On the Game Tangents Podcast episode 35, we made some E3 predictions concerning the press conferences for Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, and EA. After ruminating on these issues for a few days, I have come up with a few revisions and additions I would like to share in the dwindling hours before the spotlight of scrutiny turns on for E3 2013 on Monday, June 10.
EA recently acquired the rights to publish Star Wars franchise games exclusively. Hence it would seem unlikely to expect any major announcements of games in development within the venerable Star Wars universe, unless EA studios, such as Visceral or Dice, have taken over projects that were already in progress. Could new Star Wars: Battlefront and Republic Commando titles be waiting in the shadows? How about the resurrection of Star Wars: 1313? Anything concerning Star Wars that isn’t about The Old Republic MMO is quintessentially speculation at this point. Maybe EA will sneak in a surprise announcement about a Star Wars game we want to play while revealing new content for their Bioware developed MMO. Knights of the Old Republic 3, anyone?
EA sure does love its sports, and why shouldn’t they since it has been their biggest cash cow for many years. Unfortunately, sports presentations at E3 are typically boring or cheesy (remember when suited up NFL players appeared on stage a few years back), so expect more of the same at E3 2013. At least they will announce what the nature of their exclusive deal with Microsoft and the Xbox One is all about.
It has been EA’s stated goal for sometime now to develop every game with social interaction in mind. I predict they are not going to budge from this edict. In fact, discussion of social features in each and every game announced or demonstrated at the show will monopolize much of their time allocated on stage. Also, some form of monetized business model to replace the previously canceled online pass program will be revealed.
EA does not appear poised to show many new games at this year’s E3. Perhaps Respawn’s Titanfall will fill that void. Or maybe EA will show that they still see viability and believe in the Mirror’s Edge intellectual property. Only time will tell, and that time is very soon.
The apparent consensus out there is that Ubisoft had the best conference at last year’s E3, due in large part to the fact that they showed us new and unexpected titles. This year they are going to play it safe, and by no means does this imply that they aren’t going to put on a good show.
Ubisoft has a lineup of anticipated games to market for the Fall and holiday buying seasons. Games we already know about such as Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4, Rayman: Legends, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, will be a powerhouse showcase which will take up the bulk of Ubisoft’s on stage presentation. If they are waiting to show us something new, it won’t be very exciting or it won’t be at E3 (maybe gamescom).
We can expect to see a few quick announcements. Rainbow 6: Patriots will get a solid release date and ports for next-generation hardware, and a new Ghost Recon will be announced for next-generation systems. Ubisoft has shown in the past that they believe in Microsoft’s Kinect device, so expect a new Fitness Evolved game for Kinect 2.0 and, of course, a new Just Dance.
These are just a few predictions about this year’s highly anticipated E3 which are completely based entirely on rumor and speculation. That’s what makes it fun.
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