games as well as get their grubby mitts on playable demos before anyone else. Of course, it’s still a month and a half away, so why not pass the time by speculating? Here’s a list of 5 games that we here at OnlySP predict will show up, sober or not, at this year’s E3.
Officially announced back in 2008, this one’s been in on-and-off development for quite some time, considering it had to share elbow room with Rage. However, in 2011, John Carmack finally stated that “as soon as Rage ships, the core tech team moves over to start making things happen on the Doom 4 project.”
Well, Rage has shipped, and since then leaked images from Bethesda have popped up on the internet recently, looking mighty fine and believed to be part of an Id project. Eventually Id’s creative director Matthew Hooper spoke up and stated, “Those images have nothing to do with what you’re gonna see in Doom4. When we officially show things you’ll see awesome.”
See awesome, we will. Now that Id is focusing all of it’s resources on Doom 4, which has been in the works for a long while anyway, we believe we’ll finally get to see a proper glimpse of the hellish shooter itself.
Eternal Darkness 2
Fans have been begging for a sequel to the cult hit Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem practically since it’s release, and with developer Silicon Knights now having their schedule cleared, it seems they’re finally listening.
In an interview with Denis Dyack recently, he stated; “We’re smaller, obviously,” referring to layoffs, “and we’re going back to our roots. I’m really looking forward to a point in time when we can talk about it, it’s just not today.” When pressed about questions regarding Eternal Darkness 2, he stated “I don’t think it is too much to ask. Certainly we love Eternal Darkness. It’s a project that’s near and dear to our hearts.” Dyack noted that the game is “requested a lot by a lot of people” and later said “We’re really excited and we’re working on our next generation stuff. We’re working on an IP that’s our most requested and we’re really excited about that.”
The first game was, naturally, a Gamecube exclusive. The next-generation Wii U, also a Nintendo console, is inching ever closer. With that in mind, it doesn’t seem out of the question to expect a reveal of a potential Eternal Darkness 2 on the Wii U.
Star Wars: Battlefront 3
Far-fetched, you say? Not if you look at all evidence. While it has been a long time in the making with many studios becoming involved, it seems like Battlefront III may finally be coming into it’s own.
Firstly, developer Spark Unlimited posted several job ads stating that they were hiring for a “AAA third person sci-fi title”. Next, it was rumored that Spark Unlimited, who claimed they got a new publisher, were talking to LucasArts over dinner at this year’s GDC.
Finally, the developers responded to our tweet regarding their presence at E3, stating; “Yes, we are planning to attend E3. Most everyone have their badges.” They just weren’t put on the exhibitor list. When you put all the pieces together, it’s not to hard to see why Star Wars: Battlefront III could be revealed at E3. With the fanbase eagerly anticipating it for years as well as the recent release of an old pre-alpha prototype as proof of past development, we just might have new hope in a month or so.
Dragon Age 3
Once upon a time, in the weird and wonderful lands of Metacritic and Gamefaqs, gamers the world over complained their mouths off about Dragon Age 2‘s streamlined and simplified gameplay. But no more, said the Bioware prophet Mike Laidlaw, as he recently announced at PAX that a potential Dragon Age sequel would not fall into the same gameplay pitfalls as its predecessor. He didn’t explicitly say the words Dragon Age 3, but one could easily tell that he was talking about a sequel while still trying to keep its existence a secret.
Him coming to PAX yet not actually revealing anything is a dead giveaway that Bioware is saving something big for E3. They’ve also stated that they’ve been watching Skyrim very attentively, and several recent interviews with them have given insight into how a potential Dragon Age 3 would be structured. Sounds to us like we’ll be hearing about a third entry come June.
The next 3D Castlevania
This one’s a no-brainer. Shortly after Castlevania: Lords of Shadow released, the game’s composer spilled the beans on a sequel, stating that it was in early development and that they were planning to make it even bigger and better than before. More recently, the game’s producer David Cox sent out an ambiguous tweet that nevertheless sounded like it was related to Castlevania, what with mentions of the land of Dracula and all that. He ended with the encouraging words “You will see….”. Perhaps we will, Cox, quite soon.
Konami waited until E3 to reveal Lords of Shadow, and it seems like this Castlevania won’t be any different. They have a habit of waiting until E3 to reveal their games, and it’s already been a year and a half since Lords of Shadow released, so if the folks at Mercury Steam truly are working on a sequel, which is likely given how well the first game sold, then E3 2012 seems like the perfect time and place to announce it.
There you have it. 5 titles which we believe will be announced and maybe even showcased at this year’s E3. Do you guys agree? Disagree? Are there any games we didn’t mention that you think will be revealed? Leave us a comment below! Also make sure to follow us when E3 does roll around for extensive coverage on the hottest titles. It’s gonna be big!