E3 2014: Top 10 Most Wanted Game Announcements
Written Friday, June 06, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
It's almost time. E3 2014 draws near and we're preparing for announcements, trailers and insanity galore. Next week is going to be huge.
We'll be there as ever, attending all the conferences (Editor Dan), scurrying around the show floor (News Ed Rich) and covering every scrap of news from home in our pants (me). But before the madness kicks off, we took the time to pick our Most Wanted Announcements of E3 2014.
Below you'll find our picks of the hottest, most anticipated titles that we hope will be officially revealed either during the show. Have a look and tell us what you think, then jump in on the comments and tell us why we're wrong, what we've missed, what you'd add and which one you think is a rumour too far.
Gears of War
Black Tusk | Xbox One
We don’t expect to see much from this one. Following Microsoft’s acquisition of the Gears of War franchise from creators Epic Games, Black Tusk has been put in charge of the series’ Xbox One debut. But the studio’s only just started. Given the circumstances we’d settle for a short CG trailer and a smattering of info.
It’ll be interesting to see what direction Gears of War is being taken in. The original game was a big factor in the success of the Xbox 360. Microsoft will be hoping that Gears of War: Lazarus (as it's rumoured to be named) can have a similar effect on Xbox One. With time, money and producer Rod Fergusson on board, Black Tusk might just pull it off. A trailer and an indication of the direction they’re going in will help to get everyone buzzing.
Mass Effect 4
BioWare | Xbox One, PS4
Can we expect to see anything from Mass Effect 4 at this year’s E3? With BioWare up to their necks in development on Dragon Age: Inquisition, while also working on a Star Wars game and a brand new IP, we wouldn't count on it. But we’ve seen enough of Mass Effect 4 to know that BioWare may be in a position to properly, formally announce the game next week.
It’s the unanswered questions that make the game so intriguing. Who will be the protagonist? Will it be set before the Shepard trilogy? After? During? Will we get a new perspective on some of the places and races of the universe? How much more expansive will next-gen consoles allow the game to be? If we end the week with answers to any of these questions, we’ll be happy.
Microsoft Game Studios | Xbox One
It’s about time, right? Crackdown 2 feels like a lifetime ago and rumours of a sequel have been percolating for years, encouraged by that image from the Xbox One reveal event and Microsoft’s continued verbal support for the series. An announcement at E3 2014 would make a lot of people very happy indeed.
Interestingly, Crackdown has more competition these days, in terms of superpowered open world games. It’s not quite as unique as it once was, thanks to the likes of Infamous and Saints Row IV. Crackdown 3 has to add something new and fresh to the formula in order to remain vital. We wonder what Microsoft has planned.
Left 4 Dead 3
Valve | Xbox One, PS4
This is the first year in a very long time that we haven’t put Half-Life 3 on our Most Wanted Announcements list. We’ve given up hope, basically. So instead we turn to a different Valve game with a 3 on the end. With all the recent murmurings, a Left 4 Dead 3 reveal next week would be both welcome and likely.
Also enticing is the fact that Microsoft and Sony have made it quicker, easier and cheaper for developers to issue updates to their games. Left 4 Dead 3 on next-gen consoles, afforded the kind of post-release support lavished on Valve’s PC titles, could mean we’ll be taking on waves of zombies with friends for a long time to come.
Rockstar | Xbox One, PS4
Next-gen remakes are boring, right? Especially if you’ve played the crap out of the original. But what if it’s GTA V, the biggest, fastest-selling game in the history of the medium? What if it’s a next-gen remake that improves on an already technically astounding original? What if it’s timed to release alongside GTA Online’s much-heralded Heist missions?
What if it comes with access to GTA V’s single-player expansions? What if it’s a timed platform exclusive, revealed during Microsoft or Sony’s press conference? What if Phil Spencer or Kaz Hirai come on stage with GTA V tattooed on their face? That wouldn’t be boring at all. We’re stretching here, but we hope at least a couple of the things above actually happen. Especially the tattoo thing.
Square Enix Montreal | Xbox One, PS4
So we already know about Deus Ex Universe, Square Enix’s “ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games”. That sentence is mostly waffle, but here’s the important bit: Deus Ex is coming to next-gen consoles. Of all Square Enix’s recent reboots, Human Revolution was the best. We can’t wait for more.
Next to nothing has been revealed about any of these games so far, beyond a single piece of concept art, depicting a 'ghetto-city' representing Deus Ex’s segregated underclass. It’s likely it relates to the Deux Ex: Mankind Divided trademark registered by Square Enix a few months back. A proper E3 reveal would be super sweet.
A Rare game without Kinect
Rare | Xbox One
Now that Kinect is no longer at the heart of the Xbox One experience (it never was, but Microsoft insisted otherwise), Rare is presumably free to get back to delivering the kind of fun, engaging, controller-based games with which it made its name. Could we see an announcement at E3 2014?
Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, Conkers Bad Fur Day, Viva Piñata, Kameo, Goldeneye and a whole bunch more - Rare is a brilliant developer, sadly wasted in recent years. A reboot of any of these properties, or better still the reveal of a brand new IP, could be one of next week’s most exciting announcements.
Platinum | Xbox One
Platinum is the unrivalled king of Japanese action games, with a string a quality titles to their name. Vanquish, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Bayonetta and more; when it comes to murdering and blowing shit up and in style, nobody does it quite like Platinum. And if the rumours are to believed, Microsoft has signed them up for an exclusive Xbox One game.
The reports so far have revealed nothing beyond a March 2016 release window and Platinum have been either quiet or (in the case of the inimitable Hideki Kamiya) typically bullish. But nobody has said it’s not true. All eyes on Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference for official confirmation and an explosive trailer.
Rainbow 6: Patriots
Ubisoft | Xbox One, PS4
What on earth is going on with Rainbow 6: Patriots? Announced a million years ago, development has been somewhat problematic since, with at least a couple of complete restarts within Ubisoft. Recent months have been deadly silent, so the scene is set for an E3 2014 re-announcement.
Rainbow 6 was a major force at the beginning of the last generation. Vegas (and to a lesser extent Vegas 2) were chuffing brilliant and we still occasionally dip back into the fantastic Terrorist Hunt mode. The next twelve months could see the franchise come back and regain its position as one of the smartest tactical shooters around. We’re ready.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Ubisoft | Xbox One, PS4
For the past few years, Ubisoft has made a habit out of making big, surprising announcements out of the blue during their E3 press conferences. Most of those have been new IP. It’s unlikely that Ubisoft will release yet another big, new, AAA IP in the next few months, so how about the announcement of a much-loved, long-awaited sequel?
We know creator Michel Ancel is working on Beyond Good & Evil 2. He’s been juggling it with the development of Rayman for years now and has publicly said that it’s coming to next-gen consoles. The time is right for a proper announcement. If Ancel comes on stage and unveils BG&E2, Ubisoft’s strong run of E3 press conferences will continue.