Community Blog: E3 2010 Preview Part One
Check out my first of a couple articles laying out what E3 2010 might look like.
I don’t need to tell you that E3 is upon us. It’s that time of the year again where rumors and speculation run rampant; everyone wants to get their say in what the next E3 will hold. I’m not going to take too much time to indulge in speculation, although I admittedly might throw a claim or two that is sheerly based on my own guesswork, but most of what I’m going to assume we’ll see at E3 is based on announcements made and things saw at last year’s E3.
So the big three: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. These are probably the guys you most want to see, because they usually set the stage for all the awesome exclusives. And I’d say everyone can rejoice, because we’ve got good reason to believe that all three will be showing some slick exclusives and brand new things.
First, let’s look at Nintendo. I broke news on Gouki about the Nintendo 3DS, and since it’s been officially confirmed, I see every reason to believe we’ll see Nintendo showing off their plans for the 3DS launch. As far as what properties could be present at the 3DS launch is anyone’s guess at this point, but I don’t think expecting to see a new Mario or Zelda 3DS is too far out of the realm of possibility. Aside from that we could potentially get a new Pokemon game (perhaps the rumored Pokemon Black/White) or a portable Super Smash Brothers game (they must know that the fans have been asking for it). And speaking of Zelda, I’m expecting to see some Zelda Wii stuff on display as well, and possibly even some Metroid: Other M stuff since it got a pushed-back release date. There is some speculation about seeing a Wii HD, but I have a feeling that no such announcement will come from Nintendo at this year’s E3; I think the 3DS will be enough from a hardware perspective.
Let’s move on to Microsoft. Last year Microsoft unveiled Natal; this year I expect them to kick up the presentations twofold and probably put it out for demo as well. Microsoft knows how skeptical people have been since last year’s Milo presentation, so they might take the perfect opportunity to comfort all of the Natal naysayers. But Natal won’t really be the big fish in the sea, because that will go to Halo Reach and Fable 3. Both of these games are getting a spectacular amount of hype, and much like Natal both titles have a fair amount of naysayers. Microsoft, Lionhead, and Bungie will be a force to be reckoned with. I’m expecting a campaign demo for Halo Reach (the only thing I can imagine since the multiplayer is already in private beta), and some sort of hands-on for Fable 3 (perhaps showing off the Natal features). I also wonder if Microsoft won’t maybe have a trailer for Mass Effect 3 in store; I’d say it’s a strong possibility.
Out of the members of the big three, we really know the least about what Sony’s got going on. With the exception of Move, most of what they showed off last year will be out by this year’s E3. At least we can safely assume that Move will out for demonstration, and I’m sure Sony will be pushing hype on a bunch of titles that will use it. I can imagine that we’ll maybe get to see a trailer for Resistance 3 (after the whole billboard deal was circulated), and perhaps even LittleBigPlanet 2 (a rumor, I’m afraid). But there is a ray of sunshine in all of this: there are endless possibilities for franchises that Sony could take interest in revisiting or moving to the PS3, far more than I could consider listing. So I guess what I’m admitting is that Sony’s show will be the most up-in-the-air, but I’m optimistic that they have some great surprises in store.
So I think that’s going to wrap up part one of my E3 preview. Keep reading, because I should get around to getting some third-party speculations up before too long. In the meantime don’t forget to make Gouki one of your stops for E3 coverage and information!
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