7 Things We're Looking Forward to in E3 2019Jun 8, 2019 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate With E3 happening next week, we’re sure to get a lot of news and information regarding a few highly-anticipated games and important matters in the gaming world.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again: E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo, the premier trade event in the gaming industry. With the dates set on June 11-13, the gaming world is hugely anticipating what various publishers and developers have in store for everyone. Although Sony won’t be around, Microsoft and some of the biggest names, like Square Enix and Ubisoft have a few things in store. Let’s take a look at some of which:
Likely teaser/announcement for the next-gen Xbox
With Sony out of the picture and Nintendo focusing on its games and Switch improvements, the stage is set for Microsoft to announce or tease their next-generation Xbox. The door is about to close on this generation, and it would make sense for Microsoft to use the E3’s spotlight and take the center-stage.
Apart from the next-gen console, here’s to hoping to we’ll see a fair amount of good Xbox exclusives. After all, Sony and Nintendo trump Microsoft in terms of exclusives, both in quality and quantity. We’re all hoping to a see a new Gears of War and Halo that is as good as something like God of War and Spider-Man.
Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers
We’re still reeling from the masterpiece that is Avengers: Endgame and we’re about to get more superhero action with a new Marvel’s Avengers. Details are scarce, but the giant publisher is planning to finally reveal the game on E3. Note that Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider games) is developing it along with Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex).
It’s said to be in a whole different universe, separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Here’s to hoping that it’s as action-packed as the movies and will feature our favorite heroes. After all, who wouldn’t want to experience a new Marvel experience and perhaps, a video game universe of its own!
Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Mario Maker, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Nintendo is on a roll, bringing its IPs to the Switch. We’ve had Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey in the past two years, and this year promises to be big.
In E3, we’re sure to get more information regarding Pokemon Sword and Shield, though they’ve released a new trailer. Marketing for the game is in full swing, considering that the release is on November. Apart from which, we’re pretty sure we’ll get more information and clips of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Mario Maker, both of which will release in July and June respectively. Animal Crossing might be a thing, and we hope to finally see a trailer.
Nintendo playable demos
In addition, there will also be playable demo versions of Luigi’s Mansion, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Zelda: The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. For us, we can't wait to explore the open-world parts of Sword and Shield, which is a first and is highly-requested. All in all, Nintendo will present a loaded showcase and we can’t wait for what it holds.
Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs, the open-world game where hacking and hi-tech take center stage, has been teased by Ubisoft ahead of E3. Though the first game, set in Chicago, was forgettable, Watch Dogs 2 (San Francisco) was a vastly-improved experience and the third entry, Legion, promises to be better than its predecessors. Details are scarce since Ubisoft is planning to fully announce everything in its own conference and we can’t wait for what it will hold.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot
Though you could accuse Activision of running out of creative ideas, you wouldn’t be able to fault them for rebooting the Modern Warfare series. After all, it’s one of the more memorable series in the history of first-person shooters. Anyone who has played it will fondly remember Captain Price, going around the desolate streets of Chernobyl, and of course, the battle between the United States and Russia on US soil.
The only info we have about the reboot is a trailer of a younger Captain Price and the release date, which is set in October. In any case, our trigger fingers are itchy and we’re hoping it will be as good as the old MW series.
Trails of Cold Steel III playable demo
Finally, we’ll be able to get our first glimpse of a playable demo build of Trails of Cold Steel, which has been around in Japan for over two years. The localization kicked off early this year (or late last year) and has been going smoothly, with NISA bringing in people who worked on the series when it was with XSeed. The voice cast remains intact, though with a few changes.
It’s one of the highly-rated yet under-the-radar games ever. In any case, if you’re interested in fictional worlds, an engaging story and turn-based combat, this is definitely one of the must-have games of the year.
Overall, E3 promises to be a great show and will definitely provide us with a lot of things to look forward to in the future. In your case, what are you looking forward to the most? Be sure to visit us again for next week’s round-up of the biggest takeaways of the event!