With E3 fast approaching, there’s been plenty of speculation on the announcements, trailers, demos, and new hardware we might see at the gaming industry convention in June. True to the nature of the rumor mill, there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding some of these titles, although at least one was quickly confirmed. Here’s a recap on a few of the rumors about upcoming announcements at E3.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor 2

We got our first hint of this project through an entry on the resume of a motion capture performer, and since then similar information has confirmed Monolith employees working on an ‘unannounced’ project. While there’s no official information about a sequel to the Middle Earth open-world orc-killer, E3 would be the obvious place to announce the project.

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The Last of Us 2

We’ve previosuly covered The Last of Us voice actor Nolan North essentially outing the development of a sequel to the critically-acclaimed survival horror title. Since then, it’s been no real secret that the sequel is in the works, and developer Naughty Dog’s production schedule makes it likely that it may be coming sooner than later. With Uncharted 4‘s a week away, E3 would be the perfect time to make things official.

Red Dead Redemption 2

This time, it was an image of a game map that was leaked (as well as a former employee’s cryptic hint), leading to comparisons with the original game and discussion about the possible sequel (or prequel) to the popular western. This isn’t the first time the game has been discussed; there was buzz about a possible appearance at last year’s E3. Since Rockstar is still playing this close to the vest, I’d categorize a E3 2016 appearance as wishful thinking.

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Bioware: IPs-a-Plenty

I’m personally a huge Bioware fan, and right now, the company seems to have a whole lot on its plate, much of which might show up for E3. The newest Mass Effect title, Andromeda, is currently playable and will almost certainly make some sort of apperance at the convention. Then there was this little tease by Dragon Age producer Mark Darrah. While the visual cues suggest links to the existing fantasy setting, it’s unclear if the revealed production material is for a main entry in the Dragon Age series or perhaps the speculated Dragon Age: Tactics. While the teased material looks to be in early stages, we may very likely hear more about the project at E3.

Finally, there’s the mysterious new IP. While Bioware has played coy in discussing details, the game has also been reported as being in a playable state. If so, there’s good chances that E3 will be our first look at the truth behind this mystery.

Where Rumors meet Reality

Finally, while many games come to the public’s attention first through unintentional leaks or dedicated sleuthing, subsequent announcements, trailers, and release schedules inevitably drag them from the realm of rumor to reality. Probably the best example of this is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.  As previously reported, news about the game spread quickly after an accidental listing on the Playstation Store. The leak forced Activision and Infinity Ward to officially announce the futuristic sequel, and an E3 appearance is now all but a certainty.

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Of course, this isn’t the only game we know about. Whether from official announcements, release dates, or other less rumor-y sources, we can expect a number of titles to make appearances, whether as gameplay trailers or playable demos. These include, but are hardly limited to Battlefield 5, Dishonored 2, For Honor, Final Fantasy XV, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Mafia III, ReCore, Titanfall 2 and The Legend of Zelda (which has been confirmed to be Nintendo’s only product on display at the show…sorry for anyone expecting a glimpse of the upcoming NX). And with all of these games and more, rumored or otherwise, we can be sure E3 will give us a great look at the next year of upcoming games.

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