As we move ever-so closer to E3 2014, the speculation has begun on what Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony and the third parties will reveal this year. There have also been many surprises at least year’s E3 event, which include the announcements of Kingdom Hearts III, Killer Instinct, Star Wars Battlefront. Here’s what we hope to see at E3 2014.
~ Written by Chris Penwell, Nathan Hughes, and Jared Jarboe ~
The Last Guardian for the PlayStation 4
The developers behind Shadow of the Colossus and Ico first showed off The Last Guardian during E3 2009 and ever since then, we have seen nothing of it. With the prospect of having an intelligent beast to take control of and puzzle elements in a high fidelity environment and engine, this game looked remarkable five years ago. The Last Guardian has been in the rumor mill of becoming vaporware but Sony’s software product development head, Scott Rohde, told IGN almost two months ago, that it’s “still a title that’s absolutely in the mix.”
So where is Team ICO’s long awaited game and when will it be releasing? Famitsu has given a report that more information and a release date could come soon if development stays on track. Perhaps we could see a re-reveal during Sony’s E3 conference for the PlayStation 4. Last year, another overdue title, Final Fantasy Versus XIII was re-branded as Final Fantasy XV with a generational step up at Sony’s E3 Press Conference. Could The Last Guardian be far behind?
Project Beast (Working Title)
Dark Souls creators, From Software, have recently had a leak for a Sony published game entitled, Project Beast. While details are somewhat unclear about the timeframe for the title’s release, including just what state the game is currently in, the leaker mentioned the game was very much a Dark Souls-styled game and the trailer (from which the screenshots originated) would be shown at E3 2014, most likely during Sony’s conference.
The return of the Halo franchise was teased last year at E3, with a trailer for an upcoming game and a recent announcement of an upcoming Xbox Originals series based on the Halo universe. While 343 Industries and Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on the future of the gaming franchise, or when the series would return in a full-fledged game, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has recently tweeted that Halo news will be unveiled at E3 2014 next month, and that 343 Industries has plans to share very soon… but what?
With Halo 4‘s production starting in 2009 and taking at least three years to be produced, and with the production of the newest numbered entry in the Halo franchise starting on a brand new platform right after Halo 4‘s own release in 2012, it doesn’t seem logically sound to expect a release of Halo 5 sometime in 2014… but that doesn’t mean they won’t reveal it. After all, Halo 4 was revealed originally at E3 2011.
But maybe the date of this year is also super important. This year would mark the 10th Anniversary of the game’s most prolific title, and quite possibly the one that changed the gaming world the most from the franchise: Halo 2. After the release of Halo Anniversary, demand for a Halo 2 HD remake soared through forums and online posts… Even on 343’s own Halo boards. In fact, just this March, Phil Spencer also vaguely commented on the possiblity and requirements for a Halo 2 Anniversary release during an interview with IGN at GDC.
It has been no secret to many that before the company completely collapsed after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, THQ was working on a new entry in their newly created Homefront franchise through its Kaos Studios developer. After the sale of the assets and franchise for a mere $500,000 USD, Crytek had announced that they have taken up the reins on the franchise and will be building a brand new title (Homefront 2, of course) with the latest CryEngine technology on next-generation hardware for their 2014 Fiscal Year from their UK studios… which ended two months ago, actually. Assuming the title is still in production, it’s only a matter of time before we see the game surface.
Fallout 4 has been on everyone’s brain since E3 2013. With dozens of rumors flying around and even a fake website to boot, speculation since last year have been at all an time high. Kotaku themselves claim they’ve received documents indicating the game will be set in Boston. However, Bethesda has made sure to quash rumors and speculation, saying that “if you don’t hear it through an official channel”, it’s false. So, for the most part, there’s no confirmed information about Fallout 4. So why would it appear at E3?
Interest in a new Fallout game has done nothing but sky-rocket since E3 2013. A recent trademark for Nuka-Cola, multiple forum posts and “what we want” articles on game sites; all of this has been fuel to the fire for a new entry in the post-apocalyptic RPG. After the rather disappointing Elder Scrolls Online entry, fans have been clamouring for Bethesda to return to Fallout now more than ever. With E3 right around the corner, the ball is in Bethesda’s court. Could they finally unveil something at E3 this year? Here’s hoping.
Rainbow Six: Patriots
Announced originally in November 2011, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots was to be a “dynamic” and “innovative” title for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC when it was released in 2013. Unforunately, the title was lost in the shuffle of a brand new console cycle, caught between generations of hardware. That’s when Ubisoft made a somewhat controversial decision in scrapping the entire game’s production and relaunching the project exclusively on Next-Generation hardware from the ground up. It isn’t known what the state of the game is currently, other than the fact that Ubisoft Montreal, Toronto and Red Storm are hard at work developing the title.
But will it be shown at E3 2014? Many of Ubisoft’s upcoming and current projects are already revealed to many, with Watch_Dogs finally ending its two year hype cycle at the end of May, two Assassin’s Creed projects already in the open, The Division, and The Crew set to release this fall. Ubisoft isn’t a company that is known to have everything out on the table in the lead-up to E3, so here’s hoping Patriots is something they’ll reveal in full during their June 9th conference.
Unannounced Retro Studios Project
When it comes to Nintendo’s close-knit studios, there’s arguably not a single one more beloved from their fans than Retro Studios, developer of the Metroid Prime and the revived Donkey Kong Country series. In an interview with Gamespot, Nintendo has confirmed that Retro Studios has been working non-stop on a new title ever since November and to add even more fuel to the speculative fire, Retro Studios has been hiring non-stop for AI and UI engineers for an upcoming project.
What could they possibly be working on? Shigeru Miyamoto has also hinted in the past that Retro Studios is a high-priority choice for working on an upcoming Metroid title (as well as a possible new Zelda game) and to not help the matter Reggie Fils-Aime went on-stage during SpikeTV’s VGX 2014 awards with a Retro Studios employee rocking a Metroid pin on his jacket and acting extremely coy toward the future of the Metroid franchise. Here’s hoping we’ll see something new during Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct.
There’s obviously a lot, and we mean a lot of games we want to see at E3 2014 and didn’t have the time to list here. We’ll probably do a second list with the community choices some time very soon so please leave what you hope to see in the comments below! In the meantime, here’s some honorable mentions.
Far Cry 4 – Set in the Himalays
The next Mass Effect
Tomb Raider sequel