E3 2017 Predictions: Scorpio, SUPER SMASH BROS, and… GEX?!
June 10, 2017 - Super Smash Bros
E3 is roughly on us, that means we’ll shortly be removing proclamation after proclamation about a latest and biggest arriving video games and hardware. What should we design from this year’s Gamer Christmas? It’s time to speculate.
Microsoft’s Scorpio Will Get a Release Date, Price
Let’s get a many apparent out of a approach first, shall we? We already know a beefed-up visitor to a Xbox family will be out this year; Microsoft told us so during a final E3 press conference. We know it’s got 6 teraflops of power, loyal 4K gaming capacity, and an modernized glass cooling system; what we don’t know is accurately when a console recover and how many it will cost. Our money’s on late October, starting during $400—any some-more and Microsoft is risking a same kind of recoil that accompanied a strange Xbone during launch.
Nintendo Switch Gets First-Party Hits
Instead of carrying a normal press conference, Nintendo likes to residence a fans directly during a week of E3. On Tuesday morning during 9 a.m. PT, a publisher is streaming a “Kick off Nintendo during E3” presentation, during that we’ll presumably hear some-more about a 2017 lineup. Super Mario Odyssey should be removing a decisive holiday deteriorate recover date, though that’s not a usually first-party news we’ll hear. With a Switch pier of Mario Kart 8 apropos a fastest-selling diversion in authorization history, can a fine chronicle of a Wii U’s Super Smash Bros. be distant behind? Probably not. Also, it’s about time we got some news on a subsequent Animal Crossing, as a Switch is a ideal height for it.
Elder Scrolls… in Spaaaaaaace
The gossip about Bethesda’s Starfield has been floating around for a while, and it’s wholly probable a rumblings will turn existence during a publisher’s Jun 11 press conference. You don’t book a large prime-time showcase unless you’ve got something massive to uncover off, like Fallout 4 (which happened in 2015) or a lapse of Quake and Dishonored (2016). It’s also been 6 years given a final Elder Scrolls and dual given Fallout 4, so we’re due for another epic, sprawling Bethesda RPG.
Kingdom Hearts III or Final Fantasy VII News (But Not Both)
Sony and Square Enix only adore to tease. They also adore to make announcements years and years before a product is indeed expelled (let’s not forget 2016’s Final Fantasy XV was announced in 2006). One of a many noted moments in E3 press discussion story was a exhibit of the long-rumored Final Fantasy VII remake during Sony’s uncover behind in 2015, and given afterwards we’ve heard… roughly nothing. Same with Kingdom Hearts III, suggested even serve behind in freaking 2013. One of these Square Enix JRPGs from a dear authorization has to be inching closer to completion, right? Right?
More Nostalgia Reboots
Like it or not, ’90s nostalgia is in full pitch right now. We’ve got Crash Bandicoot and Toe Jam Earl titles on a way, a new Bubsy was only announced, and that’s substantially not a final we’ll see of mouthy 90s gaming mascots. What’s next, a high-def Gex remake with a suggested gecko enormous correct about complicated cocktail culture? More Jazz Jackrabbit? A dirty Cool Spot reboot? We’ll find out shortly enough.
Microsoft’s HoloLens Will Become a Consumer Reality (Someday)
Microsoft’s protracted existence headset got an considerable display during E3 2015, when a live HoloLens demo showed us all how to knowledge Minecraft in a whole new way. Since then, it’s been done accessible to developers, though it’s not utterly market-ready. That should change soon. With Apple also relocating into a AR margin with a possess ARkit development software, it’s time for Microsoft to make a move. HoloLens won’t be inexpensive and it’s still substantially not entrance out this year, though it’s time for a mixed-reality device to make another appearance.
Lara Croft Returns in a New Tomb-Raiding Adventure
Square Enix’s 2013 Tomb Raider reboot was met with vicious commend and set a new sales record for a franchise. Rise of a Tomb Raider successfully built on that substructure and continued Lara Croft’s new start story in 2015. It’s now been another dual years, that means a time is right for a new Tomb Raider. We’re prepared to see a some-more gifted Lara in some opposite outlandish locales—with her reliable icepick in hand, of course. Just don’t design it this year, given Tomb Raider games are typically announced a year or some-more before release.
What are we awaiting (or anticipating opposite hope) to see during E3 2017? Be certain to dump a criticism and let us know.